Alvarado set for road to Aintree

Fergal O'Brien is weighing up a number of options for his veteran chaser Alvarado after pleasing in a racecourse gallop at Market Rasen.

Alvarado is to be aimed at Aintree once more

The 11-year-old, who has finished fourth in two Grand Nationals, participated in the exercise with a stablemate after racing at the Lincolnshire track on Thursday.

Despite his advancing years the William and Angela Rucker-owned gelding showed he still retains plenty of enthusiasm after finishing second in the Scottish National at Ayr on his final start of last season.

O'Brien said: "Alvarado did a lovely piece of work at Market Rasen with a bumper horse. He seems in great form and that will just take the edge of him as he can be keen on his first run.

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"We've three options for him. He could go to Cheltenham next weekend, but the ground might be a bit quick, there is a veterans' chase at Leicester or a 0-145 handicap at Ascot. It all really depends on the ground.

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"He has come to hand much quicker this year as his two runs when he has finished fourth at Aintree he has put his heart and soul into it and he has needed a long time to recover.

"He ran an absolute cracker in the Scottish National, but it didn't take as much out of him. The Ruckers have done a great job with him. He has summered really well and has come back early.

"He does get his own way at home, but that's the key to him. He is his own boss and the long and the short of it is that Alvarado trains Alvarado.

"Aintree will be the long-term plan again."

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