Sam Waley-Cohen wins Grand National on his Final Ride aboard Noble Yeats

April 9, 2022

Noble Yeats won the 2022 Randox Grand National. Returned at 50-1, he defeated 15-2 Favourite Any Second Now by two and a quarter lengths with Delta Work (10-1) third and Santini (33-1) fourth.  

His jockey, amateur Sam Waley-Cohen, had announced earlier this week that Noble Yeats would be his final ride before he retires. 

Waley-Cohen celebrates his 40th birthday next Friday (April 15th).  

Waley-Cohen becomes the first amateur to succeed since Marcus Armytage won on Mr Frisk in 1990. He is also the first amateur jockey to ride the winner of the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Long Run in 2011.  

Waley-Cohen boasts a formidable record in races run over the Grand National fences, having also won the Foxhunters’ Chase (Katarino 2004 & 2005, Warne 2014), Topham Chase (Liberthine 2006, Rajdhani Express 2015), Becher Chase (Oscar Time 2014). 

Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National Record 

2007 Liberthine 5th 

2009 Ollie Magern FELL 2nd 

2011 Oscar Time 2nd 

2013 Oscar Time 4th 

2014 Long Run FELL 9th 

2015 Oscar Time 15th 

2016 Black Thunder PU 21st 

2017 The Young Master FELL 6th 

2021 Jett 8th 


A seven year old, Noble Yeats becomes the first horse from that age group to prevail since Bogskar in 1940. Seven is currently the minimum age for a horse to run in the Grand National.  

The winner was trained by Emmet Mullins and was his first Grand National runner. Mullins is the nephew of leading Irish Jump trainer Willie Mullins and began training in 2016. He is based in Bagenalstown, County Carlow.

The Jockey Club Press Release

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