Imperial Commander to miss the Gold Cup

Filed on 6 Mar 2013 @ 09:12

Connections hoping former Gold Cup winner can return from lung infection by Aintree

Imperial Commander will miss the Betfred Gold Cup at Cheltenham next week after contracting a lung infection. Connections had been hoping for a decent run from the 2010 winner, who returned from a lengthy layoff with a fine second in the Argento Chase in January.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies told PA Sport: "He's got a lung infection so he won't be going to Cheltenham - that's that.

"What can you do? It's an absolute sickener but they are very delicate creatures.

"I'm sure he's still as good as ever, he's been in great form, but you can't rush them. Hopefully he'll be okay for Liverpool."

Filed on 6 Mar 2013 @ 09:12