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Multimillionaire amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen wins the Grand National in his final race against shocking 50-1 underdog Noble Yeats

MILLIONAIRES amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen won the Grand National in his very last race against shocking 50-1 underdog Noble Yeats.

In a throbbing finish against favorite 15-2 Any Second Now, Waley-Cohen, who is CEO of a dental care company, found more and more on his father Robert’s horse.

Waley-Cohen, an amateur jockey who owns a dental business, holds up the Grand National trophy on his very last ride after a miraculous 50-1 win at Aintree

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Waley-Cohen, an amateur jockey who owns a dental business, holds up the Grand National trophy on his very last ride after a miraculous 50-1 win at AintreeCredit: PA
Waley-Cohen celebrates beating underdog Noble Yeats 50-1 at the Grand National

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Waley-Cohen celebrates beating underdog Noble Yeats 50-1 at the Grand NationalCredit: EPA
Waley-Cohen won it on a horse that belonged to his father to cap his career in the most incredible way

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Waley-Cohen won it on a horse that belonged to his father to cap his career in the most incredible wayCredit: PA

It’s a wonderful end to the career of 39-year-old Waley-Cohen, who announced earlier this week that he would be retiring after this race.

Papa Robert said: “It’s absolutely a dream. I’m sorry I can’t speak, it means too much. It’s fabulous.

“You can’t go without the horse, but the horse can’t go without the jockey, my god, it really worked.

“It’s dedication, hard work, his record is incredible.

“Fantastic. We’ve dreamed of this for years. Sam rode a rocking horse and dreamed about it.

“It’s fabulous. I want to quote Shakespeare – my cup is overflowing. I’m really emotional.”

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Any Second Now was second with 15-2, Delta Work was third with 10-1 and Santini fourth with 33-1.

Sam, who paid tribute to his late brother Thomas, who died of cancer in 2004 aged 20, said after the win: “It’s a dream. I could not believe it. It’s my last ride.

“Thanks to Dad, unwavering faith and love, never a bad word, it was a love affair.

“For my long-suffering wife, she is always there to support me.

Amateur jockey Waley-Cohen has defeated Any Second Now, a horse owned by billionaire JP McManus

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Amateur jockey Waley-Cohen has defeated Any Second Now, a horse owned by billionaire JP McManusPhoto credit: AFP
Waley-Cohen kisses the trophy after his amazing win at odds of 50-1

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Waley-Cohen kisses the trophy after his amazing win at odds of 50-1Credit: AP

“It’s indescribable. It’s a fairy tale, a fantasy. Full of love and happiness and I am so grateful.”

Observed by 70,000 punters and with the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance, Noble Yeats was strong throughout the four-mile journey.

Winning connections rake in a whopping £500,000 for the world’s most famous race – not a bad way to say goodbye.

Mind you, Waley-Cohen’s Portman Dental Care company was valued at £300million in 2018, so the jockey is used to handling big bucks.

Waley-Cohen previously spoke about his decision to retire, saying: “I’m going to retire, hopefully at the Grand National.

“THE RIGHT MOMENT”

“I had such a great time. I’m 40 this year and couldn’t have imagined the days I had and I’d love to do it at Aintree.

“The course was so special for me, so it felt like this was the right moment.”

Many of the big name players backed down in droves before the off suffered horror rides.

Rachael Blackmore fell from the defending Minella Times champion while Snow Leopardess, the miracle mare who wanted to make history, was pulled up by jockey Aidan Coleman.

All horses returned safely and at the time of writing no jockey appeared to have been seriously injured in any of the falls.

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