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Published: 13:31 | 28/2/16

Fergal O'Brien happy with Alvarado form

Stablemate Pefect Candidate also heading for Aintree

Alvarado is ready to step up his bid for a first Crabbie’s Grand National success with his seasonal reappearance at Newbury next weekend.

The 11-year-old, who has placed in the last two Grand National's, has been given a mark of 10st 2lb at Aintree and trainer Fergal O’Brien believes his star is in good form heading towards the race.

"Alvarado is in great form and the plan is to go to Newbury on Saturday (March 5) for the veterans' chase,” said O’Brien.

"He is on a higher mark (143) for Aintree than the last two years but I am not too worried about that.

"I have always said that we will never see the best of Alvarado because he is a little bit quirky.

"He will be running off the same mark Pineau De Re had when he won the Crabbie's Grand National, which just shows you how competitive the Aintree race is this year."

Perfect Candidate is another entry for O’Brien and the Gloucestershire-based trainer is confident that Aintree will suit the horse, who has been allotted 10st 2lbs.

"Aintree is the plan for Perfect Candidate as well.

"I know Many Clouds is set to run, but Perfect Candidate might go to Kelso on Saturday for the Premier Chase. That should set us up nicely for the National.

"The ground was very testing last time but this horse genuinely goes on any ground. He ran a very good race over hurdles at Chepstow one day on ground that was verging on good to firm."

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