Waley-Cohen sets a new record over the National fences

Rajdhani Express won Friday’s Topham Chase at Aintree to give jockey Sam Waley-Cohen his sixth victory over the Grand National fences.

The amateur rider became the most successful jockey of all time over the famous fences when partnering Rajdhani Express to victory.

Owned and bred by Robert Waley-Cohen at his Edgehill yard, the Nicky Henderson trained-runner was always handy, jumped well throughout the race and went on to win with a bit in hand.

The jockey said: “He’s been a superstar for us and we bred him at home. I really fancied him for this race for a long time because he’s such a natural over a fence.”

In Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National, Sam will ride for his father Robert on Oscar Time, the 2011 runner-up, in the only race over the big fences that the rider has yet to win. Could the 14-year-old help him complete the set in Saturday’s big race?