I won £100,000 at the Grand National and am known as ‘The Liquidiser’ after beating bookies for huge sums

A BIG TIME player has revealed how he won £100,000 at the Grand National – thanks to his brilliant memory.

The bettor, who says he’s known as “The Liquidiser” for beating up bookies with his punts, caught wind 50-1 Noble Yeats was much better than his odds.

Amateur jockey Waley-Cohen celebrates Grand National victory with Noble Yeats 50-1 - and makes a fortune from a punter


Amateur jockey Waley-Cohen celebrates Grand National victory with Noble Yeats 50-1 – and makes a fortune from a punterPhoto credit: Rex

Some of the clues were already there.

The horse was bought by Robert Waley-Cohen and was with Emmet Mullins, nephew of legendary Irish trainer Willie.

Emmet was already developing a reputation for being him King of plot jobs long before his coup at Aintree.

The only real question was about jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, a close A friend of Kate Middleton’s is said to have been the matchmaker who got her and Will back together.

Then the punter, real name Ken Wood, had an epiphany.

He recalled that Sam had already won three Grand Nationals, which amazingly slipped under Aintree’s radar.

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He recalled Sam landing the Welsh Point-to-Point National in 2002, 03 and 04.

The four miles and 24 fences of the stiff Bonvilston track near Cardiff provided the perfect school to prepare for the world’s greatest horse challenge.

So Ken took the plunge.


He said of his boat: “It’s nice when a plan comes to fruition.

“I took advantage of some juicy bets. I got 130 and 120 in the stock market, ante-post, for reasonable amounts.

“I knew from my contacts in young Emmet Mullins’ stable in Ireland that Noble Yeats had been leased to Sam’s father, Robert Waley-Cohen, to give his boy a decent chance at the National, which they knew to be last ride would be public.

“It was cleverly arranged with previous owner Paul Byrne and Sam met the horse at a £70,000 race at Cheltenham.

“He jumped cleanly there and finished ninth and ended up running a shorter distance than at Aintree.

“Then I remembered Sam had won a number of other Grand Nationals in Wales when he was impressing the top judges, so I knew he could do the job.”

“I’ve been fortunate enough to win enough money betting on horses to buy luxury properties in swanky places like the Côte d’Azur.

“But it’s a serious matter.”


A serious business and of course a risky one, as every player knows.

One bettor found out the hard way when he thought he pocketed £800 after backing the winner.

He said he was “jumping around like an idiot” after watching Noble Yeats win at Aintree on Saturday – one of the three horses he had told his partner to put some money on him.

But it wasn’t until he checked the betting slip she was bringing back that he saw her unforgivable mistake.

She had not given Noble Yeats (who won 50-1 but was 66-1 before the race) 10 pounds each way as he had requested.

Instead, she had put it on Deise Aba, another 66-1 chance pulled up before the eighth fence.

You win something, you lose something.

Jockey Sam (left), trainer Emmet (center) and owner and Sam's father Robert (right) toast their incredible Grand National triumph


Jockey Sam (left), trainer Emmet (center) and owner and Sam’s father Robert (right) toast their incredible Grand National triumphPhoto credit: Rex


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