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Sam Waley-Cohen won the Grand National onboard 50/1 outsider Noble Yeats at Aintree on Saturday and the retiring jockey has an interesting background which incorporates playing cupid for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Waley-Cohen owns a £300million dental firm, Portman Dental Care, which has over 100 practices and he ceaselessly mingles with royalty, especially on the races.

Reports claim he even helped William and Kate get back together when he threw a celebration at his Oxfordshire mansion.

Weeks later the pair went on holiday together to Seychelles and have been going strong ever since. 

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Waley-Cohen won the distinguished Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2011 and shortly afterwards addressed the rumour that he helped the longer term king rekindle his love for his queen.

“There’s an concept that I used to be like Cupid with a bow and arrow,” Waley-Cohen told the Mail 11 years ago.

“People love the concept any person put them back together but they put themselves together way more.

“They’ve each been friends for a very long time.

“I feel they got back together of their very own accord.”

Waley-Cohen’s role within the matchmaking was rewarded when Kate attended his charity rollerskating event in 2008.

Nonetheless, Kate was accused by a few of letting the monarchy down when she fell while skating around the realm. After the red-faced incident, Waley-Cohen got here out fighting her corner.

He said: “The sniping really annoyed me.

“The entire event was done in really good humour with everyone out to have a superb time and lift money for charity.

“And truly it just showed what a standard person Kate is. She was there to rejoice, and she or he fell over.

“What’s the issue here?”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a cultured message to Swaley-Cohen after his remarkable victory on the Grand National, which was the ultimate race of his profession.

They tweeted: “Huge congratulations to @swaleycohen for winning the Grand National. What a technique to retire!”

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