Ryan Mania set for return to the saddle

Grand National-winning jockey retired in 2014.

  • Friday 25 October
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Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania is set for a return to the saddle following retirement.

Mania hit the headlines when wining the Aintree spectacular aboard Auroras Encore for Sue Smith in 2013, but hung up his riding boots in November of the following year, a month before his 25th birthday.

The Scot, who is expected to be in action at Ayr on Monday, told the Yorkshire Post: “The main reason is that I retired for all the wrong reasons.

“My weight was really bad. I couldn’t see a way out and I just lost the plot. I’ve been thinking about it properly since I rode in a charity race for the Countryside Alliance at Aintree three years ago.”

He added: “I feel I’m riding well enough at home and I haven’t forgotten. I have stayed awake at night thinking about race-riding – I haven’t forgotten what it is like.”

Ryan Mania set for return to the saddle
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