Chris Gordon considers options for promising Commanche Red

Suitable ground the key

  • Thursday 15 November
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Chris Gordon is just waiting for “good, safe ground” to get Commanche Red out again after his emphatic debut win over hurdles at Fontwell six weeks ago.

The Hampshire trainer has already ruled out going to Uttoxeter for a two-mile novice hurdle on Saturday and is hoping conditions will be suitable for a similar event over an extended two-and-a-half miles at Plumpton on Monday.

If not, then the next possible option is the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation Introductory Hurdle over two miles at Ascot on Friday.

“I’m just waiting for good, safe ground. He might go to Plumpton on Monday if it’s on he easy side of good. That’s all I want,” said Gordon.

“He’s in there and if not the next plan would be an introductory hurdle next Friday at Ascot. They are for horses that have only won one hurdle race. If it’s safe at Plumpton, we’ll be going there.

“At the end of the day, he’s an exciting chaser for the future, but he’s a decent novice hurdler.”

He added: “We won’t be going to Uttoxeter. I think it’s dried there too much. Fingers crossed we’ll be at Plumpton on Monday.

“If that doesn’t happen we’ll aim for Ascot and just keep going until we get ground on the safe side.”

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