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Mania to be released from hospital

ESPN staff
April 9, 2013
Ryan Mania won the Grand National before suffering a heavy fall at Hexham 23 hours later © PA Photos

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania is set to be released from hospital after an MRI scan revealed he had suffered minor neck and back injuries following his fall at Hexham on Sunday.

The Scottish-born rider was kicked in the back by eventual race winner Chavoy after falling heavily from the Sue Smith-trained mount Stagecoach Jasper at the fifth hurdle in the 3.10pm race, and was subsequently airlifted to Newcastle hospital following 25 minutes of on-course treatment.

A scan revealed the 23-year-old had suffered a small fracture in his C7 vertebra, before his agent released a statement confirming that Mania hopes to return to racing as quickly as possible.

"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," Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey said. "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."

Twenty-three hours prior to his fall, Mania romped to a shock nine-length Grand National victory on board the fellow Smith-trained 66/1 shot Auroras Encore.

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