Commander on course for Argento

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 15:08 GMT

Imperial Commander is on course to make his first racecourse appearance for nearly two years after successfully completing another track workout before racing at Warwick.

Imperial Commander: On his way back
Imperial Commander: On his way back

Having also galloped at Chepstow seven days earlier, the 2010 Gold Cup winner went well clear of his stable-companion under Paddy Brennan, leaving the jockey to express high hopes for a big run in Cheltenham's Argento Chase in a fortnight's time.

Imperial Commander has been off the track since finishing lame in the 2011 Gold Cup, an intended return to the track earlier this season in the Betfair Chase having to be aborted when the horse was found to have a hairline fracture to a hind splint bone.

"He did a proper bit there and I'd say he's exactly where Nigel [Twiston-Davies, the horse's trainer] would want him," Brennan told Racing UK.

"He'll be spot-on for two weeks' time. Obviously he's getting older but his appetite is still there. He's probably lost a little bit of his speed so well have to ride him handier but he has done that as well as you could have wanted and still has all of his old class.

"He's well and fresh and we know that he runs very well when he is fresh, so we'll have to see how he gets on."

The 12 year old can be backed at 50/1 with Sky Bet for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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