Grand National winning-rider Ryan Mania spoke to ITV News before suffering a nasty fall during his race at Hexham today. Mania said that he "dreaded" to think of "what he would be doing, if he wasn't doing this".
Around 25 minutes after the race at Hexham, 23-year-old Ryan Mania was still being treated on the track by medics. Witnesses say covers have been put up, there is a delay to racing and an air ambulance has arrived.
After his victory at the Grand National Ryan Mania said: "There's no words to describe it, I got a dream ride all the way - I couldn't believe my luck. I couldn't fault the old horse.
"He was second in the Scottish National last year and I thought I should stay loyal to him and thank God I did. I never really had an anxious moment, he made a couple of mistakes, that's all."
Ryan Mania added: "I knew he was capable, even though he hadn't been running well. This is always his time of year, but you couldn't be confident. Two years ago I gave up for six months because the rides had dried up, but Sue and Harvey took me in.
"I realise this will change my life, but I can't go too mad tonight because I am at Hexham tomorrow."