Commander Set For Return To Action At Haydock

Mon 19th Nov 2012, 01:09

Imperial Commander on his way to winning the Gold Cup in 2010
©Healy Racing Photos
Imperial Commander is on track to make his return to action in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 11-year-old has not been seen since pulling up in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup, which was his first run since he won the Haydock race in 2010.

Naunton handler Twiston-Davies said: "He has been very good.

"I haven't had him back very long and it was a case of had he taken one wrong step then we wouldn't have got him to the Betfair.

"It's so difficult when you have got a horse that has had a leg (problem), but he is as fit as I can get him without having had a run.

"Everyone says is he as good as he was, but who can say?"

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