Many congratulations to Sam Waley-Cohen who enjoyed a great victory at Warwick this afternoon when partnering Neil Hulholland’s Impulsive Star to win the McCoy Contractors Classic Chase. To add to his satisfaction, Sam managed to drop to his lightest for several years which his father Robert suggested made all the difference.
The only other amateur in the race, Gina Andrews, cut out the early running with last year’s winner Milansbar but faded in the latter stages, with Impulsive Star taking up the running 5 from home.
Sam said “He’s learned a lot and given me a great ride and was really courageous. We don’t know that much about him but he’s obviously improving although he’s the coldest horse I’ve know on the schooling grounds – you have to throw him at a fence. I don’t think he’ll get in this year’s Grand National, and it may be a year too soon anyhow.”
Winning part-owner Robert Waley-Cohen said “The four-miler at Cheltenham has been the target all year and we’ll stick to that.” Well done and good luck Sam!
— Warwick Racecourse (@WarwickRaces) January 12, 2019