Imperial Commander ruled out for season with tendon injury

Imperial Commander has been ruled out for the rest of the season after a tear was found on his foreleg tendon.

The 10-year-old, last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, had returned to pre-training in Ireland after bursting a blood vessel defending his crown .

He had been due to return to the Gloucestershire yard of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies  , who said: "We haven't seen him as he hasn't been back.

"I haven't seen it myself but the injury sounds very slight."

He added: "I'd imagine we won't see him back until next year now, but I would hope he will return."