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Grand National jockey welcomed home

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has returned home to a hero's welcome - just hours after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.

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

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

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.

"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 heartwarming."

– Ryan Mania

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Jockey Ryan Mania 'can remember it all' after fall

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"

Ryan Mania "hoping to be back in the saddle in the very near future"

Ryan Mania will be released from hospital this afternoon after an MRI on his back and neck revealed just minor injuries.

The Grand National winner was propelled to stardom after his victory at Aintree on Saturday, but came crashing back down to earth at Hexham 24 hours later.

Mania was kicked in the back after falling from Smith's Stagecoach Jasper at the fourth flight of the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle and was airlifted to Newcastle Hospital.

He spent two nights in hospital but no serious damage has been found and he hopes to return to the saddle within weeks.

In a statement Mania's agent, Bruce Jeffrey, said:

"Ryan had his MRI scan this morning and it has shown up a very small fracture in his C7 vertebra and there is also some soft tissue and ligament damage.

"Ryan feels fine in himself and he is up and walking about perfectly fine.

"He is hoping to be back in the saddle in the very near future.

"Once again, Ryan and his family would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support, it has been fantastic, and he just can't wait to get back riding again."

– Bruce Jeffrey, Ryan Mania's agent
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