Ryan Mania: Grand National-winning jockey set to leave hospitalPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
National hero Mania hoping for speedy return
GRAND NATIONAL-WINNING jockey Ryan Mania is hoping to be back race-riding shortly after escaping with just minor injuries following a fall at Hexham on Sunday
Mania was kicked in the back when falling from the Sue Smith-trained Stagecoach Jasper and was airlifted to Newcastle Hospital the day after after partnering Auroras Encore to a famous victory at Aintree.
After spending two days in hospital he was preparing to be discharged in time to attend a party in his home town of in Galashiels on Tuesday evening.
Mania'a 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."
The jockey later tweeted: "Delighted to be getting out today. Looking forward to getting home to see friends & family. Would also love to see GN2013 replay."