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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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Race Clerk: Ryan Mania is 'conscious and talking'

The Clerk of Hexham Racecourse, James Armstrong says jockey Ryan Mania is conscious after being airlifted to hospital following a nasty fall during racing this afternoon.

All I can say at the moment is he's conscious and talking and he is being taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for further assessment.

Hopefully all will be fine, but we won't have any more news until later.



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Ambulance: National jockey Mania in 'stable condition'

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance has said Grand National jockey winner Ryan Mania is in a "stable condition" after he suffered a serious fall in Hexham today:

Mr. Mania has received neck and back injuries. He came off the horse at high speed and may have been hit by another horse while he was on the ground.

He has been given extensive painkillers and is currently in a stable condition. He has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

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Winning jockey: I can't go too mad after my win

After his victory at the Grand National Ryan Mania said: "There's no words to describe it, I got a dream ride all the way - I couldn't believe my luck. I couldn't fault the old horse.

"He was second in the Scottish National last year and I thought I should stay loyal to him and thank God I did. I never really had an anxious moment, he made a couple of mistakes, that's all."

Ryan Mania celebrates on Auroras Encore Credit: Press Association

Ryan Mania added: "I knew he was capable, even though he hadn't been running well. This is always his time of year, but you couldn't be confident. Two years ago I gave up for six months because the rides had dried up, but Sue and Harvey took me in.

"I realise this will change my life, but I can't go too mad tonight because I am at Hexham tomorrow."

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