Tuesday 18 June 2019

Imperial ruled out for season

Imperial Commander has been ruled out for the season after suffering a tendon injury.

The 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero was last seen pulling up in the Prestbury Park blue riband after suffering a broken blood vessel, but had been undergoing a pre-training regime at Mount Top Stud in Ireland.

The 10-year-old was due to return to trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in the near future, but now looks set for an extended holiday after a tear was found in a foreleg tendon following light exercise.

Society Rock, meanwhile, is to return to the scene of his biggest success when he bids for further glory in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on October 15.

James Fanshawe's speedster showed his class when landing the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes over the same six furlongs at the Royal meeting.

A foot problem prevented him from taking his chance in the July Cup at Newmarket, but he has run with credit in both his subsequent races, finishing second and sixth.

"He's doing well and we're very happy with him," said Fanshawe. "He goes to Ascot for the Qipco Sprint."

Elsewhere, Laganbank looks like being another exciting member of the powerful Willie Mullins team judging by his promising victory at Listowel. The five-year-old followed up his win at Galway last month with an authoritative success in the South West Bins Novice Hurdle.

"I was a bit worried about the ground beforehand but he's a much stronger horse this year and seems to handle it much better," said Mullins.

"There is a race at Tipperary in a few weeks but that may come a bit too soon, and his main target is probably the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.

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