Sam Waley-Cohen: I'm hungry for more

By James Masters, March 25, 2011

Horse racing: Sam Waley-Cohen has set his sights on landing the Grand National after riding Long Run to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The 28-year-old stole the headlines after becoming the first amateur to win the famous trophy in 30 years after seeing off Denman and Kauto Star in the home straight.

And Waley-Cohen is now hoping to add yet another famous triumph to his burgeoning reputation when he goes for glory on the much fancied Oscar Time at Aintree on April 9.

"My next really big ride as at the Grand National and now I've got the taste for it, it would be great to win another," he said.

"The win at Cheltenham was the realisation of a boyhood dream and it really was very magical.

Gold Cup win was realisation of boyhood dream

"It's just been so surreal since it all happened but now I can't wait to get back riding and winning again because it's so dangerously addictive.

"There's no time to really kick back and relax because racing is so relentless. All I want to do is work hard and improve."

Waley-Cohen dedicated the victory to his family and in particular to his brother, Thomas, who died from bone cancer in 2005 at the age of 20.

And with his father, Robert, replacing Lord Vesty as director of the course next year, the win came at the perfect time.

"My brother would be so proud and he would have loved everything which went on at Cheltenham," he added.

"The win really made it a family day and he would have been a huge part of it. For my dad too, it was something special as we bought the horse from France and it's turned out beautifully."

Despite his staggering success, he insists he has no desire to leave his role as the CEO of a chain of dental firms in order to cut his teeth as a professional jockey.

Last updated: 10:04am, March 25 2011