Imperial Commander: finest hour came in the 2010 Gold CupPICTURE: Getty Images
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."