Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been airlifted to hospital after he fell from his horse at Hexham Races.
The 23-year-old, from Scotland, is conscious and is in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after suffering neck and back injuries in a heavy fall, a Great North Air Ambulance spokesman said.
Ryan Mania raced to victory at Aintree aboard the Sue Smith trained 66-1 shot Auroras Encore on Saturday.
He was due to ride two races at Hexham in Northumberland on Sunday but fell in the first aboard Stagecoach Jasper, another Sue Smith trained horse.
Ryan Mania spoke to Sky Tyne and Wear immediately before the race.
Ryan Mania fell on the first fence of the second circuit and was tended on the track by paramedics for more than 30 minutes after his fall.
Ryan Mania rode the John Smith's Grand National winner only after having second thoughts about his brief retirement as a jockey back in 2011.
Mania was always in touch as various contenders hustled for the early lead at the Grand National and as they swept for home his only real dangers appeared Corinthian amateur Sam Waley-Cohen's Oscar Time, and Teaforthree, who was giving Nick Scholfield an equally thrilling round.
But neither could contain Auroras Encore, who returned to a generous, if not quite ecstatic, reception in the winner's circle.
Mania said after his Grand National win: "Two years ago I gave up for six months. I was riding for Howard Johnson, who was banned, and the rides dried up.
"I was working for the Fife Hunt. I always thought I'd come back but not as quickly as I did and it was more of a sabbatical, but after two months I thought 'what am I doing'.
"I realise this will change my life, but I can't go too mad tonight because I am at Hexham tomorrow.
"I knew he was capable, even though he hadn't been running well. He wanted good ground and sunshine, which is what he hadn't had. This is always his time of year, but you couldn't be confident."
Sue Smith said: "He's such a grand little horse, you can ride him anyway you like.
"I just feel sorry for the previous owners, who were wonderful and sold him because of ill health."
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