Hopes rise for injured Mania
Hopes have risen that injuries suffered by Grand National-winning rider Ryan Mania may not be as bad as first feared.
Mania, 23, was taken by air ambulance to hospital in Newcastle following a heavy fall on his return to action after winning the National on the Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore at Aintree on Saturday afternoon.
The Scotsman was linking up once again with Bingley-based Smith in the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle at Hexham on Sunday.
However, his mount Stagecoach Jasper came down early on the final circuit.
Some 25 minutes after the race Mania was still being attended to on the track by medics and there was a substantial delay to racing following the arrival of the air ambulance.
Mania was conscious following the fall and was put into the air ambulance on a spinal board before being taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, tweeted: "[Ryan] is in hospital with friends and family. He's awaiting scan results. Fingers crossed not as bad as first feared. He thanks everyone for their well wishes. Further updates when we have them."
Mania received what appeared to be a kick between his shoulder blades and was described as very sore before going for further assessment on neck and back injuries. He was reported to be in a stable condition.
Clerk of the course James Armstrong said: "His agent and his partner are with him. I know that he's had some scans and they are waiting for the results but there's no news more than that at the moment."
The Great North Air Ambulance confirmed that its helicopter based at Penrith, in Cumbria, attended and took the jockey to hospital in Newcastle with a flight time of just eight minutes.
A spokesman said: ""The jockey was initially treated by a race doctor and ambulance crew on scene, before being assessed and treated by the aircrew doctor and paramedic and then flown to Hospital."
He said the casualty had back and neck injuries which were assessed as "severe/serious" but said his condition on arrival at hospital was described as stable.