The official countdown to the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival starts on Tuesday at Newbury as the official gallops morning takes place with key contenders ahead of the Grade Three Ladbrokes Trophy on Saturday week.
The morning, which has grown in success, usually takes place in front of 250 Newbury Racecourse Annual Members but given the latest government restrictions, will operate as a ‘behind closed doors’ raceday with the current measures and protocols in place.
To ensure people don’t miss out on the chance to see some of the Jumps stars put through their paces, Racing TV will broadcast the morning live and free to air for the first time. The broadcast, hosted by Rishi Persad, will start at 10am.
The 2019 Ladbrokes Long Distance winner, Paisley Park who is due to make his seasonal reappearance in this year’s Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle, will be among 20 horses who gallop on Tuesday morning.
La Bague Au Roi who holds an entry in the Ladbrokes Trophy for Lambourn trainer Warren Greatrex will take part along with Gary Moore’s interesting entry, Benatar, plus the Ben Pauling-trained Kildisart who was most recently third in the bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby at the end of October.
Champion trainer, Nicky Henderson who has well supported the event for the last few years will also bring some of his stable stars along for a racecourse gallop. Altior, Epatante, Santini and _ his Ladbrokes trophy entry, Beware the Bear, who was fourth in the race last year, are set to exercise.
Kim Bailey will give Vinndication a workout, while Tom George will work Springfield Fox.
Watch a full replay of last year's Ladbrokes Trophy - won by De Rasher Counter after he had taken part in the gallops morning
Keith Ottesen, Clerk of the Course for Newbury Racecourse said: “The gallops morning has become a key event in the build up to the two-day meeting and every year we have welcomed leading contenders, media and our annual members. We are very grateful to the BHA and local public health for allowing us to run the event as a behind closed doors raceday and its brilliant that Racing TV will broadcast the morning live and importantly owners and those interested can tune it to watch it for free.”
Ladbrokes spokesman Jon Lees said: “We are very grateful to the connections for taking advantage of this opportunity to fine-tune members of their team at Newbury ahead of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival. It helps whet the appetite for the two-day meeting and what we hope will be another memorable edition of the showpiece Ladbrokes Trophy.”
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