By Abby Rugg
IMPERIAL COMMANDER is around 20/1 to regain his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown after his heroic performance at the Festival Trials.
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies was thrilled with the way the 12-year-old battled against the field in the Argento Chase last month.
After leading for a long way throughout the chase, Imperial Commander was just caught by Cape Tribulation and went down to second by half-a-length.
But the 2010 Gold Cup hero will now bid to become the second horse – after Kauto Star in 2009 – to regain his crown and the first 12-year-old since What A Myth in 1969.
Twiston-Davies’ horse certainly pulled off a breath-taking win at Cheltenham last month and regained fans in the process.
He hadn’t run for 680 days and suffered a set back at the beginning of the season, but still managed to finish in a respectable position.
With the odds of 20/1, and Bobs Worth being the 3/1 favourite, Imperial Commander may seem like the dark the horse in the race.
But I think a small flutter on the Twiston-Davies trained horse would not go amiss.
He produced the wow factor and did what Kauto Star managed to do: doubted the punters who said he was too old to win again. He is a joy to watch and I personally did not think we would see him again.
I think Imperial Commander is one to consider and should not be crossed off the list.
He stormed up the hill like a steam train in the Festival Trials and I believe he can do it again, but this time finish one place better.