Brought down to earth with a bump

AFTER all the excitement of Saturday’s National glory, Ryan Mania had headline hunters on the edge of their seats again the following day.

The champion jockey had been due to ride at Kelso on Monday, but instead spent the day in hospital following a serious fall during a race at Hexham on Sunday.

He waited until Tuesday for an MRI scan to assess the extent of an injury he picked up in the fall on Stagecoach Jasper, which saw him being kicked by another horse following behind.

He was wanting to ride at Kelso (on Monday), reported his agent Bruce Jeffrey, who lives near Selkirk. “I had to tell him no. He’s some man. They’re all the same, these jockeys. I wish I was half as tough.”

Mania’s mother, Lesley, did make it to Kelso, where she told reporters: “He’s a wee bit sore and fed up about not being here today.

“His spirits are quite high. I’m more than happy with what I’ve heard. I was watching the race on the telly when he fell off. He’s had a lot of falls and to be caught by a horse behind him, it’s scary.”

Mania was airlifted from Hexham to a Newcastle hospital, where he was released on Tuesday.