Grand National: Sam Whaley-Cohen says Noble Yates wins ‘fantasy’ as amateur rider retires | Race news – NewsRaiser

Sam Whaley-Cohen is still pinching himself after wrapping up a fabulous farewell to the race by winning the most famous race in the world in his last race.

Whaley-Cohen, 39, ended his career as an amateur jockey after leading Noble Yates, a shocking 50/1 underdog, to victory at the Aintree Grand National.

The former Gold Cup-winning driver who runs a number of dental practices and races at the highest level as a “hobby” called Saturday’s win “a fantasy.”

Noble Yates, the first seven-year-old to win a National Championship in 82 years, was coached by Emmet Mullins under the flag of Father Sam Robert.

Waley Cohen said Heaven sports racing“We are still waiting to wake up, pinching ourselves and asking, ‘Is this true? It’s a bit of a fantasy, it doesn’t look like it could happen.

“As soon as I arrived on the course, I felt the great goodwill of the people who were generous with my retirement. »

Reflecting on the race itself, in which Noble Yates beat 15/2 favorite Ted Walsh, Any Second Now and Gordon Elliott’s Delta Work, Whaley-Cohen added: “I was very lucky.

“In my opinion, you always want to get inside in that last corner and you can get a little hit.

“When I got the opportunity to sit down and take a puff, it was a real gift because I was able to fill it up a bit. »

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Whaley-Cohen says his Grand National win at Noble Yates required a lot of luck, a willing partner and a lot of experience on Aintree’s unique fences.

The win marked the end of a well-thought-out plan by the Waley-Coen family, who had privately purchased Noble Yeats six weeks before the race.

Whaley-Cohen’s first race on Mullins’ horse did not go according to plan and he finished ninth on Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival.

However, the experience proved important to Whaley-Cohen, who, despite never winning a national championship himself, boasted six previous singles competition victories.

The Waley-Coen family celebrate winning the Grand National in Aintree.
The Waley-Coen family celebrate winning the Grand National in Aintree.

“Every time you miss one or don’t win, you watch replays a thousand times,” Whaley-Cohen said. “I watched more reruns of when things go wrong than when they work.

“Point-to-point is a great training ground for overcoming obstacles, as horses don’t tend to hold such a good line, and good jumps are all the more a priority.

“More than anything else, you need luck. It wasn’t just magic.

“Emmett made me believe that he would stay. I learned a lot about him in Cheltenham, because I never could travel well until I took him with me and found a place. When I did that, he really advanced.

A longhouse poet walks past the Grand National stadium as winner Noble Yates (orange cap) prowls.
A longhouse poet walks past the Grand National stadium as winner Noble Yates (orange cap) prowls.

“Even at the National for the first seven or eight fences, he wasn’t completely in love with her, but then I found loopholes to draw him in.

“He was incredibly good. In Cheltenham I learned that he had a toe, the only question was whether he was going to give it to me or not. »

Regarding his plans after the race, Whaley-Cohen said: “Life goes on. We took the kids for a walk this morning to escape interest, soak up the sun and just let it all sink in.

“The life of an entrepreneur, athlete and father of a family is very eventful, so it’s quite nice to take a breath for a second. I’m not going to sit here bored. »

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