Jump jockey Ryan Mania has had an extraordinary few days that have included winning the Grand National on a rank outsider.
Big outsider Auroras Encore won the 166th Grand National at Aintree cruising to a comfortable victory in the world's most famous jumps race.
Sport fans are waiting to see if the Grand National, the world's most famous steeplechase, will get its first female winning jockey.
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 winning jockey Ryan Mania left hospital today and got the party started tonight at last in his home town, Galashiels, in the Scottish borders.
The celebrations had been hold since his fall riding a horse the day after his great victory.
He told ITV News sports correspondent Natalie Pirks that attention he had received after winning the race was "just crazy".
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.
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.
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 jockey Ryan Mania has finally left hospital.
He told us he'd fractured a vertebrae in his neck and has not been told when he can ride again.
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.
Delighted to be getting out today. Looking forward to getting home to see friends & family. Would also love to see GN2013 replay. #excited
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).
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.
The Professional Jockeys' Association tells me they will ask the British Horseracing Authority to look at the scheduling so the 2014 National winner will not have to race the next day.