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WATCH: One for Arthur receives hero's welcome at Kelso racecourse

Thousands of people welcomed the Grand National champion back to the Borders this afternoon at Kelso racecourse.

One for Arthur made Grand National history at the weekend when he became the first Scottish winner of the race in over 30 years:


Galashiels jockey swaps horses for hounds

The Grand National takes place this Saturday, and will be watched by tens of millions of people across the world.

But the 2013 winning jockey, Ryan Mania from Galashiels, has given it all up for a new career.

Evanna Holland's been to meet him to talk about life after racing, and find out who he'll be backing in the big race.


Ryan Mania on horse he'll ride at Grand National

Ryan Mania (in blue and yellow) in action in Kelso. Credit: ITV Border

Last year's Grand National winner Ryan Mania came second at Kelso yesterday, on the horse he'll ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean-based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine.

He was due to ride Auroras Encore again in this year's Grand National, but injury has meant the horse will not race.

Ryan Mania came second in the Premier Chase. Credit: ITV Border

Mania at Kelso in Grand National build-up

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been trying out the horse he will ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine in the Premier Chase at Kelso Racecourse.

Mania had planned to ride at Aintree on Auroras Encore, the horse he stormed to victory on at last years Grand National, but injury meant Auroras had to be retired.

Mania now plans to compete on Mr Moonshine, another horse trained by Sue and Harvey Smith.

He will ride in the same blue and yellow colours he won in last year.

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