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Carl Llewellyn fancies Imperial Commander for Gold Cup

Carl Llewellyn
Carl Lllewellyn has ridden five Festival winners as a jockey

Former jockey turned assistant trainer Carl Llewellyn believes Imperial Commander can overturn the form book in Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Llewellyn works at Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard in Naunton where Imperial Commander is trained.

"I just don't fancy Denman. After his last run I think it's between Kauto Star and Imperial Commander," Llewellyn told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"His form left handed is good and he's good enough to take on Kauto Star."

He added: "He hasn't missed a day, it's his favourite track and we're looking forward to it."

Twiston-Davies's stable is barely half an hour from Prestbury Park, and the yard are equally hopefully of Khyber Kim in the feature race on the first day, the Champion Hurdle.

"He's had two runs this year, both at Cheltenham, and he's unbeaten," Llewellyn said.

"We've deliberately not run him a lot because he runs very well fresh. He hasn't missed a day or thrown a lame step. Preparations have gone very smoothly."

Both horses will be ridden by stable jockey Paddy Brennan.

More than 200,000 people will pass through the gates at Cheltenham during the four days as the appeal of the festival continues for punters and participants alike.

"Every year is exciting but this year we have two horses with chances in two of the feature races, as well as stacks of chances in the handicaps although they are hard to win," said Llewellyn.

"Any winner counts as a successful Cheltenham but we're hoping for a big one."

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see also
Cheltenham Festival fever mounts
15 Mar 10 |  Horse Racing
Binocular lands Champion Hurdle
16 Mar 10 |  Horse Racing
Imperial Commander lands Gold Cup
19 Mar 10 |  Horse Racing
Gold Cup state of play
13 Mar 10 |  Horse Racing

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