Josh Gifford Memorial Service and reception

Josh Gifford

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A MEMORIAL service is to be held to celebrate the life of Josh Gifford, the former champion National Hunt jockey and trainer of Downs House, Findon, who died recently.

The service will be take place at Chichester Cathedral on Thursday March 1 at 2pm. It will be followed by a funeral reception at Fontwell Park racecourse.

The reception will be open to anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Josh. The racecourse is a fitting choice for the reception, for Josh sent out many winners at the track during his prestigious career as a popular and local National Hunt trainer.

This Sunday, February 26, Fontwell Park racecourse will have a memorial racecard on sale, produced as a tribute to Josh, at its ‘All about the Horse’ and National Spirit Hurdle race meeting, when the first race starts at 2.10pm.

A racecourse spokeswoman said: “The reception is open to absolutely anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Josh. We will have our doors open from 2.30pm for anyone who wishes to come along and remember Josh.”