Grand National: How the jockeys reactedBy Timeform, Saturday 09 April Jockeys give their reaction following the 2022 Grand National, which was won by Noble Yeats.
Sam Waley-Cohen (Noble Yeats - Winner)
"He ran for me, he couldn’t go the early pace and I just tried to find pockets to give him a bit of space to run into. I found myself on the inner and was going more forward than I wanted to. He loves seeing his fences, so I kept trying to find a spot where he could see them. When I asked him he came, but if I just half-asked him he wasn’t confident, so I was trying to sit against him – he likes the bit in his mouth and your legs against him. I was just trying to get him in that nice rhythm and as soon as I asked him, he went. I thought I’d gone too early [at the last]. I really didn’t want to get there then, but as soon as he picked up I thought ‘he’s gone, he’s got this’.
Mark Walsh (Any Second Now - second)
"I’ve no excuses and he has run another blinder in the race. Fair play to the winner and my lad has run great again."
Jack Kennedy (Delta Work - third)
"I was very happy with the run. He didn’t jump well enough early on so I ended up too far out of it but I thought he ran well.
Nick Scholfield (Santini- fourth)
"He has done his owners and trainer very proud. To do that at his age and run the race of his career. He jumped like a buck and he is a fantastic ride. All credit to the horse. The dream was still alive turning in but well done to Sam Waley-Cohen he is a real gentleman and a pleasure to ride with and congratulations to him."
Brendan Powell (Fiddlerontheroof - fifth)
"He ran really well, and I got a great ride off him. I thought I had a right chance at the second last, but he ended up just plugging away. He took to the fences really well, and just gave me a great spin."
Darragh O'Keeffe (Longhouse Poet - sixth)
"Brilliant, he had a great run around and had a good break. In fairness, his jumping was very good, and he ran a cracker. We're delighted with him."
Jonjo O'Neill jnr (Coko Beach - eighth)
"That was the best spin I’ve had around here. He’s probably not good enough and he probably wants softer ground but he jumped brilliantly and just got tired at the end."
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Adrian Heskin (Escaria Ten - ninth)
"I had a great spin around and he ran his heart out. He jumped for fun and he was running a massive race to three out, but he just didn’t get home."
Philip Armson (Romain de Senam - tenth)
"He was a bit keen early on, the Topham probably would've suited him a bit better. He's jumped fantastic and he's run his heart out."
Sean Bowen (Samcro - 11th)
"I had a brilliant spin. We had a lovely run round on the inner, but by the Canal Turn he was getting tired."
Charlie Deutsch (Commodore - 12th)
"We didn’t get a great start, but it might have been a blessing in disguise as we finished very tired. We avoided a lot of trouble, jumped well, and managed to get home."
Sam Twiston-Davies (Class Conti - 13th)
"I really enjoyed that, and he jumped great round there. He was 15th last year and he's 13th this year, so he's done a little bit better. He loved going round there, and he's a good, solid jumper over those fences. I tried to travel everywhere where he was comfortable, and to get him to finish as close as I could."
Harry Skelton (Blaklion - 14th)
"He was a great ride and we got round, but he’s a bit older now. He’s been a saint."
Harry Cobden (Lostintranslation - 15th)
"I had the most fantastic spin. He jumped brilliantly and was a great ride. We completed, but he got very tired and he walked over the line. I loved every minute of it."
Thomas Dowson (Top Ville Ben - pulled up)
"I got a great spin, he jumped very well. The ground probably wasn't ideal for him today, but after falling on the last day he's come and proved he can jump. He was very good, he just got a bit tired. Hopefully back on a bit softer ground, probably over a bit shorter around here, hopefully he'll have a bit of a squeak."
Rachael Blackmore (Minella Times - fell)
"He just jumped into the horse in front of him at Valentines."
Tom O'Brien (Deise Aba - pulled up)
"He didn’t enjoy himself and was too cautious over the jumps, then he didn’t have the speed to get involved."
Brian Hayes (Brahma Bull - pulled up)
"He jumped well but could never get himself into the race. He was always flat out, and we pulled up two out."
Bryan Cooper (Discorama - pulled up)
"He was going OK early on but he ended up pulling up lame."
Paul Townend (Burrows Saint - pulled up)
"I pulled up on him so I went too early to know what would have happened."
Conor Orr (Enjoy d'Allen - unseated rider)
"He hit the first and I was unseated."
Jordan Gainford (Death Duty - unseated rider)
"He stumbled and that was it."
Aidan Coleman (Snow Leopardess - pulled up)
"The ground was too quick and she couldn’t lay up. She just wasn’t quick enough but she's fine and could go for the Irish National or something like that."
Ryan Mania (Dingo Dollar - unseated rider)
"I fell off at the Canal Turn but he was getting tired. He’d travelled well up until then, but he’s been missing a bit of racing this year."
David Bass (Two For Gold - pulled up)
"He ran very well for a long way and enjoyed himself, but he just didn’t stay."
Adam Wedge (De Rasher Counter - unseated rider)
"He jumped very well, but at the Canal Turn Davy [Russell, Run Wild Fred] came down in front of us. I don't know if we were brought down or unseated, but we were nearly on the floor."
Tom Scudamore (Cloth Cap - pulled up)
"He came here in great order and went really well. He gave me a fabulous spin but unfortunately he bled again, which was such a shame."
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