Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, Cheltenham 15:00
£30,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m 4f 110y, Class 1  
Saturday 24th January 2015

1 Ordo Ab Chao 16/1
2 Value At Risk 11/10F
3 Vago Collonges 8/1
9 ran Distances: ¾l, ¾l, 1l
TIME 5m 13.00s (slow by 31.00s)

Ordo Ab Chao hods on to win the Neptune Trial for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson

Ordo Ab Chao
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Six horses held a live chance approaching the final flight, with Vago Collonges the first to state his intentions.

The six-year-old was, however, a little scruffy over the obstacle, which gave the initiative to the Alan King-trained Ordo Ab Chao (16-1).

Runner-up Value At Risk fought back when seemingly beaten to close the deficit to three-quarters of a length at the line as the 11-10 favourite.

King said: "He won his first two novices impressively then he bombed out at Sandown - he was travelling great to two out then stopped dead.

"We couldn't put our finger on what went wrong that day, but he's come back and did a serious gallop last week. That told us he was back to his best.

"I always thought he was one of our best novices.

"He'll have entries in both the two-mile-five and three-mile novice races at the Festival."

Value At Risk
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Value At Risk

Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
(Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2)
£30,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Soft

  Dist Horse Jockey /Weight Trainer Age
1st Ordo Ab Chao (IRE) 16/1 W Hutchinson
11-9
A King 6
2nd ¾ Value At Risk 11/10f Harry Skelton
11-9
D Skelton 6
3rd ¾ Vago Collonges (FR) 8/1 S Twiston-Davies
11-9
P F Nicholls 6
4th 1 Robinsfirth (IRE) 7/1 D A Jacob
11-9
C L Tizzard 6
5th 5 Some Buckle (IRE) 25/1 P J Brennan
11-5
T R George 6
6th 14 Present View 6/1 Brendan Powell
11-5
Jamie Snowden 7
7th 39 Thistlecrack 25/1 Mr M Legg
11-9
C L Tizzard 7
8th ¾ Stilletto (IRE) 10/1 T J O'Brien
11-9
P J Hobbs 6
F Native River (IRE) 16/1 T Scudamore
11-12
C L Tizzard 5