National-winning jockey falls in race, in hospital

Updated: April 7, 2013, 6:02 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWCASTLE, England -- A day after his big victory in the British Grand National, jockey Ryan Mania was spending the night in a hospital after his horse fell during a race. He is being treated for neck and back injuries.

The 23-year-old rider received treatment for about 30 minutes at Hexham Racecourse on Sunday after his horse fell early in the final circuit.

He was described as being conscious before being flown to a hospital in nearby Newcastle in northeast England. Mania wrote on Twitter that he's feeling "grand" and expects to go home Monday after more tests.

Mania began the day by posing for photos alongside Auroras Encore, who won the world's top steeplechase Saturday as a 66-1 long shot.


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