Sunday 17 November 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.

"We haven't seen him as he hasn't been back to the yard. He's been in pre-training in Northern Ireland and hadn't returned," said Twiston-Davies.

"I'd imagine we won't see him back until next year now, but I would hope he will return. I haven't seen it myself but the injury sounds very slight and he should be fine for next season."

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