Noble Yeats gave Sam Waley-Cohen a ‘fairytale’ farewell, as he ousted favourite Any Second Now to win the 2022 Grand National in his final race.
The seven-year-old, owned by Waley-Cohen’s dad Robert became the youngest post-war winner of the Grand National and was priced at 50/1.
“It’s a dream,” said the winning jockey. “I couldn’t believe it. I’ve got to say thank you, as it’s my last ever ride, to my dad, for unwavering belief and love. It has been a love affair, they aren't all good days. There are bad days in this sport. That is beyond what I was thinking, it's a fairytale and a fantasy.”
Enjoy D’Allen and Eclair Surf were among the early fallers, with last year’s winner Minella Times departing at Valentine’s under Rachael Blackmore. Popular grey Snow Leopardess then pulled up after the first circuit.
As the leading bunch pulled away from the field at the last, Any Second Now and Noble Yeats went clear at the Elbow, with the winner taking the lead up the inside and never looking like being beaten.
Santini, who was amongst the frontrunners throughout, finished fourth, while Delta Work, who was consistently well-placed on the back of his Cheltenham Cross Country success last month, came third, with 12/1 shot Fiddlerontheroof finishing fifth.
Longhouse Poet, who was also in the running from the start, finished sixth.