Imperial Commander last won the Betfair Chase at Haydock in 2010PICTURE: Martin Lynch
Imperial Commander to return in Betfair Chase
THE prospects of 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander seeing the racecourse again were given a boost after a positive update from connections, with the Betfair Chase in November his likely starting point, should everything go to plan.
Last seen when pulled up in the 2011 Gold Cup having both broken a blood vessel and returned lame on his near fore, Imperial Commander was brought back into training at the start of last season, but the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury in September and was given the season off.
He has spent the time recovering at Mount Top Stud near Belfast, where he has begun roadwork to build up his strength and fitness ahead of returning to Twiston-Davies for the continuation of his racing career.
Ian Robinson, part of Our Friends In The North, the syndicate which owns Imperial Commander, told the Gloucestershire Echo: "He looks fantastic and scans on the leg have come back clear twice. He's had a good long break and fingers crossed everything will go to plan.
"We'll take it step by step and get a lot of road work into him so the tendon is nice and strong. There's no reason why he won't race again because the leg has come back fine and everyone looking after him has done a fantastic job."