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23-year-old Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been discharged from hospital and is home to celebrate his weekend win and recovery.

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"Delighted to be home" says Grand National jockey

The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania says he's "delighted to be home" in the Scottish Borders after leaving hospital in Newcastle. The day after winning one of horse racing's greatest prizes he was badly injured in a fall during another race at Hexham.

Speaking to ITV Border as he arrived home near Galashiels he said he couldn't remember much of what had happened: "Everything was going ok in the race and the horse just made a slight mistake and fell."

He went on: "I just felt this whack on the back of my back and from then I was thinking 'Oh God I've hurt myself.' Then the doctors were pretty good. They got to me fairly quick and from then on they just attended to me and I got the air ambulance to the hospital."

"You couldn't get much higher than the Saturday and you couldn't get much lower than the Sunday. It was a complete opposite of days but I'm here and I'm standing and all is well so hopefully I'll go onwards and upwards from here."

– Ryan Mania, Grand National Winner


Mania "can't wait to get back riding"

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been released from hospital in Newcastle.

He was being treated for injuries as a result of a fall at Hexham Racecourse on Sunday (7th April).

An MRI scan to his back and neck revealed that the Galashiels jockey suffered only minor injuries, and his agent Bryce Jeffrey said he is desperate to get back in the saddle:

"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."

– Bryce Jeffrey, Agent for Ryan Mania

Ryan Mania released from hospital

Ryan Mania has been released from Newcastle Hospital, after an MRI scan to his back and neck revealed only minor injuries.

The 23-year-old Grand National champion jockey was being treated after falling from his horse in a race at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).

A homecoming parade is being organised in his home town of Galashiels this evening, where residents will celebrate his achievement.


John Lamont MSP wishes Mania a 'speedy recovery'

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has congratulated Ryan Mania on winning the Grand National, and has wished him a speedy recovery after his Hexham fall.

The 23-year-old from Galashiels, who is a former student of Borders College, became the first Scottish jockey to win the National since 1896.

“I’m sure that not many people expected a jockey riding in his first Grand National to win, but that’s exactly what Ryan Mania managed to achieve.

“It is a hugely significant achievement that makes him not only one of the youngest winners of the national ever, but also as the first Scot to win it in living memory.

"That Ryan also has such strong links to the Borders, and I was cheering loudly as he crossed the finish line on Saturday."

"My thoughts and I am sure those of all Borders residents are with him at this moment and I wish him a speedy recovery.”

– John Lamont MSP, Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
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