By Andrew Atkinson

Trainer Chris Gordon based at Morestead Stables in Winchester, Hampshire, is waiting for better ground after Mellow Ben finished fourth in the Ladbrokes 3 miles Handicap Chase at Kempton, with stablemate Commanche Red pulled-up.

“We had a couple of runners on December 27 at Kempton, with Mellow Ben and Commanche Red.

Trainer Chris Gordon: waiting for better ground for Mellow Ben.

“Ben ran a cracking race to finish fourth, having made all virtually the whole way, just weakening on that slightly softer ground,” said Gordon.

Former champion jockey Richard Johnson was in the saddle and Gordon said: “Richard Johnson was really pleased with him, and just said he wants better ground.”

Speaking about Commanche Red, pulled up after not jumping too well, with jockey Tom Cannon saying the seven-year-old was never travelling well.

“With Commanche Red we are struggling a bit at the moment – he seems to have fallen out of love with racing!

“He just doesn’t have his usual exuberance in a race, like he does at home, so we will have a think about where and when to run him next,” said Gordon.