Injured National jockey rides again

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been declared fit enough to ride again after being injured at Hexham race meeting.

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Aurora's Encore back in National action

Aurora's Encore

Grand National winner Aurora's Encore, trained on the moors high above Bingley by Sue Smith, will try to add the Scottish Grand National to his wins at Ayr tomorrow.

If he does he would be the first horse to do the double since Red Rum back in the 1970s. He has got decent form in the race - he finished second in it last year. And he won't be an outsider like he was at Aintree, where he won at 66-1.

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Grand National winner: Fall at Hexham felt ‘really bad’

Ryan Mania and his wife are expecting their first child. Credit: Daybreak

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has admitted that his fall at Hexham “felt really bad” as he described being then hit by a horse.

He told Daybreak: “When it first happened it felt really bad, I was a bit concerned. But after lying for a couple of minutes, feeling came back and I thought it’s maybe not as bad as I first thought.”

Mania, who nearly quit the sport over a lack of opportunities, added: “I was aware that one of them [the horses] hit me. You do hear them fly past your head.”

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Mania's agent: 'Jockey could leave hospital today'

Grand National winning rider Ryan Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey says the jockey could still be released from hospital today.

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National jockey to stay in hospital for another night

Aurora Encore in his stable with jockey Ryan Mania Credit: PA

A hospital in Newcastle says Ryan Mania is comfortable and in good spirits but he will remain in for another night as precautionary measure.

He is still to have his MRI but it too is being done as a precaution.

Mania looks to have escaped serious injury from his fall at Hexham yesterday.

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All is going to be well, says hurt jockey’s trainer

Sue and Harvey Smith train Grand National winner Auroras Encore. Credit: Daybreak

Sue Smith, who trains Grand National winner Auroras Encore, says jockey Ryan Mania is going to recover from the injury he sustained in a nasty fall at Hexham.

She told Daybreak: “It wasn’t so good there for an hour but… thankfully it looks as though all is going to be well.”

She added: “[It] looked to be a very unfortunate fall, it was another horse that’s trodden on him.”

Husband Harvey said: “These lads fall every other day so he’ll soon bounce back.

"It’s part of the job.”

Mania guided outsider Auroras Encore to a shock victory at Aintree racecourse on Saturday.

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Mania's agent: Jockey to have MRI scan after fall

Grand National winning rider Ryan Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey has tweeted the jockey's progress, after Mania suffered a heavy fall during his ride at Hexham.

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