Loophole Means That Waley-Cohen Is Free To Ride in The National
In a last minute u-turn, it has been announced that Sam Waley-Cohen will be able to ride in the Grand National after all. The Gold cup winning amateur jockey was expected to miss the entire Aintree Festival after picking up ban but now he and Nina Carberry will be able to ride in the big race thanks to a loophole.
Waley-Cohen had initially been banned for seven days and whilst that ban does still stand, he and Nina Carberry, who was also expected to be banned can now ride in the biggest steeplechase in the world thanks to an 'ambiguous wording of the rule, the bans will no longer apply on Grand National day.' according to the BHA.
The suspension for the two amateur jockeys only applies to race days where there are races for the amateur riders which means they are available on Grand National day, which does have a race for amateur riders but it is also open for Conditionals. Do keep up.
Both Waley-Cohen and Nina Carberry will now both be looking for rides in the National with both among the best in the business over the famous fences. Few have a record like Waley-Cohen's over the Aintree fences whilst Nina Carberry was among the winners at the Cheltenham Festival once again and many believe she can be become the first female jockey to win the Grand National in the near future.