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.
– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
“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.”