Mania hails Grand National winner Auroras Encore

Scottish Borders jockey Ryan Mania has hailed Auroras Encore after the pair won this year's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

The Yorkshire-based runner and his 24-year-old rider, from Galashiels, were ranked 80-1 outsiders before the race but fended off competition from 'Cappa Bleu' and 'Tea for Three' to win the race at the first attempt.

Speaking today, Mania said: "The whole way through the race I couldn't believe how well he was jumping and travelling, and when we came to the Melling Road I couldn't believe we were still there.

"At that point I thought we were going to be placed, I thought this is just tremendous. But to go on and win is just mad!"

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