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Second night in hospital for jockey

Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania is hoping to leave hospital on Tuesday after undergoing a final MRI scan.

Mania, 23, was taken by air ambulance to hospital in Newcastle following a fall at Hexham on Sunday, the day after he tasted National success on the Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore.

The Scotsman was linking up once again with Bingley-based Smith in the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle when his mount Stagecoach Jasper came down early on the final circuit.

Mania was conscious following the fall and was put into the air ambulance on a spinal board before being taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary for further assessment.

In a statement to Press Association Sport last night, his agent Bruce Jeffrey said: "Ryan Mania will be staying for a second night at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

"The 23-year-old Grand National winner is waiting for a final MRI scan to give him the all-clear and allow him to return home. It is expected he will have the scan tomorrow and then leave the hospital."

Mania said: "I'd like to thank all my friends, family and everyone who has given me support since my accident. I feel okay and I'm really looking forward to being able to leave the hospital and get back to normal life."

Mania's mother, Lesley, earlier told Racing UK it had been a rollercoaster 48 hours since her son's National success.

She said: "It's been ups and downs - we don't know where we've been. I was watching the race on the TV when he fell off. He's had a lot of falls and to be caught by a horse behind him, it's scary.

"You can't do anything until you hear something. That euphoria (of the National win) is still there - it's just been surreal."


From Belfast Telegraph