2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander looks set to return to the track in the new season after connections confirmed he was in fine form at home. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse has been off track since being pulled up in the 2011 Gold Cup and after suffering tendon injury at home his career had been in doubt. Imperial Commander was given last season off to recover and that appears to have done the trick with the horse almost ready to return to Nigel Twiston-Davies with the new season already on the horizon. All being well we could see the horse take his chance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November which is a race he has won in the past. In his prime Imperial Commander was a top class chaser and if he can return to somewhere near his best he will be a a great addition to the division once against this season.
Imperial Commander shocked most when he won the Gold Cup in 2010 as he held off a charge from Denman up the hill to claim a win at the Cheltenham Festival for the second season in a row. That success in the Gold Cup followed up a win in the Ryanair Chase from 2009 which proves he relishes the conditions at Prestbury Park in the Spring. It is hard to see the horse challenging against the likes of Sir Des Champs and Long Run among others next season but if he is at his best then he will surely be worth some each eay gold cup money. Connections clearly love the horse but he will be 12 years-old by the time the Festival comes around next year making it hard to ask to compete at this level. Either way though it will be great to have Imperial commander back on the scene this winter with the Betfair Chase set to be given an extra angle if he returns to Haydock fit and well in November.