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Imperial Commander

Imperial Commander: finest hour came in the 2010 Gold Cup

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Commander pleases in Chepstow gallop

IMPERIAL COMMANDER continued his preparation for the Argento Chase in three weeks time when leading stablemate Ransom Note in a steady 2m racecourse gallop prior to racing at Chepstow.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, who had to abandon plans to run the former 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in the Betfair Chase due to a minor leg fracture, expressed pleasure with the 12-year-old's display.

"That was all we wanted him to do," said Twiston-Davies, adding: "It looks like he will get to the Argento. He didn't blow too much and might have one more racecourse gallop before Cheltenham."

BetVictor go 66-1 about Imperial Commander regaining his Gold Cup crown in March.

The Giant Bolster, runner-up in last year's Gold Cup and a general 25-1 shot for this year's race, is also being aimed at the Argento by trainer David Bridgwater.

He said on Saturday: "He's in good form and will go for the Argento. He likes Cheltenham and has won at that meeting for the last two seasons."

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