Jockey Mania's victory parade

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has returned to his home town of Galashiels for a victory parade. Earlier today the jockey was released from hospital following a fall at Hexham the day after the National.

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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.”


Grand National winner returns to hero's welcome

Ryan Mania received a homecoming parade. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The winning jockey of the Grand National Ryan Mania has returned home to a hero's welcome hours after being discharged from hospital.

The 23-year-old triumphed in the world-famous race with Auroras Encore on Saturday but was airlifted to hospital the following day after falling from another horse at Hexham, Northumberland.

The jockey was in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for two nights but was released today and travelled to his home town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders for a homecoming parade.

Ryan Mania get a kiss from his mother Lesley, in his hometown of Galashiels on the Scottish Borders. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He said: "It means everything, I mean all these people are here to see me and it's a bit overwhelming really, I can't thank them enough.

"The National is the biggest race in the world and it's mad really that I won, but to see all the people here is heart warming."

Hundreds of people lined the streets to congratulate him as he toured the town centre on the back of a 4x4 truck before speaking on a stage in front of the Auld Mill pub.

Mania said the last few days had been "crazy" and that he was overwhelmed by the turnout in his home town.


Jockey Mania 'delighted' to be leaving hospital

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has expressed his delight at being released from hospital today.

A homecoming parade in his hometown of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders is scheduled for 7pm tonight.

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Homecoming parade for National winning jockey

A homecoming parade is taking place in the home town of Grand National winner Ryan Mania this evening.

Residents in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders, are being given the chance to welcome home the 23-year-old champion jockey.

Mr Mania, who became the first Scottish jockey to win the National since 1896, is expected to be released from hospital today after sustaining injuries from a fall at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).

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Jockey Mania to leave hospital ‘today or tomorrow’

Ryan Mania (third right) celebrates winning the Grand National. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania will leave hospital today or tomorrow, the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle has said.

A hospital spokesman said: “Ryan Mania hasn’t had his MRI scan yet but it will happen sometime today.

“Depending on the timing and results of that scan, he will be released today or tomorrow.”

His condition has been described by the hospital as comfortable.

A homecoming parade in his hometown of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders is scheduled for 7pm tonight - and the plan is still for it to go ahead.

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