Imperial sparks at Chepstow
Gold Cup winner sparkles in his work
Last Updated: October 27, 2012 5:33pm
Imperial Commander: Worked well at Chepstow
The connections of Imperial Commander expressed their delight after a crucial racecourse gallop before racing at Chepstow.
The 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero showed his well-being ahead of his intended return from injury in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 24.
The 11-year-old, who has not raced since being pulled up in the 2011 Gold Cup, worked two miles in the hands of Aidan Coleman with his new stablemate Ransom Note, a Group Two winner on the Flat for Charlie Hills.
"We are very happy. He worked alongside Ransom Note, so you'd expect him to have a blow after that," said Ian Robinson, of his owners, the Friends of the North syndicate.
"He's been off for 18 months, so it's case of getting him back in the habit.
"He's done plenty of work and a lot of swimming and this was something different for him.
"He seems to enjoy being a racehorse and that's what it is all about. He won't be asked to do anything he doesn't want to do at his age.
"He's lapping up the work and this is another step forward. He went round on the bridle and had a good old blow.
"We have a few weeks to the race yet and we're very happy. I've spoken to Nigel and he's very happy.
"We may have to give the horse one more racecourse gallop before he hits the course on November 24. We've got a bit of time in hand yet.
"We're on target and that's all we really wanted to know."
Another member of the syndicate, Hugh Doubtfire, said: "Nigel said he blew a bit but it went well.
"We're all happy and we'll keep our fingers crossed."