ENGLISH Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania hopes to be back in the saddle next week, enabling him to ride Auroras Encore in the Coral Scottish Grand National, should he take his chance.
Mania returned home on Tuesday after spending two nights in hospital following a heavy fall at Hexham on Sunday.
The rider was airlifted to the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary where it was discovered he had small fracture to his C7 vertebrae.
Mania's return to the saddle rests on an appointment with the British Horseracing Authority's medical officer Dr Michael Turner, while Auroras Encore's trainer Sue Smith is biding her time before committing to a run at Ayr with her stable star.
"I certainly feel as if I could be back," said Mania on At The Races.
"I spoke to the neurologist at the hospital and he was happy for me to be race-riding next week, but it all comes down to the medical officer. I certainly think I could ride.
"You wouldn't think he'd had a race but obviously there's a lot of factors (to take into consideration) and it's not until next week, so there'll be no decision made until nearer the time."
Mania returned to his Galashiels home on Tuesday night where a homecoming parade had been organised.
"There's no words to describe how that felt. Obviously winning the National was great but the welcome I got was just incredible," said Mania.
"It was a miserable night but there were thousands of people there to support me."