The Grand National takes place this Saturday, and will be watched by tens of millions of people across the world.
But the 2013 winning jockey, Ryan Mania from Galashiels, has given it all up for a new career.
Evanna Holland's been to meet him to talk about life after racing, and find out who he'll be backing in the big race.
One of horse racing's most famous faces joined local hero Ryan Mania at Carlisle racecourse today.
AP McCoy and last year's Grand National winning jockey were back in the saddle after they both finished the famous steeplechase in Aintree at the weekend.
Jenny Longden was at the races.
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.
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.
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.
Crowds gathered in Galashiels last night to welcome home the Grand National winner Ryan Mania, after he spent two nights in hospital.
Many were there to thank him not only for putting the town on the map, but also for securing their winnings.
Jenny Longden reports on a night to remember for the Galashiels jockey:
Grand National winner Ryan Mania has spoken exclusively to ITV News Border after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.
The 23-year-old has returned home to Galashiels to celebrate his weekend win and his ongoing recovery.
Watch the full interview and report below.
Ryan Mania has been released from Newcastle Hospital, after an MRI scan to his back and neck revealed only minor injuries.
The 23-year-old Grand National champion jockey was being treated after falling from his horse in a race at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).
A homecoming parade is being organised in his home town of Galashiels this evening, where residents will celebrate his achievement.
Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has congratulated Ryan Mania on winning the Grand National, and has wished him a speedy recovery after his Hexham fall.
The 23-year-old from Galashiels, who is a former student of Borders College, became the first Scottish jockey to win the National since 1896.