Brennan in line for Alvarado

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 11:49 BST

Fergal O'Brien has provisionally recruited Paddy Brennan to ride Alvarado in Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National - should regular jockey Paul Moloney not be available.

Alvarado: A lively outsider for the Grand National
Alvarado: A lively outsider for the Grand National

With Moloney seemingly poised to get the leg-up aboard One In A Milan, trained by long-standing ally Evan Williams, Brennan is in pole position.

Alvarado is a rather enigmatic individual, but he is not without ability and looked particularly impressive when victorious at Cheltenham in November.

He was, however, pulled up at the same track when last sighted on New Year's Day.

Gloucestershire-based O'Brien said: "Paddy Brennan will be on him if Paul can't get off Evan's horse.

"There's not been any problems since his last run.

"All we've done is freshen him up at home with this mind."

The nine-year-old gelding is owned by Angela and William Rucker, who have had a placed horse in the National for the last five years.


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