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23-year-old Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been discharged from hospital and is home to celebrate his weekend win and recovery.

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Mania hails Grand National winner Auroras Encore

Scottish Borders jockey Ryan Mania has hailed Auroras Encore after the pair won this year's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

The Yorkshire-based runner and his 24-year-old rider, from Galashiels, were ranked 80-1 outsiders before the race but fended off competition from 'Cappa Bleu' and 'Tea for Three' to win the race at the first attempt.

Speaking today, Mania said: "The whole way through the race I couldn't believe how well he was jumping and travelling, and when we came to the Melling Road I couldn't believe we were still there.

"At that point I thought we were going to be placed, I thought this is just tremendous. But to go on and win is just mad!"

Grand National winner to ride Hexham

The 23-year-old jockey who has won the Grand National is riding at Hexham race course later.

He told ITV Border that his family and girlfriend were coming to support him, after his historic win.

His horse, Auroras Encore, was a 66-1 outsider at the start of the race yesterday.


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