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Ryan Mania, having been detained a second night in hospital, was discharged in time to head home to Galashiels for a celebration of his breakthrough success in the Grand National. Scans did reveal that the young Scotsman suffered a minor fracture of his C7 vertebra when taking a fall from his very next mount after Auroras Encore, at Hexham on Sunday. But Mania described himself as no more than "a bit tired and sore", having otherwise suffered only soft tissue and ligament damage, and stressed his determination to be riding again sooner rather than later.

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Horse of moment makes it nine on the trot as he blows away top-class contenders in field

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Ireland’s Stuart Crawford takes a tumble with Mourne Paddy at the Chair during the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase

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100-1 shot wins Fox Hunters’ Chase but all the talk will be of Battlefront’s death

Katie Walsh: Jockey pulled up Battlefront during the Fox Hunters’ Chase yesterday

Aintree: Tragedy hits Grand National meet as Katie Walsh's mount dies

Battlefront collapses after being pulled up during race over controversial big fences of Aintree course

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Gandhi’s problem is that he is starting from a very low base in his current bid to win public acceptability

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'Horsegate' might have put Britons off cheap sausages, but demand for Cranswick’s posh bangers such as wild vension with redcurrant and red wine and duck with red cherries and port is absolutely sizzling.

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Potentially the first female winner of the Grand National?

Beecher’s Brook is one of the most difficult fences on the course

Grand National jockey Katie Walsh defends race as concerns over horse deaths mount

The horses that take part in the Grand National are treated “better than some children” despite the equine death toll, a leading jockey has claimed ahead of this weekend’s race.

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Animal Kingdom supreme beyond all borders

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