Sam Waley-Cohen driven by Grand National disappointment

Sam Waley-Cohen on Long Run
Waley-Cohen is the first amateur in 30 years to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sam Waley-Cohen says the disappointment of coming second in the Grand National could prove a spur to future success.

After riding Long Run to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory in March, Waley-Cohen had to settle for second at Aintree as Oscar Time finished behind Ballabriggs.

But the 29-year-old told BBC Oxford: "It keeps you hungry coming second.

"It's been a wonderful season but, once you get bitten by the winning bug, it's no fun coming second," admitted the Oxfordshire amateur jockey.

"It's such a fantastic feeling but coming second is never where you want to be.

"It's a terrible thing but it's an amazing day and I had a fantastic run."

Banbury-born Waley-Cohen, who runs a dental business in Fulham, says that even though he failed to become the first amateur to win the Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season, he still enjoyed his Aintree experience.

"I was so happy to run such a great race and Martin Lynch did such a fantastic job training Oscar Time," he said.

"Ballabriggs had too much and was holding us. I thought we had enough in the tank but he's given me the ride of my life.

"I was well beaten but maybe I can come back and be able to run one place further next year."

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