Commander On Course For Gold

Sun 10th Feb 2013, 11:14

Imperial Commander
©Healy Racing Photos
Nigel Twiston-Davies reports Imperial Commander's build-up to next month's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup to be continuing without a hitch.

The 2010 champion returned from an enforced absence of almost two years when beaten just half a length in the Argento Chase at his favourite course.

"He's great, it's all systems go," said the Naunton handler.

"He will probably have a racecourse gallop somewhere, just to keep him ticking over."

The trainer of more than a dozen winners at the Festival is sure to be mob-handed once again at his local venue with the likes of smart novice The New One and African Gold, who has been beaten only once in six career starts and could be one of his best chances.

"He will go for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle," said Twiston-Davies.

He can be backed at 14/1 with Sky Bet for Friday's three mile novice.

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.

THE IRISH TIMES