Mania double national dreams over

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania says it's almost impossible to scoop a double National win. But the Galashiels jockey told us exclusively he will keep on trying, after he failed to finish in yesterday's Scottish Grand National.

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Scottish Grand Nationals: Not a dream double for Mania

Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania, from Galashiels, could not make it a dream double today as he rode his mount Auroras Encore in the Scottish Grand National.

Mania was hopeful of making history by adding the Scottish title to his Aintree win with Auroras Encore earlier this month, but the horse tired as the race neared the closing stages.

Mania said Auroras Encore struggled to keep up during the race.

"He was nearly brought down at the second and then he made a bad mistake later on and dropped back. He could never really get back into it.

"The main thing is that he has come out of the race well and he has done us proud.

"The ground wasn't as suitable for him as it was at Aintree."

– Ryan Mania

A crowd of around 18,000 cheered Scottish trainer Alan King as he celebrated winning the country's biggest horse race.

Ryan Mania favourite at Scottish Grand National

Bookmakers say more people are betting in the Scottish Grand National today than usual, but for one horse in particular.Auroras Encore is currently 14-1 in the race, and people are hoping he will scoop his second National title this year.

"We are definitely seeing an Aintree affect. Lots of small, each way bets on Auroras Encore.

"It is the Scottish, local angle too. I just hope he doesn't win!"

– Alan Dobbin, bookmakers from Durham.

The Scottish Grand National is the fifth biggest betting race in the UK.

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