Josh Gifford, father of eventer Tina Cook, still in intensive care

Josh Gifford, the trainer of 1981 Grand National winner Aldaniti and father of event rider Tina Cook, is still being treated in intensive care after developing septicaemia.

The former four-times champion jockey, who is now 70, has been in hospital since Saturday 8 October. He was taken to hospital after complaining of feeling ill on the Friday.

“He’s still critical, but he’s making progress,” Tina told H&H today (Monday 17 October).

“He’s making a bit of progress every day and is now off the respirator and breathing on his own. It’s still a huge worry and is going to be a long process but he’s still fighting.”

His most memorable win as a trainer was Aldaniti – ridden by Bob Champion who was recovering from cancer, a story that was made into the film “Champions”

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