Imperial Commander (horse)
|Foaled||29 March 2001|
|Died||6 April 2017(aged 16)|
|Owner||Our Friends in the North|
|Paddy Power Gold Cup (2008)|
Ryanair Chase (2009)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (2010)
Betfair Chase (2010)
|Last updated on 13 April 2013|
His next racecourse appearance and first under rules was a National Hunt flat race at Cheltenham on 25 October 2006. This too he won, and already he was being described as a 'future chaser on looks' by the Racing Post.
He garnered one victory over hurdles, a £2000 race at Newcastle in January 2007, but failed to win at Graded level, including attempts at the 2007 Cheltenham and Aintree festivals (although he was placed at the latter).
As a steeplechaser
As predicted by the Racing Post, it was as a chaser that his career really took off. He was victorious in his first two chases, both at Cheltenham in late 2007, and he won again in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November 2008, when he was ridden by Paddy Brennan for the first time. Returning to the Cheltenham Festival in 2009, he won the Ryanair Chase by 2 lengths from Voy Por Ustedes at odds of 6/1.
The following season he met former Cheltenham Gold Cup champion, Kauto Star, in the 2009 Betfair Chase at Haydock, and was beaten by a mere nose. He was less successful in that season's King George where he was below par, trailing in a 64 length 5th to the same horse, after nearly unseating Brennan at the second fence.
At Cheltenham the following March, he got his revenge. Again ridden by Paddy Brennan, Imperial Commander won the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup, beating favourites and previous champions Kauto Star and Denman.
Defending his title in 2011, he hit the fourth-last fence and was soon pulled up. He was found to be lame, and was not seen again on a racecourse for nearly two years.
A comeback second in the 2013 Argento Chase at Cheltenham showed he was 'set to remain competitive in top company' and a tilt at the Grand National was mooted. Thus, as a 12-year-old, Imperial Commander ran in the 2013 Grand National as the top weight, ridden by his trainer's son, Sam Twiston-Davies. He went well for a circuit but dropped away quickly soon after and was pulled up.
Flemensfirth (USA) 1992
|Alleged (USA) 1974||Hoist The Flag (USA) 1968||Tom Rolfe 1962|
|Princess Pout 1966||Prince John (USA)|
|Etheldreda (USA) 1985||Diesis 1980||Sharpen Up 1969|
|Doubly Sure 1971|
|Royal Bund (USA)||Royal Coinage|
|Le Moss 1975||Le Levanstell 1957||Le Lavandou|
|Feemoss 1960||Ballymoss 1954|
|Billy's Beauty||Arapaho 1973||Huntercombe 1967|
- "Horse Database". Racing Post. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- Hayward, Paul (19 March 2010). "Imperial Commander tears up the Gold Cup's two-horse script". Guardian Online. London. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
- "Imperial Commander lands Cheltenham Gold Cup". BBC Sport. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
- Career 1-2-3 Colour Chart – Imperial Commander