Having ridden his way to success twice in 2011 and come a close second in the Grand National, Sam Waley-Cohen, amateur jockey and owner of dental corporate group, Portman Healthcare, has his sights set on another key date this month.
Sam, 29, rode his father’s horse, Long Run, to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, becoming the first amateur jockey to win the race in 30 years.
Before this, in January, the chief executive of Portman Healthcare – which he founded and oversees – rode to victory in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, beating odds-on favourite Kauto Star.
But he had to settle for second in the Grand National at the weekend when, at Aintree, he and Oscar Time finished behind Ballabriggs.
He now he has his heart set on another date – he’ll be dusting off his best suit to attend the Royal Wedding at the end of the month.
Sam is not beaten, however. He says: ‘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. 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.’
Should you wish to consider joining the Portman revolution, please contact Mr Gary Chapman on 07966698130 or contact him via [email protected]