Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania: 'This will change my life'

Ryan Mania celebrates on Auroras Encore after winning the John Smith's Grand National Chase on April 6, 2013
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Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania says that yesterday's unlikely victory at Aintree will change his life.

Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania has said that Saturday's win over the famous Aintree fences will change his life.

Mania stormed to victory aboard 66/1 shot Auroras Encore to silence the punters and delight the bookies.

"There's no words to describe it, I got a dream ride all the way - I couldn't believe my luck," Mania said.

"I couldn't fault the old horse. He was second in the Scottish National last year and I thought I should stay loyal to him and thank God I did.

"I never really had an anxious moment, he made a couple of mistakes, that's all."

Mania said that he couldn't dwell on the celebrations because he is riding at Hexham on Sunday.

He added: "I realise this will change my life, but I can't go too mad tonight because I am at Hexham tomorrow."

Auroras Encore may now go for the Scottish National in an attempt to record an unlikely double.

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