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Grand National winner air-lifted to hospital after fall

Jockey Ryan Mania has been rushed to hospital just 24 hours after winning the Grand National for the first time.

Mr Mania's horse Stagecoach Jasper came down at speed early on the final circuit in an afternoon race at Hexham Racecourse yesterday and the 23-year-old Scottish jockey received what appeared to be a kick between his shoulder blades.

He was treated for around 30 minutes on the track in northern England and was described as being conscious before being flown by air ambulance to a hospital for further assessment.

"At the moment he's conscious and talking and he is being taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle," said course clerk James Armstrong. "Hopefully all will be fine."

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said his condition on arrival at hospital was described as stable.

On Saturday, Mr Mania produced one of the biggest surprises in Grand National history as 66-1 outsider Auroras Encore romped to victory in the world's top steeplechase.

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Irish Independent