The Grand National is the most prestigious event in the horse racing calendar – and it was a “dream” win for 50-1 shot Noble Yeats
Noble Yeats ridden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen (right) wins the Randox Grand National Handicap Chase during Grand National Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival 2022 at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool (Photo: PA)
Noble Yeats, ridden by amateur Sam Waley-Cohen on his last ever ride, has won the Randox Grand National at Aintree.
The horse, a 50-1 shot and trained by Emmet Mullins, took the lead from Any Second Now in a dream finish.
Winning rider Waley-Cohen told ITV Racing in the seconds after the race: “I can’t say anything. It’s a dream. I can’t believe it.”
Waley-Cohen continued: “I’ve got to say thank you, as it’s my last ever ride, to my dad (Robert Waley-Cohen, owner), for unwavering belief and love.
“Over 23 years and never a cross word, never been anything but a dream. It’s been a love affair. To my wife, long-suffering, they aren’t all good days, there are bad days in this sport.”
“It’s a fairytale, a fantasy. There’s a lot of love and gratitude,” Waley-Cohen continued.
“It’s getting on the right horses and getting the luck.
“You couldn’t make it up, could you?”
Robert Waley-Cohen, the father of the winning jockey and owner of Noble Yeats, told ITV: “It’s a dream come true. Just fabulous.
“It’s a team and thank God it has really worked. He has so much dedication and puts in so much hard work.”
Asked if he could believe that result, trainer of Noble Yeats, Emmet Mullins said: “Not really no. And for Sam to go out on a win like that, you could not write it.
“I was probably more confident a month ago than I was today. It is the stuff of dreams. Today was the plan. It is nice when a plan comes together.
“I didn’t get to see much of him early doors but going away from the stands here I took a breath because it was a perfect position. That last circuit everything seemed to fall into place. I don’t know when this will register .”
Grand National 2022 results
one Noble Yeats (Mr S Waley-Cohen) 50-1
two Any Second Now (MP Walsh) 15-2 Fav
3 delta-work (JW Kennedy) 10-1
4 Santini (Nick Scholfield) 33-1
5 – fiddlerontheroof (Brendan Powell) 12/1
6. Longhouse Poet (DJ O’Keeffe) 12/1
7. Freewheelin’ Dylan (RA Doyle) 50/1
8. Coco Beach (Jonjo O’Neill Jr.) 50/1
9. Ream Ten (AP Heskin) 1/25
10. Romain De Senam (Philip Armson) 125/1
eleven. sacro (Sean Bowen) 80/1
12. commodore (Charlie Deutsch) 1/33
13. Class Conti (Sam Twiston-Davies) 100/1
14. blacklion (Harry Skelton) 50/1
fifteen. lostintranslation (Harry Cobden) 50/1
fell: Eclair Surf, Domaine De L’Isle, Death Duty, Agusta Gold, Enjoy D’allen, Kildisart, De Rasher Counter, Mount Ida, Burrows Saint, Run Wild Fred, Minella Times
Pulled Up: Poker Party, Deise Aba, Snow Leopardess, Cloth Cap, Mighty Thunder, Top Ville Ben, Discorama, Good Boy Bobby, Two For Gold, Brahma Bull, School Boy Hours
Unseated Rider: Fortescue, Dingo Dollar
Brought Down: Anibale Fly
Which horses were running in the Grand National?
Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
H for Bromhead – R Blackmore
3 – School Boy Hours (1/22)
4 – Any Second Now (1/10)
6 – Lostin translation (50/1)
10 – Longhouse Poet (1/14)
11 – Fiddlerontheroof (1/14)
16 – Good Boy Bobby (1/25)
N Twiston-Davies – D Jacob
17 – Romain De Senam (125/1)
19 – Rasher Counter (50/1)
22 – Top Ville Ben (50/1)
23 – Enjoy D’allen (1/14)
26 – Freewheelin’ Dylan (40/1)
W Mullins – S Twiston-Davies
E Mullins – S Waley-Cohen
29 – Mighty Thunder (1/33)
J O’Neill – T Scudamore
31 – Snow Leopardess (9/1)
38 – Domaine De L’isle (100/1)