Waley-Cohen to retire after Grand National


Sam Waley-Cohen has announced he will retire after riding Noble Yeats in the Randox Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.
The 39 year old became the first amateur in 30 years to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup when he steered the Nicky Henderson trained Long Run – owned by his father, Robert – to victory in 2011. He also twice won the King George VI Chase at Kempton aboard the same horse.
Waley-Cohen first won at Cheltenham aboard Liberthine in the 2005 Mildmay Of Flete. He told ITV Racing: “I think that is my 40th time riding here but Saturday will be my last ride as I’m going to retire, hopefully, in the Grand National. I’ve had such an amazing time, I’m 40 this year and I couldn’t have imagined the days that I’ve had.
“I’d love to do it at Aintree, a course that has been so special to me, and I just feel this is the right moment.
“It’s been great doing it with my dad, we’ve been a great partnership, and we actually gave this trophy (Foxhunters’) in memory of my brother so it would have been nice to win it but it wasn’t to be.”