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Sam Waley-Cohen, a pal of Kate Middleton's, wins his final Grand National horse race: 'I Can't Believe It!'

It's a fairytale and a fantasy," said jockey Sam Waley-Cohen after riding Noble Yeats to victory in the 2022 Randox Grand National on Saturday.

He's One of Prince William and Kate Middleton's brilliant friends.

When the 39-year-old jockey accepted the prize, he exclaimed, "I can't say anything; I can't believe it." "I have to thank Dad [Robert Waley-Cohen, Noble Yeats' owner] since it's my final ever ride – he's had unflinching belief and affection for 23 years."

"It's been a long-term relationship. That is beyond description; it is both a fable and a fantasy "Sam went on. "I'm overflowing with love, joy, and gratitude."

Any Moment Now was a 15-2 second-place finisher, Delta Work (10-1) was third, and Santini was fourth at 33-1. Since Bogskar in 1940, Noble Yeats is the first horse aged seven to win.

Robert, Sam's father and former chairman of the Cheltenham racecourse as well as the 2011 winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, was overjoyed by Noble Yeats' victory, which he bought only two months ago.

"It's a dream come true; I'm speechless - it's just fantastic," he remarked. "My cup runneth over, to paraphrase Shakespeare. I'm in a lot of pain."

On Twitter, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulated Sam on his victory. They commented, "Huge congrats to @swaleycohen for winning the Grand National." "What a fantastic way to spend your golden years!"

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