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. Watch Jenny Longden's full report:
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania, from Galashiels, spoke to our reporter Jenny Longden after the Scottish Grand National.
Mania hoped for a double national win on Auroras Encore, but it wasn't to be, as the pair were pulled up.
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.
– Ryan Mania
"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."
A crowd of around 18,000 cheered Scottish trainer Alan King as he celebrated winning the country's biggest horse race.
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.
– Alan Dobbin, bookmakers from Durham.
"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!"
The Scottish Grand National is the fifth biggest betting race in the UK.