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Sam Waley-Cohen Biography
Who is Sam Waley-Cohen ?
The amateur jockey who helped rekindle the romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton won the Grand National in his last race today before retiring in front of a crowd of 70,000.
Sam Waley-Cohen, 39, rode the Nobel horse Yeats (50-1), owned by his father Robert, to victory at Aintree. Waley-Cohen had announced his intention to retire as a jockey earlier this week.
The horse beat favorite Any Second Now (15-2) in the race and Delta Work (10-1), Santini (33-1) and Fiddlerontheroof (12-1) placed third, fourth and fifth.
The Duchess of Cornwall presented the Randox Grand National trophy to owner Robert Waley-Cohen and congratulated her son.
Speaking after his victory, Mr Waley-Cohen said: ‘It’s a dream. I could not believe it. I have to thank my father (Robert Waley-Cohen, owner) for his unwavering trust and love as this is my last trip.
‘Over 23 years and never a cross word, it has never been anything more than a dream. It has been a love story. For my wife, who is very long-suffering, not all are good days, there are bad days in this sport.’
His emotional father added in an interview with ITV: ‘I’m really emotional. I am speechless, amazing. Fabulous. It is a team and thank God it has really worked. He is so dedicated and works very hard.
‘It is a dream come true. I can’t talk, I yelled too much! You can’t walk without the horse, but the horse can’t walk without the jockey.
‘Sam used to ride the National on his rocking horse, that’s how he goes back!’
Mr. Waley-Cohen has amateur status
As Mr. Waley-Cohen has amateur status, he will not receive any prize money and has a day job running a multi-million dollar dental business.
Mr. Waley-Cohen is friends with Prince William and Kate. He has known William since high school and was invited to his wedding in 2011.
He is famous for reuniting the couple after their March 2007 split. Kate and William were seen at a party hosted by Sam at his family’s 17th century mansion in Oxfordshire in June 2007 deep in conversation.
A few weeks after the party, they were seen vacationing together in the Seychelles. But Waley-Cohen downplayed his dating quest when he was interviewed by the Mail.
In 2011 he said
In 2011 he said: ‘There is this idea that I was like Cupid with a bow and arrow. People love the idea of someone putting them back together, but they put themselves back together a lot more,” he said.
He said of being a guest at his wedding ‘It was absolutely fantastic.
‘It was great to see two people who are so in love. I think everyone could see that, whether they know them or not.
Race attendees included Zara Tindall, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and former Liverpool FC manager Sir Kenny Dalglish.
Mr Waley-Cohen had gotten into horse racing in 2004 after his brother Thomas tragically passed away aged 20 from the rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma.
He used horse racing to help him through his grief, unexpectedly winning the Cheltenham Festival in 2005, riding his father’s horse Libertine.
And in 2011 he also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with another of his sire’s horses, Long Run.
The 39-year-old has always ridden as an amateur jockey and never considered turning pro as he rode for the love of the sport.
He added in 2011: ‘But even though I’m an amateur, I can’t be an amateur. I want to win. It is dangerous and difficult. If you are going to hire the best professionals, you have to be in a position to do justice to yourself and to the people who have supported you’.
Sam Waley-Cohen Quick and Facts
- Sam Waley-Cohen, 39, rode horse Nobel Yeats (50-1) to victory, beating favourite Any Second Now (15-2)
- The amateur jockey was in his final race before his retirement and described his win as a ‘dream’
- Duchess of Cornwall presented the Randox Grand National trophy to his father Robert Waley-Cohen and congratulated him
- The 39-year-old is famed for helping rekindle Kate and William’s romance after they split in March 2007