Amateur jockey wins Grand National in final raceApril 9, 2022
LIVERPOOL, England — Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen had quite the retirement ride Saturday.
The 39-year-old Waley-Cohen marked his final race as a jockey by winning the world-famous Grand National horse race aboard a big outsider in 50-1 shot 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 race run before a crowd of around 70,000 spectators, Noble Yeats reached the last of the 30 fences neck and neck with 15-2 favorite Any Second Now.
Noble Yeats pulled away on the long run to the finishing line on the 4¼-mile course and won by about three lengths.
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