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Imperial Commander

Imperial Commander has the Betfair Chase as his first target

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Imperial Commander sails round Chepstow

IMPERIAL COMMANDER, the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, came through a searching two-mile gallop with former Group-race Flat horse Ransom Note before racing at Chepstow on Saturday.

The 11-year-old, who looked big and well, took the track for the first time in over 18 months under Aidan Coleman.

With Sam Twiston-Davies on Ransom Note, who was rated 110 in his pomp and was racing against Cirrus des Aigles last year for Charlie Hills, the pair jumped off before the second-last fence and went a strong gallop into the back straight where they eased off as they weaved between the hurdles and fences.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "Imperial Commander is a big old boy and doesn't do a lot on the gallops at home but he is looking absoultely magnificent and loves his work.

"The target is to run in the Betfair Chase again but he wouldn't go unless he is absolutely perfect."

The trainer is also looking forward to running Ransom Note, who is owned by Raymond Mould, reporting: "He has jumped hurdles really well at home and is exciting."

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