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Grand National jockey 'comfortable'

Ryan Mania speaking to ITV News before the accident at Hexham race course Credit: ITV News

The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania is in a 'comfortable' condition after falling from a horse the day after celebrating the biggest win of his career.

The 23-year-old was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastleafter falling during a race in Hexham in Northumberland on Sunday April 8th.

He suffered neck and back injuries after falling from his gelding, Stagecoach Jasper, at the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle, his first race since riding Auroras Encore to victory at Aintree the day before.

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Mania as happy to race at Hexham as Aintree

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has told ITV News that he's just as happy to race at Hexham as he was at Aintree yesterday.

The 23-year-old said he drove back to his hometown of Galashiels last night to a heroes welcome at his local rugby club, but only stayed briefly as he's competing at Hexham this afternoon.

He added that he only got one hour of sleep last night because he was so excited after his victory.

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Grand National winner arrives at Hexham

Grand National winner Ryan Mania Credit: ITV

This year's Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has arrived at Hexham Racecourse, in Northumberland for today's race meeting.

The 23-year-old, from Galashiels, won Sunday's big race at Aintree riding Yorkshire-based runner Auroras Encore. Mania will be competing in two races at Hexham this afternoon

Ryan Mania talking to a reporter at Hexham Racecourse Credit: ITV