Newbury Business Today

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Newbury Business Today at the heart of your community Date: 7.12.2017 - Distributed with the Newbur y Weekly News IT’S A RACING CERT New trophy and increased prize money from Ladbrokes reinvigorate iconic ho rserace THIS new winner’s cup was presented for the first time at Saturday’s £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury Racecourse. After 60 years of being known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, Ladbrokes reinvigorated one of the most popu- lar contests of the Jump racing season with an injection of prize money and a new identity. London and Julian had seen my portfolio. At the same time, I knew Mike Dillon from my previous work for Ladbrokes and so the two things came together when it came to being asked to design and create this trophy.” The £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy was the highlight of The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury Race- course over the weekend.

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Ladbrokes director of public relations Mike Dillon said: “The new trophy is a fitting prize for such an iconic race which repeat- edly produces superstar horses.” The trophy is the work of artist and designer Lee Simmons, who said: “I was introduced to the race- course’s chief executive Julian Thick by Madeleine Lloyd-Webber, as I have also been working on an interesting commission for the Lloyd-Webbers at the Palladium in

The two-day meeting – on Friday and Saturday – was broadcast live on ITV Racing. The Ladbrokes Trophy, formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, was worth £250,000 this year, an increase of £50,000 on the 2016 race. The major race on Friday was the £50,000 Grade 2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle. The total prize money across the two days increased by almost £100,000 to £700,000, with Ladbrokes sponsoring 13 of the 14 races in an initial five-year deal. Ladbrokes Coral Group chief executive Jim Mullen said: “Horseracing is a vital part of the heritage of our business, and we are passionate about maintaining our support of the sport. “We have committed to work in partnership with Newbury Race- course to build the two days of this fixture into one of the most compelling attractions not just in the racing calendar, but in that of sport as a whole.”

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The new Ladbrokes T rophy that was presented for the first time on Saturday

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