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Saturday 19 April 2014

'Tired' Ryan Mania eyes swift return to the saddle

Ryan Mania
Ryan Mania

Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania is targeting a quick return to the saddle after he was released from hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Mania, 23, was propelled to stardom after his victory on 66-1 shot Auroras Encore at Aintree on Saturday, but suffered a bad fall at Hexham 24 hours later.

Mania was kicked in the back after he fell from Stagecoach Jasper at the fourth flight of the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle and was airlifted to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.

An MRI scan revealed a small fracture to his C7 vertebra, but he has now been discharged from hospital.

Mania told Sky Sports News: "I'm feeling a bit tired and a bit sore but apart from that I'm OK, it's nothing serious.

"I remember it all, I didn't bash my head.

"The horse jumped it (the hurdle) OK, then stumbled a few strides after the hurdle and fell over.

"Then I got a sharp pain in my back, which was obviously when I got kicked and that was it.

"I've got a very small fracture to my C7, which is at the bottom of my neck, and the rest is just ligament and soft tissue damage.

"They didn't tell me when I could be riding again.

"I'll have to speak to Dr (Michael) Turner, the jockeys' medical officer. Once I've spoken to him, we'll have more of an idea.

"When it first happened it wasn't great but once the doctors arrived I realised it wasn't too bad."

Mania is expected to attend a homecoming parade tonight in his home town of Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders.

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