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Gifford bids for fairytale farewell.

Byline: Rodney Masters

HE GAVE racing the ultimate fairytale story with Grand National winner

Aldaniti, writes Rodney Masters.

Can Josh Gifford now script another at Sandown today by closing his career with a winner?

At 4.40 this afternoon, Gifford will sign off

after half a century in the sport - and around 2,200 winners - when he puts the saddle on Skycab in the

attheraces.co.uk Handicap Chase.

Skycab comes into the race in good form, having won over a trip similar to today's at Stratford this month.

Four-time champion jump jockey Gifford, 61, who will hand over to his son Nick, 31, after today, said: "It would be very special to have a winner with my final runner. Ideally, Skycab wants some rain to help his chance and a strong pace would also help because he stays well."

Between the first and second races, the racecourse has organised a special presentation to mark Gifford's retirement, which will be made by owner

Peter Deal. There will also be a luncheon for Gifford and his wife Althea.

Gifford added: "I've had a wonderful career and I've been very fortunate. I'll still be very much involved at Findon - we'll live in the same house - and my main wish is for Nick to do well."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2003
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