Argento Chase hopeful Imperial Commander comes through racecourse gallop unscathed.
Connections are targeting the race for their 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander and trust that he will be fit and well enough to take his chance in the blue riband event back at the Prestbury track on March 17 following a successful gallop after racing at Chepstow at the weekend, writes Elliot Slater.
The veteran 12-year-old had been expected to return to the fray at Haydock in November but sustained a tiny leg fracture that ruled him out of the Grade 1 three-mile affair, but trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies now believes that the old warrior could be ready to make a belated seasonal reappearance in the Grade 2 Chase at Cheltenham on January 26 having not been seen in competitive action since pulling up in the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup won by Long Run, some 22 months earlier.
In March 2010 the former Paddy Power Gold Cup and Ryanair Chase winner enjoyed his finest hour when putting up a fabulous performance to defeat the top class Denman by seven lengths in a vintage renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but has been plagued by injuries ever since and has only made it to the racecourse on three further occasions.
He appeared to be in trouble when unseating Paddy Brennan at Aintree three weeks after his big Cheltenham Festival racing win, but bounced back in November 2010 to beat the high-class Tidal Bay in a fine race for the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Twiston-Davies kept his charge fresh for the Gold Cup in March 2011 and the son of Flemensfirth was right on terms when making a bad mistake at the fourth from home, after which he was soon pulled up with what proved to be a serious leg injury. Happily he has recovered from that major setback and plenty of Betfair racing tips hope he can prove he retains most of his ability in the Cheltenham race.
The Argento Chase, otherwise known as the Cotswold Chase, is run each January at the Cheltenham Racecourse. It serves as a trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and is run over a distance of 3 miles and 1 1/2 furlongs.
Well known race horses to have won include Neptune Collonges and See More Business for Paul Nicholls who has won the race 3 times since 2001.
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