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The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania says he's "delighted to be home" in the Scottish Borders after leaving hospital in Newcastle. The day after winning one of horse racing's greatest prizes he was badly injured in a fall during another race at Hexham.
Speaking to ITV Border as he arrived home near Galashiels he said he couldn't remember much of what had happened: "Everything was going ok in the race and the horse just made a slight mistake and fell."
He went on: "I just felt this whack on the back of my back and from then I was thinking 'Oh God I've hurt myself.' Then the doctors were pretty good. They got to me fairly quick and from then on they just attended to me and I got the air ambulance to the hospital."
Grand National winner Ryan Mania has spoken exclusively to ITV News Border after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.
The 23-year-old has returned home to Galashiels to celebrate his weekend win and his ongoing recovery.
Watch the full interview and report below.
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been released from hospital in Newcastle.
He was being treated for injuries as a result of a fall at Hexham Racecourse on Sunday (7th April).
An MRI scan to his back and neck revealed that the Galashiels jockey suffered only minor injuries, and his agent Bryce Jeffrey said he is desperate to get back in the saddle:
World renowned champion jockey A.P McCoy was competing at Carlisle Racecourse this afternoon and told ITV News that suffering nasty falls is part and parcel of the job:
Ryan Mania has been released from Newcastle Hospital, after an MRI scan to his back and neck revealed only minor injuries.
The 23-year-old Grand National champion jockey was being treated after falling from his horse in a race at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).
A homecoming parade is being organised in his home town of Galashiels this evening, where residents will celebrate his achievement.
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has congratulated Ryan Mania on winning the Grand National, and has wished him a speedy recovery after his Hexham fall.
The 23-year-old from Galashiels, who is a former student of Borders College, became the first Scottish jockey to win the National since 1896.