A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Ladbrokes Trophy, formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, is one of the oldest chases on the National Hunt calendar. Raced in December around Newbury, the Ladbrokes Trophy is a hugely popular Grade 3 Handicap run over 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs of the testing left-handed Berkshire circuit.
Big races like this are a focus for the online bookmakers who all want punters' business and going 5 places each way is an excellent way to attract new customers and additional bets. Since 2011, a number of online bookmakers have gone 5 place each way on the Ladbrokes Trophy and an additional each way place which makes a huge difference to punters looking generating profit from the race. So here's our guide to getting 5 places or potentially even 6 places each way at the 2017 Ladbrokes Trophy.
The Ladbrokes Trophy has been in existence since the 1950s and is inextricably linked to 2-time winners Arkle and Denman. The Paul Nicholls trained Denman won in both 2007 and 2009 and his lengthy range and staying power is something that winners of the race have in abundance. Take 2015 winner Smad Place who ran the rest of the field into the ground in testing conditions, as did 2016 winner Native River who went on to win the Welsh Grand National and share favouritism at the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The race, which is worth a sizeable £113,000 to the winner, has been won in the past by Mill House, Bregawn, Burrough Hill Lad, Suny Bay, Celestial Gold, 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth and 2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds.
With anything up to 21 runners in this Handicap race since 2012, most online bookmakers pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds. However the Ladbrokes Trophy is so popular in the National Hunt arena that a number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place with 5 places each way at the Ladbrokes Trophy being available to savvy punters who choose the right bookie. Naturally 5 places covers around 25% of the field and adds massive value for bettors.
Ladbrokes Trophy Each Way Places Tracker
We track the value served by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, clever online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years.
2015 Each Way Terms Offered:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
2017 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 4 places each way in the Ladbrokes Trophy from 2015 onwards:
In the 2015 renewal, Paul Nicholls runner Saphir Du Rheu went off as the 9/2 favourite. A winner of the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham and a Grade 1 Novices' Chase at Aintree the season before, Saphir Du Rheu looked the horse to beat and was heavily backed. However the soft ground caught up with the 6 year-old and Smad Place famously made all of the running to win by an impressive 12 lengths. Saphir Du Rheu trailed in 5th with the vast majority of backers receiving no return. However each way punters with bet365 and Paddy Power effectively got their stake back as they paid out to a generous fifth place.
2016 saw the well-backed favourite Native River (7/2F), trained by Colin Tizzard, just hold on from 33/1 shot Carole's Destrier. In the race for each way value, bet365, Paddy Power and William Hill went 5 places each way at full 1/4 odds as the race approached. The well-backed second favourite Blaklion, who finished 5th, was paid out each way by bet365, Paddy Power and William Hill.
2017 saw the quietly fancied Whisper (8/1) headed in the final strides by favourite Total Recall to give Willie Mullins his first success in this race. With Pilgrims Bay (33/1) finishing 5th, Missed Approach (20/1) 6th and Potters Legend (20/1) finishing 7th, punters who chose to use bookmakers offering extra each-way places were counting some tasty each-way returns after the race.