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.”
After being discharged from hospital Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania said he was, "feeling a bit tired and a bit sore, but other than that I'm doing OK. Nothing serious."
He also described what he could remember from his fall in the Hexham on Sunday:
Asked if he should have been riding so soon after his National win Mania said: "it's my job to ride"
Grand National winning rider Ryan Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey says the jockey could still be released from hospital today.
The announcement came in spite of doctors saying he will remain in for another night as a precautionary measure.
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.
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.
Ryan Mania sent this tweet from hospital as he waits for a scan after his fall at Hexham today.
The clerk of Hexham racecourse, James Armstrong, has given a statement to the media after Grand National winner, Ryan Mania was airlifted to hospital this afternoon following a fall from another of trainer, Sue Smith's horses.
Ryan Mania, the jockey who rode Yorkshire's Auroras Encore to Grand National glory spent the day celebrating his victory, before his nasty fall at Hexham.
The 23 year old scotsman was airlifted to hospital after coming off his mount in the 3:10. He was riding another of Bingley Moor trainer, Sue Smith's horses, Stagecoach Jasper.
Ryan Mania's win upon Yorkshire-trained Auroras Encore at the Grand National yesterday was even more remarkable as it was the first time the jockey had ever ridden in the race. Back at the horse's stables in West Yorkshire this morning, he reflected upon his historic win.