Imperial Commander produced a masterful display back in March to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and his connections have already planned his route to the defence of his title. The Nigel Twiston-Davies ended the Gold Cup domination of Denman and Kauto Star this year and they are looking to build on that success in the new season. Imperial Commander has an average record at Kempton and the King George in particular, nevertheless he will be back there on Boxing Day as he looks to get a good run in beofre heading back to the Gold Cup. This will be his third run in the King George but both times he has been beaten comfortably by Kauto Star, in fact Imperial Commander has yet to record a win on a right-handed track.
The Gold Cup winner is a horse that saves his best for the Cheltenham Festival having also won the Ryanair Chase back in 2009, but away from Prestbury Park he is yet to show the same sort of form. We saw him fall at Aintree in April in the Totesport Bowl which only served to highlight that point, connections will be hoping he can improve on that firstly in the Betfair Chase at Haydock before going to Kempton for the Boxing Day showpiece. If he can produce his best form he will be a force in the King George with Kauto Star looking for his 5th successive win in the race, also set to take his chance is the talented Long Run who looks to have a big future. A couple of good performances for Imperial Commander will see his Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds slashed further as he goes for a second win in the big race.