2015 Grand National runner profile: Alvarado
Weight: 10st 3lb
Owner: William & Angela Rucker
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien. Grand National Record – 2014 Alvarado (4th)
Jockey: Paul Moloney. Grand National Record: 2002 Iris Bleu (Fell 5th); 2004 Royal Atalza (PU 29th); 2007 Graphic Approach (Fell 2nd); 2008 Vodka Bleu (PU 19th); 2009 State Of Play (4th); 2010 State Of Play (3rd); 2011 State Of Play (4th); 2012 Cappa Bleu (4th), 2013 Cappa Bleu (2nd); 2014 Alvarado (4th)
*Stayed on to take fourth, beaten 16 1/2 lengths, in last year’s Crabbie’s Grand National.
*Purchased privately by William and Angela Rucker after recording a three-timer over fences for northern handler Howard Johnson in March, 2011.
*The Ruckers have remarkably had a horse placed in the last six renewals of the Crabbie’s Grand National, all ridden by Paul Moloney; State Of Play was fourth twice (2009 & 2011) and third in 2010, while Cappa Bleu came fourth in 2012 and second in 2013.
*Alvarado’s only outing since last year’s Crabbie’s Grand National saw him finish fifth in a 3m veterans’ handicap chase at Doncaster on February 18. He had a racecourse workout at Newbury on March 27th.
Race record: Starts: 23; Wins: 8; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £113,632