Ryan Mania, Grand National Winner, To Be Released From Hospital

Ryan Mania will be released from hospital this afternoon after an MRI on his back and neck revealed just minor injuries.

The John Smith's Grand National winner was propelled to stardom after his victory on Sue Smith's Auroras Encore at Aintree on Saturday, but came crashing back down to earth at Hexham 24 hours later.

Mania was kicked in the back after falling from Smith's 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 no serious damage has been found and he hopes to return to the saddle within weeks.

Mania sits on a stag sculpture during the winners photocall at Craiglands Farm

A homecoming party is being held in his honour in Galashiels, his hometown, 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."