Mania tests Grand National horse on home turf

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been trying out his mount for this years world-famous race at Kelso Racecourse

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Second time lucky for Mania?

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania hopes to repeat last year's victory at Aintree, but this time with a different horse.

At the weekend, the Galashiels rider tested out his new mount Mr Moonshine at Kelso Racecourse.

Mania's ride was the big talking point on the track's richest day of the year, as Jenny Longden reports.

Ryan Mania on horse he'll ride at Grand National

Ryan Mania (in blue and yellow) in action in Kelso. Credit: ITV Border

Last year's Grand National winner Ryan Mania came second at Kelso yesterday, on the horse he'll ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean-based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine.

He was due to ride Auroras Encore again in this year's Grand National, but injury has meant the horse will not race.

Ryan Mania came second in the Premier Chase. Credit: ITV Border

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Mania at Kelso in Grand National build-up

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been trying out the horse he will ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine in the Premier Chase at Kelso Racecourse.

Mania had planned to ride at Aintree on Auroras Encore, the horse he stormed to victory on at last years Grand National, but injury meant Auroras had to be retired.

Mania now plans to compete on Mr Moonshine, another horse trained by Sue and Harvey Smith.

He will ride in the same blue and yellow colours he won in last year.

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