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IT really is the end of an era at Sandown today, when cricket-mad Josh Gifford sends out his final runner as a trainer, Skycab, in the 4.40.

His retirement - son Nick takes over the reins at Findon and has his first runner next week - may not mean much to the modern racegoer, brought up on a diet of all-weather racing and Betfair.

To them, Josh is just a name on a racecard but, to those with longer memories, watching Gifford horses turns back time to his days with the great Ryan Price and those three Schweppes Gold Trophy coups as a jockey.

The more mature remember Aldaniti, Kybo and Bradbury Star from his training career and, as much as anything, they will have always enjoyed the wit and humour of a genuine guy.

He retires to the boundary as one of the racing greats - a four-time champion jockey and trainer of 1,586 winners - and every punter or fan owes him a large one.


Nick (left) and Josh Gifford
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2003
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