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Gifford is honoured by Variety Club.

Byline: Howard Wright

JOSH GIFFORD, who retired from training six weeks ago, joined a gallery of internationally acclaimed sports personalities honoured by the Variety Club at its 30th annual sporting awards ceremony in London yesterday, writes Howard Wright.

Gifford, who was honoured for his contribution to horseracing, ranked alongside other award winners such as Sir Bobby Robson, Thierry Henry, Steve Davis and Michael Watson.

However, the former Findon trainer looked towards two less well-known sporting figures - Isabel Newstead and Danny Crates - as he received his memento.

Wheelchair athlete Newstead won the gold medal in the air pistol event at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, and is the current world champion and record-holder, while Crates has excelled at rugby and athletics after losing his right arm in an accident in 1994.

"What am I doing here?" Gifford asked. "Look at what Isabel and Danny have achieved. I've just been lucky."

As emotion threatened to get the better of Gifford's composure, he added: "I'm proud to be here."

Gifford handed over to his son Nick after Skycab gave him a winner with his last runner at Sandown on April 26, ending a 50-year career in racing.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2003
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