Grand National winner Ryan Mania released from hospital

Jockey suffered a bad fall 24 hours after winning world famous race

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Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania has been released from Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary after an MRI scan on his back and neck revealed just minor injuries.

Mania, 23, was propelled to stardom after his victory on 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 Hospital.

He spent two nights in hospital, but scans revealed no serious damage.

A Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary spokesperson said Mania had now left hospital, with a homecoming party set to be held in his honour in Galashiels, his home town, this evening.

In a statement to Press Association Sport, Mania's agent, Bruce Jeffrey, said: "Ryan had his MRI scan this morning and it has shown up a very small fracture in his C7 vertebra and there is also some soft tissue and ligament damage.

"Ryan feels fine in himself and he is up and walking about perfectly fine.

"He is hoping to be back in the saddle in the very near future.

"Once again, Ryan and his family would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support, it has been fantastic, and he just can't wait to get back riding again."

Mania later tweeted: "Looking forward to getting home to see friends and family. Would also love to see GN2013 (Grand National) replay. #excited."