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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

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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Ryan Mania released from hospital

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.

John Lamont MSP wishes Mania a 'speedy recovery'

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.

“I’m sure that not many people expected a jockey riding in his first Grand National to win, but that’s exactly what Ryan Mania managed to achieve.

“It is a hugely significant achievement that makes him not only one of the youngest winners of the national ever, but also as the first Scot to win it in living memory.

"That Ryan also has such strong links to the Borders, and I was cheering loudly as he crossed the finish line on Saturday."

"My thoughts and I am sure those of all Borders residents are with him at this moment and I wish him a speedy recovery.”

– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

Homecoming parade for National winning jockey

A homecoming parade is taking place in the home town of Grand National winner Ryan Mania this evening.

Residents in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders, are being given the chance to welcome home the 23-year-old champion jockey.

Mr Mania, who became the first Scottish jockey to win the National since 1896, is expected to be released from hospital today after sustaining injuries from a fall at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).

Grand National winner targets triple at Carlisle

Grand National winning trainer Sue Smith is aiming for a triple victory at Carlisle Racecourse today.

She is hoping to capitalise on the shock success at Aintree, where Auroras Encore took victory in the world's most famous race.

Ryan Mania from Galashiels, who rode the 66-1 outsider, will miss out on the meeting, after sustaining injuries from a fall at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).

Mrs Smith has three horses running, with Alta Rock in the 2.20, Rebel Swing in the 4.25 and Highrate in the 4.55.

"What a great way to bring the curtain down on our 2012-13 jumps season by having three horses here from the same stable as the Grand National winner.

"Sue is a great supporter of Carlisle so it was great to see her win on Saturday - and Auroras Encore was a winner here at Carlisle in March 2009.

"It would have been great to have had Ryan here too as planned after his success in the National but it will still be a great afternoon's racing. We wish him all the very best for a full and speedy recovery."

– Richard Clements, General Manager, Carlisle Racecourse
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