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Harry Cobden’s Planet Sport Bet blog: Noble Yeats has a proper chance in the Grand National

Harry Cobden has been confirmed as the Noble Yeats' jockey for the 2024 Grand National. Here he discuss how he feels about riding the 2022 winner of the Aintree showpiece.

I’m really looking forward to riding Noble Yeats in the Grand National. He’s trained by a very shrewd man in Emmet Mullins who knows how to ready a horse for this race as he did so well a couple of years ago when Sam Waley-Cohen rode him to victory.

He was fourth in the race last year under Sean Bowen which was another tremendous run and I can’t wait for it.

I’m glad I’ve had a couple of goes on him now because it does take a bit of time to understand how best to ride him.

I know plenty about him, but I’ll definitely watch his two National runs back before the big day. Connections are quite keen for the ground to dry up a bit as he’s probably slightly more effective on a sounder surface, so let’s hope there isn’t too much rain between now and the race.

 

 

To have a genuine chance in the National is fantastic. Every other ride I’ve had in it hasn’t really had much going for it, so to know he stays the trip and has plenty of experience over the fences is great and I’m very excited.

I haven’t had much success in the National itself, but I won the Topham a couple of times aboard Ultragold, so I do know the sort of horse required to go well around there.

Unfortunately I don’t often get to the second circuit in the big race itself, so let’s hope that changes this year!

It’s the biggest and most well-known race of the season and it would be amazing to win it.

To me it’s only second to the Gold Cup and of course I’d love to win it. I’m very lucky to have a horse this year that has a proper chance and I can’t wait to have a crack at winning it on him.

 

 

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