With a weight of 10-02 for the 2014 Grand National, Alvarado found himself somewhere in no mans land on spot number 68 hoping for a large number of entries above him to be withdrawn and scratched so that he could be guaranteed a spot on the starting line on April 5th.
Luckily for him 24 were officially taken out of contention making him a ‘Reserve’ and there were still two more rounds of declarations and with those done and dusted he got his place at the starting line-up.
4th Place under jockey Paul Moloney in the 2014 Grand National
Alvarado is ten-years-old and is trained by Fergal O’Brien and although he won at Cheltenham in the Murphy Group handicap Chase as recently as November 2013, his form was mixed at best.
A pattern emerged with his form so, for example he wins in March 2011 and then in the next race refuses but next time out comes second before unseating after that. Then he wins again.
Fast forward to 2013 and it didn’t get much better. He finished sixth at Kempton, then refused before placing third in the next at Cheltenham and even last season saw him win at Cheltenham, then subsequently, on his last run, get pulled-up again.
Of course, following that logic his next race would be a win or a place which is exactly what happened when he travelled to the 2014 National at at 33/1 scooped 4th spot!
He is a stayer and has won at over 3m3f and knows how to navigate the tricky National fences and if Paul Moloney partners him again then he really is in with a decent shout as Moloney has one of the best Grand National records, placing in all of the last five Nationals with State of Play (2010, 2011), Cappa Bleu (2012, 2013) and Alvarado (2014).
Alvarado has had one run this season, finishing fifth at Doncaster in February.
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