Tribute to the tragic brother
Grand National winner Sam Waley-Cohen paid an emotional tribute to his brother Thomas, who died of cancer at the age of 20.
Amateur Waley-Cohen, 39, earned his biggest win in Aintree history, in the last race of his career.
The millionaire dental businessman – who is a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – rode off Noble Yeats 50-1 to a shocking victory at Aintree. In a pulsating finish against favorite 15-2 Any Second Now, Waley-Cohen found more and more on a horse owned by his father Robert.
And a few moments after he crossed the border, he quickly remembered his tragic brother Thomas.
Waley-Cohen, who previously won the Cheltenham Gold Cup 11 years ago, said: “That it’s indescribable. It’s a fairy tale, it’s a fantasy. Just full of love, happiness and gratitude.
“I think Thomas is sitting on my back, I’m riding with his name in the saddle. These days are family days, and you couldn’t make up for it, could you?
“Dad, unwavering faith and love, over 23 years, never crossed words, never anything but sleep. My wife, long-suffering, is not all good days, there are bad days in this sport but she is always there to support me.”