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Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen takes surprising Grand National win in retirement race

LIVERPOOL, England — Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen had one hell of a retirement on Saturday.

Waley-Cohen, 39, marked his final race as a jockey by winning the famed Grand National horse race aboard a 50-1 underdog, Noble Yeats.

“It’s a fairy tale. It’s a fantasy,” said Waley-Cohen, whose full-time job is a dentist.

In a dramatic end to a run in front of a crowd of around 70,000, Noble Yeats reached the last of 30 fences neck and neck with 15-2 favorite Any Second Now.

Noble Yeats pulled away the long haul to the finish line on the 4 ¼ mile course and won by about three lengths.


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