Imperial Commander's comeback bid in Betfair Chase derailed by fresh injury blow
14:38 GMT, 20 November 2012
The comeback of 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander has been derailed by a fresh injury.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding has sustained a small fracture in a splint bone in a hind leg.
It means Imperial Commander misses Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock, which had been due to be his first run since the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup having been sidelined with a tendon injury.
Twiston-Davies is hoping that he can get Imperial Commander back on track early next year, but with the son of Flemensfirth turning 12-years-old on New Year’s day time is running out for the gelding.
Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock
Twiston-Davies said: ‘He's suffered a small fracture of a splint bone in a hind leg unfortunately. It's nothing dramatic but it means he won't be in full work for around six weeks.
‘We can still do swimming with him and things like that. It's disappointing but these things happen.
‘We'll see how we get on but the obvious race for him when he comes back is the race at Cheltenham in January (Argento Chase).’
Imperial Commander had been as short as 9-2 for Saturday’s race, a chase he won in 2010 having been beaten a nose by Kauto Star 12 months earlier.
The sponsors now make Nicky Henderson’s Long Run 11-8 favourite with the Paul Nicholls-trained Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti 9-4 and last season’ s Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster a 7-1 chance.