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Friday, 26 July, 2002, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Gifford calls it a day
Bob Champion rides Aldaniti to the winner's enclosure after winning the 1981 Grand National
Gifford trained Aldaniti to win the 1981 Grand National
Legendary trainer Josh Gifford is to retire at the end of the current National Hunt horse racing season after a 40-year career in the sport.

Gifford is planning to hand over the licence at his Sussex yard to his son Nick.

Before turning to training Gifford was champion jump jockey four times.

His successful training career was crowned by Aldaniti's emotional Grand National victory in 1981.


I don't look back on the low points and I have no regrets
Josh Gifford

"It wasn't a hard decision once Nick started to grow up and show an interest in it," said Gifford.

"He's 30 and I am 60 and it is a young man's game.

"It is all rush and tear, with racing seven days a week and nearly 365 days a year, and I have been doing it since I was a teenager.

"Peter Easterby handed over to his son and he has never been happier.

"Nick has got to go to Newmarket to pass his exams - they have to do three courses now.

Famous victory

"But I am sure he will bounce through those and if all goes well and he still wants to do it he will take over at the start of the next jumps season."

Gifford will forever be remembered for Aldaniti's Grand National victory under recovered cancer patient Bob Champion.

Gifford had nursed the horse back to fitness after a career-threatening injury.

But he also had memorable times at both Cheltenham and Newbury.

Riding career

At Cheltenham Deep Sensation won the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Bradbury Star collected two Mackeson Gold Cups.

As a jockey he rode four Schweppes Gold Trophy winners in five years for the late Ryan Price at Newbury in the 1960s.

He said: "Aldaniti winning the National was an unbelievable day, and all my rides at Aintree were memorable - I never had a fall there and I rode round about 30 times.

"I don't look back on the low points and I have no regrets."

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