Im-pressive, Im-perious - Commanding A King George Im-pact
Imperial Commander ran riot in Saturday’s Lancashire showpiece, forcing William Hill to wrench back his Boxing Day bids into 5-1 from 8-1.
Following a monumental round of jumping in the Betfair Chase, Nigel’s nine-year-old took up the running just past halfway and, always in command, vaulted the last with a five-length advantage, before careering forth down the run-in to reap yet another Grade 1 reward.
Moreover, this glistening performance has in turn caused a rattling in the Gold Cup markets, with Grange Farm’s celebrated chaser now 9-2 (from 5-1) in defending his crown ahead of the perennial protagonist Kauto Star, the latter stationary at 4-1.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: “With the distinct lack of a certain white-faced rival this year, Imperial Commander was all over Merseyside like the cast of Hollyoaks’ Christmas night out. This super display of authority certainly tightens the antepost screws for Kauto’s five gold Kempton rings”.
William Hill King George VI Chase: 11-8 Kauto Star, 5-1 Imperial Commander, 6-1 Long Run, 12-1 Forpadydeplasterer, 14-1 Punchestowns, Sizing Europe, 16-1 Albertas Run, Cooldine, Nacarat, Planet of Sound, 20-1 Burton Port, Weird Al, What A Friend, 25-1 Deep Purple, Madison Du Berlais, Riverside Theatre, Tranquil Sea, 33-1 Captain Cee Bee, Mad Max, The Nightingale, 50-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Gold Cup 2011: 4-1 Kauto Star, 9-2 Imperial Commander, 8-1 Denman, 12-1 Big Bucks, 16-1 Long Run, Neptune Collonges, Punchestowns, 20-1 Burton Port, Cooldine, Joncol, Weird Al, 25-1 Diamond Harry, Mad Max, Mikael D’Haguenet, Pandorama, What A Friend, 33-1 Planet of Sound, The Nightingale, (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
William Hill King George VI Chase: Kauto Star to win by more than 30 lengths: 11-1 [antepost rules apply, if Kauto Star does not run all bets will be settled as losers]