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2016 Grand National runner profile: Alvarado

| 01.04.2016

David Metcalf | March 30, 2016

Coral’s horse racing experts profile all 40 entrants in the 2016 Crabbies’ Grand National, the most prestigious steeplechase of the National Hunt season.


Age: 11
Weight: 10st 2lb

Owners: William & Angela Rucker

Grand National Record:
2009 State Of Play (4th)
2010 State Of Play (3rd)
2011 State Of Play (4th)
2012 Cappa Bleu (4th), State Of Play (UR 5th)
2013 Cappa Bleu (4th)
2014 Alvarado (4th)
2015 Alvarado (4th)

Trainer: Fergal O’Brien

Fergal O'Brien

Grand National Record:
2014 Alvarado (4th)
2015 Alvarado (4th)

Jockey: Paul Moloney

Paul Moloney’s Grand National record includes a runner-up ride on board Cappa Bleus in the 2013 renewal.

2002 Iris Bleu (FELL 5th)
2004 Royal Atalza (PU 29th)
2007 Graphic Approach (FELL 22nd)
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)
2015 Alavardo (4th)



Alvarado finished fourth in the last two renewals of the Grand National, staying well without getting to first three both times.

He was purchased privately by owners William and Angela Rucker after recording a three-timer over fences for former northern handler Howard Johnson in March 2011.

Fossebridge, 10.2.15 Pic: Edward Whitaker

Remarkably, the Ruckers have had a horse placed in the last seven 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 finished fourth in 2012 and second in 2013 and Alavarado came fourth in both 2014 and 2015.

Alvarado’s only outing since last year’s Crabbie’s Grand National was a distant eighth in a Newbury veterans’ handicap chase on March 5th but his campaign is geared to the Crabbie’s Grand National.

Race record

Alvarado has just less than 33 per cent strike rate, and has been placed in half of his career outings.

Starts: 25
Wins: 8
2nd: 3
3rd: 1
Total win and place prize money: £166,332


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.