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23-year-old Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been discharged from hospital and is home to celebrate his weekend win and recovery.

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"Delighted to be home" says Grand National jockey

The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania says he's "delighted to be home" in the Scottish Borders after leaving hospital in Newcastle. The day after winning one of horse racing's greatest prizes he was badly injured in a fall during another race at Hexham.

Speaking to ITV Border as he arrived home near Galashiels he said he couldn't remember much of what had happened: "Everything was going ok in the race and the horse just made a slight mistake and fell."

He went on: "I just felt this whack on the back of my back and from then I was thinking 'Oh God I've hurt myself.' Then the doctors were pretty good. They got to me fairly quick and from then on they just attended to me and I got the air ambulance to the hospital."

"You couldn't get much higher than the Saturday and you couldn't get much lower than the Sunday. It was a complete opposite of days but I'm here and I'm standing and all is well so hopefully I'll go onwards and upwards from here."

– Ryan Mania, Grand National Winner

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