Ryan Mania returns to the saddle at Ayr today as he rides for the first time since a heavy fall at Hexham the day after the Grand National resulted in him being airlifted to hospital.
Mania who rides for Sue and Harvey Smith's stables near Bingley in West Yorkshire races Yorkshire-trained Aurora's Encore in the Scottish Grand National tomorrow. Victory would make Auroras Encore the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win both Grand Nationals.
More than 40 years after he achieved fame in showjumping, Harvey Smith has again earned his place in the history books as the trainer of Yorkshire's first Grand National winning horse in 53 years. Back at his stables this morning, he spoke to ITV News about Auroras Encore's historic win.
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.
Sue Smith, the Yorkshire-based trainer of Aurora's Encore becomes only the third woman in Grand National history to train a winning horse. She's back at home at stables with the horse in Bingley today after yesterday's historic win.