Imperial on track for comeback
Thursday 1 November 2012
Nigel Twiston-Davies reports Imperial Commander on course to return to action in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 24 following his recent workout at Chepstow.
The 2010 Gold Cup hero lifted this prize that year after being just touched off by Kauto Star 12 months earlier, but he has been absent since pulling up when attempting to defend his Cheltenham crown in 2011.
However, he showed he was on the way back when working two miles in the hands of Aidan Coleman with his new stablemate Ransom Note at the Welsh venue on Saturday.
"Imperial Commander is on course for the Betfair Chase at Haydock," said Naunton-based Twiston-Davies.
"He went very nicely at the weekend - it was only a canter round - but he did it very nicely so that was all right.
"We sent him to Chepstow just keep him interested and on his toes and obviously to increase his fitness and things like that - we want to get him to the race at 100%.
"His clash with Kauto Star in 2009 was quite a sad day for us because we thought we had won when we hadn't, but we got our revenge in the Gold Cup that season."