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Ryan-Mania-weighThe Scotsman, who steered Auroras Encore to a famous 66-1 success at Aintree on Saturday, was linking up once again with trainer Sue Smith in the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle.

However, his mount Stagecoach Jasper came down early on the final circuit.

Some 25 minutes after the race the 23-year-old Mania was still being attended to on the track by medics. With the covers up, there was a delay to racing following the arrival of the air ambulance.

Mania was understood to be conscious following the fall and was put into the air ambulance on a spinal board before being taken to hospital in Newcaslte.

Ewan Whillans will substitute for him on his only other booked mount, Twice Lucky in the 4.25 race.

Mania received what appeared to be a kick between his shoulder blades and was described as very sore before going to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary for further assessment on neck and back injuries. He was reported to be in a stable condition.

Ryan-Mania-airliftClerk of the course James Armstrong said: “All I can say at the moment is he’s conscious and talking and he is being taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for further assessment.

“Hopefully all will be fine, but we won’t have any more news until later.”

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said: “Mr. Mania has received neck and back injuries. He came off the horse at high speed and may have been hit by another horse while he was on the ground.

“He has been given extensive painkillers and is currently in a stable condition. He has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.”

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