Chris Gordon was encouraged to see Simply The Betts boost the form of Commanche Red, before his next intended run in Kempton’s 888Sport Pendil Novices’ Chase.
Gordon’s seven-year-old turned what looked a decent handicap into a bit of a procession at Kempton on Boxing Day, winning by nine lengths.
Saturday’s Cheltenham winner Simply The Betts was back in second – with Gordon’s On The Slopes third – and the latter was also placed again at the weekend, adding further weight to the form.
“He’s going for the Pendil at Kempton over two and a half miles towards the end of next month,” Gordon said of Commanche Red.
“All has been good with him, so we’ve fingers crossed for a good run.
“Obviously it was nice to see the form boosted – we had one in it ourselves, in On The Slopes. He was supposed to go for a race at Huntingdon last week, when the river burst its banks.
“He looks like he might get two and a half (miles) on an easy track, but two-two on a stiffer track would suit. There’s a race at Kempton on February 7 we might look at.
“The winner, Simply The Betts, I don’t think looked happy at Kempton – he looked a different horse altogether at the weekend.
“(But) it can’t do ours any harm, and we’re looking forward to the Pendil. He really impressed us on Boxing Day – he was really impressive, and I’m hoping it carries on.
“They all reach their limit sooner rather than later, but hopefully he carries on improving.”