A documentary profiling top amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, who became the first non-professional to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup for 30 years, will be broadcast on Channel 4 this Saturday.
The 30-minute film, entitled A Racing Portrait: For The Love, follows Waley-Cohen on the journey towards his historic victory in the 2011 Gold Cup onboard Long Run, beating the legendary Kauto Star and Denman in a spectacular display.
Airing on the morning of Saturday, November 24, the documentary was created and funded by luxury men’s brand Dunhill and directed by Just So Films.
Waley-Cohen, a highly successful millionaire businessman through his chain of dental practices, became the first non-professional jockey to win the prestigious Cheltenham race for 30 years with the horse Long Run, owned by his father Robert Waley-Cohen.
The Channel 4 documentary, filmed in black-and-white, takes in racing from Britain’s principal racecourses that include Haydock Park, Kempton Park and Cheltenham Festival, together with a number of rural Point-to-Point fixtures specifically staged for racing’s unpaid heroes.
Racing authoritarians, as well as veteran racing broadcasters including Sir Peter O’Sullevan and Brough Scott, deliver strong words on the successes of the Waley-Cohen family and provide a telling insight of pure dedication and true grit.
Commenting on the Channel 4/Dunhill film, Wahey-Cohen said: “I think it’s always a bit odd seeing a film that you’re a major part of, but in a sense I don’t think it’s particularly about me.
“It’s more about the story of what sometimes happens in life, and the opportunities that can come, and the ups and downs of those things.
“Although Long Run and I feature pretty heavily in it, actually I think it’s a much bigger story than that – that sometimes amazing things happen that you could never have imagined would come to pass.
“I’m thrilled that Alfred Dunhill wanted to make this film because success and achievement are the ultimate inspiration and they understand that.”
The documentary coincides with the running later in day of the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, which will be broadcast live on Channel 4, with Waley-Cohen and Long Run expected to feature.
They were defeated by a rejuvenated Kauto Star in this valuable Grade One event 12 months ago.
With Kauto Star now retired, Long Run’s biggest challenge at Haydock will be 2010 Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander.
A Racing Portrait: For The Love will air on Saturday, November 24 at 9am, and will be available for racing fans on Channel 4’s catch-up service 4oD right up to and throughout the Cheltenham Festival next spring.
CLICK HERE to read the full Channel 4 interview with Sam Waley-Cohen
.Saturday 24th November The Morning Line 7.55am-8.55am – Channel 4 A Racing Portrait: For the Love 9.00am-9.30am – Channel 4 WATCH VIA 40D – CLICK HERE Channel 4 Racing: Haydock Park & Ascot Incl. Betfair Chase (3.05pm) 1.55pm-3.55pm – Channel 4 . .