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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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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 planned for Grand National winner

A homecoming parade for Grand National winner Ryan Mania is set to take place in his home town once he is released from hospital in Newcastle.

The jockey is currently in hospital after being injured in a fall during a race at Hexham, Northumberland, on Sunday.

The event in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders, is expected to take place on Tuesday night and will start with a reception at a restaurant.

Mania will then embark on a parade through the town to greet residents.

The 23-year-old won Saturday's Grand National at Aintree on Auroras Encore.

However, after a heavy fall at Hexham, he was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

A Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said he was comfortable and had undergone an MRI scan but there was no news about when he would be allowed to go home.

Grand National winner Ryan Mania may be released from hospital

Ryan Mania celebrating on Auroras Encore after winning the Grand National Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The jockey who won the Grand National is hoping to be released from hospital in Newcastle later. Ryan Mania was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary on Sunday after falling from a horse in Hexham. A celebration is planned in his hometown, Galashiels.

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Grand National jockey 'comfortable'

Ryan Mania speaking to ITV News before the accident at Hexham race course Credit: ITV News

The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania is in a 'comfortable' condition after falling from a horse the day after celebrating the biggest win of his career.

The 23-year-old was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastleafter falling during a race in Hexham in Northumberland on Sunday April 8th.

He suffered neck and back injuries after falling from his gelding, Stagecoach Jasper, at the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle, his first race since riding Auroras Encore to victory at Aintree the day before.

Grand National winner falls at Hexham

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has fallen whilst competing in a race meeting at Hexham, Northumberland.

The 23-year-old, from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, fell whilst riding Stagecoach Jasper in the 3:10pm race. Our ITV reporter says he's been down since.

Mania won the main event at Aintree on Saturday riding Yorkshire-based horse Auroras Encore.

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