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Grand National winner: Fall at Hexham felt ‘really bad’

Ryan Mania and his wife are expecting their first child. Credit: Daybreak

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has admitted that his fall at Hexham “felt really bad” as he described being then hit by a horse.

He told Daybreak: “When it first happened it felt really bad, I was a bit concerned. But after lying for a couple of minutes, feeling came back and I thought it’s maybe not as bad as I first thought.”

Mania, who nearly quit the sport over a lack of opportunities, added: “I was aware that one of them [the horses] hit me. You do hear them fly past your head.”


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Mania's agent: 'Jockey could leave hospital today'

Grand National winning rider Ryan Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey says the jockey could still be released from hospital today.

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All is going to be well, says hurt jockey’s trainer

Sue and Harvey Smith train Grand National winner Auroras Encore. Credit: Daybreak

Sue Smith, who trains Grand National winner Auroras Encore, says jockey Ryan Mania is going to recover from the injury he sustained in a nasty fall at Hexham.

She told Daybreak: “It wasn’t so good there for an hour but… thankfully it looks as though all is going to be well.”

She added: “[It] looked to be a very unfortunate fall, it was another horse that’s trodden on him.”

Husband Harvey said: “These lads fall every other day so he’ll soon bounce back.

"It’s part of the job.”

Mania guided outsider Auroras Encore to a shock victory at Aintree racecourse on Saturday.

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Mania's agent: Jockey to have MRI scan after fall

Grand National winning rider Ryan Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey has tweeted the jockey's progress, after Mania suffered a heavy fall during his ride at Hexham.


Pictures: Mania celebrates moments before his fall

Ryan Mania, the jockey who rode Yorkshire's Auroras Encore to Grand National glory spent the day celebrating his victory, before his nasty fall at Hexham.

Grand National winning jockey, Ryan Mania, just minutes before his fall at Hexham Credit: ITV News
Ryan Mania, who spent the day carrying out interviews following yesterday's win, fell just minutes after these pictures were taken. Credit: ITV News

The 23 year old scotsman was airlifted to hospital after coming off his mount in the 3:10. He was riding another of Bingley Moor trainer, Sue Smith's horses, Stagecoach Jasper.

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