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50/1 stroke amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen wins 2022 Grand National in final race before retirement as Noble Yeats scores incredible win at Aintree


In his last race, Sam Waley-Cohen won the 2022 Grand National in stunning fashion after being placed 50/1 to win.

The retired amateur jockey defied the odds by riding Noble Yeats across the line at Aintree.

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Noble Yeats, first, ridden by jockey Waley-Cohen, celebrates with owner Robert Waley-Cohen (L) winning the Grand National Steeplechase on the final day

After announcing his retirement from racing on Thursday, the 39-year-old driver ended his career in style.

Any Second Now, the 15/2 favorite, finished second after finishing third last year. Delta Work (10/1) finished third this time, with Santini (33/1) fourth.

Defending champion Rachael Blackmore was back on board the Minella Times, but her run ended at the tenth fence. Fortunately, both rider and horse were safe after the incident.

The gray mare Snow Leopardess was heavily favored heading into Saturday’s race, having enjoyed rare success after returning to the field after giving birth, only to stop at the fence 17 of 30.

But it was a fairy tale result for Waley-Cowen, who dedicated the victory to her brother, Thomas, who sadly passed away in 2004 after a long battle with bone cancer.

Rupert Bell and Lizzie Kelly were at Aintree to show us the race live on talkSPORT.

50/1 stroke amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen wins 2022 Grand National in final race before retirement as Noble Yeats scores incredible win at Aintree

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Even at Waley-Cohen, would he have expected to win today


The duo are nominated for the Radio Times Moment of the Year award for their commentary on last year’s race, as Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National.

And they were on top form again bringing us the magic moment of the 2022 edition of the marathon race.

“Sam Waley-Cohen, what a moment it would be for him as they get to the final stages,” Rupert said on the final stretch.

“Sam Waley-Cohen, he has to retire, can he continue? Can Sam Waley-Cohen win with half a mile to go, can he finish his career in sensational style?

“Yes he can! Sam Waley-Cohen bows out as a jockey riding the winner of the greatest race of all, a one-turn peach.

“What a performance by Sam Waley-Cohen, it’s a fairy tale ending!

“An absolute fairy tale ending,” Lizzie added.

“Sam Waley-Cohen announced his retirement earlier this week. He is an amateur who is a business man all week, he uses it as a hobby and as a family they buy some really nice horses.

“He’s won a Gold Cup over a long period against some of the biggest names in the industry and now he’s come here and won a Grand National.

“The first amateur to do so since Marcus Armytage [in 1990] and what a phenomenal story.

Naturally, in the aftermath of the victory, Waley-Cohen was shocked by his success.

“I can’t say anything, I can’t believe it,” the 39-year-old said.

50/1 stroke amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen wins 2022 Grand National in final race before retirement as Noble Yeats scores incredible win at Aintree

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Waley-Cohen and Noble Yeats, salute

“I must say thank you, because this is my last ride, to dad [Robert Waley-Cohen, winning owner] – he has an unshakable belief and love for 23 years. It was a love story.

“It’s beyond words, it’s a fairy tale and a fantasy.

“I am full of love, happiness and gratitude.”

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