Head of the Our Friends In The North syndicate, Ian Robinson, has revealed that Imperial Commander, the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner will not run this season.
The 10-y-o gelding developed a tendon problem in a front leg, which will keep him out for up to a year.
Mr Robinson said “We found a bit of heat in one of his legs after exercise earlier this week. Whilst it was cold within 48 hours we ran a precautionary scan which showed a 12% tear in the tendon. I had a great day in his company on Tuesday when we carried out the scan, he is a very happy horse in good order with himself.
The damage will repair itself with plenty of walking, and as he always enjoys his time at Mounttop Stud in Ireland so this will be a well deserved extended holiday. We will wait until the end of next summer and he can tell us what he wants to do next if anything”.