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Jo Collinson with Imperial Commander outside The Hollow Bottom pub in Guiting Power 20.03.2010

Imperial Commander receives a hero's welcome as he returns to Naunton in Gloucestershire on Saturday morning

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Imperial Commander could run at Aintree

TRAINER Nigel Twiston-Davies on Saturday left the door open for Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander to run again this season.

In seeing off Denman by seven lengths in the Totesport-sponsored race, Imperial Commander was proclaimed "the besthorse over fences in the country" by Twiston-Davies, who revealed that the nine-year-old could be in action at Aintree's Grand National meeting next month.

The Grade 1 Totesport Bowl on April 8 - two days before the National - would be Imperial Commander's most likely destination and Twiston-Davies told At The Races: "I don't think it will come too soon, but I'll have to talk to the owners.

"Let's see how he is, but it would be nice."

Imperial Commander advertised his credentials as a Gold Cup contender when running Kauto Star to a nose in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and Twiston-Davies thinks that race will be a likely starting point for next season's campaign.

"We've got a lot to discuss," added the trainer, who also said he would consider running his champion in the King George, a race in which he finished fifth on his previous start before the Gold Cup.

"The obvious one is Haydock and then we'll suck it and see with Kempton.

"We've had no luck there but we won't rule it out. There's a lot of thinking and talking to do."

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