Monday, November 29, 2021

Roy Rocket (AKA ‘The King of Brighton’ and the ‘Brighton Legend’, 2010 – 2021)

“Roy’s the boy” raged commentator Simon Holt as this legendary French born co-holder of the most number of wins at Brighton romped home after achieving nine 1st places along with two 2nd and six 3rd places at the course also.

 

With 1,300 followers on Twitter, grey gelding Roy Rocket was universally loved and to support him an octogenarian named Iris would “as he went to post… produce from one of her many voluminous handbags a flask of gin and tonic and insist that trainer John Berry took a swig for luck. It sometimes worked.”

 

In May 2018, racing history was made when transgender jockey Victoria Smith – formerly known as Vince – rode Roy Rocket in a one-mile charity race as a woman at Warwick and became the first person to have competed in both male and female categories.

 

Of Roy Rocket, in July 2018, John Berry told the Racing Post: “He’s the most incredible horse… If I took him to a place he wasn’t used to going, we probably wouldn’t get there… He’d hate going somewhere different to where he normally goes and he hates not having a whole horse box to himself… He knows the yard so well, you could open up the French windows and bring him in the house… You can give him so much freedom without him being a danger… He loves carrots, his whole life’s a treat. The way the whole yard is run is pretty much around suiting him.”

 

A winner of the ROA Award for Flat Special Achievements also, Roy Rocket is eulogised by John Berry Racing as having “[given] some of the best days of racing of our lives.” This great favourite of punters everywhere will be forever missed.

 

Roy Rocket (AKA ‘The King of Brighton’, 2010 – 2021) – Legendary racehorse Roy Rocket was a wildcard punters’ favourite at Brighton. He was trained by John Berry and was allowed to do as he wanted at his yard. “Roy’s the boy” was regularly cheered to success by an octogenarian with a flask full of gin.
Victoria Smith on Roy Rocket.

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Steve Cotten (AKA ‘Britain’s Grumpiest Landlord’) – The Politmore Arms, Yarde Down, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3HA – Alongside a cat named ‘Frederick Albert Hitler’ as barman, landlord of the “maddest pub in Britain” Steve Cotten is certainly eccentric.

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Steve Cotten (AKA ‘Britain’s Grumpiest Landlord’)

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Angela Millington (1981 – 2014)

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Katherine Knight

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Brenda from Bristol

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Prince John Zylinski (AKA ‘Prince Twinkle Toes’)

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Prince John Zylinski

The Pret Spitter

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The Pret Spitter

Fly-fisherwoman Marina Gibson

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Marina Gibson

Margaret Wooliscroft

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Margaret Wooliscroft

Angelo Vizcaino

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Angelo Vizcaino

Mr Penny Farthing

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Mr Penny Farthing

Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

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Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

Helen Brach (AKA “The Candy Lady”, 1911 – 1977, body never found)

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Helen Brach (AKA “The Candy Lady”, 1911 – 1977, body never found)

Mikel Ruffinelli

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Mikel Ruffinelli

Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

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Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

Kensington Claus

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Kensington Claus

The Knightsbridge rose seller

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The Knightsbridge rose seller

Sam Malin and Irène Major (AKA “Lord and Lady Hailes”)

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Sam Malin and Irène Major (AKA “Lord and Lady Hailes”)

Paul and Selena Bailey

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Paul and Selena Bailey

John Bly

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John Bly

Joyce Cohen

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Joyce Cohen (formerly Joyce McDillon, née Joyce Lemay)

Malavath Poorna

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Malavath Poorna

Linda Sandler

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Linda Sandler

Pablo Salcedo

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Pedro López

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Pedro López (AKA “The Monster of the Andes”)

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June and Leon Bernicoff

Leah Chase

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Leah Chase (AKA “The Queen of Creole Cuisine”)

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Dominic and Stephanie Parker (AKA “The Posh Couple”)

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Sarah Meakin

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Julia Bradbury

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Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)

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Hannah Campbell (AKA “The Bionic Woman”)

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Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)

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The musical tramp

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Doris Thompson MBE OBE (1903 – 2004) and Geoffrey Thompson (1936 – 2004)

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Charity Charity

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Kimi Räikkönen

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Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo

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Kester Thomas (1975 – 2013)

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Gavin Rankin

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Marina Oswald Porter (born Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, Russian: Марина Николаевна Прусакова)

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Elena Salvoni (1920 – 2016)

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Sultan Kösen

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Boaty Boatwright (also known as Boaty Boatwright Baker)

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Cedric Robinson MBE

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Oliver Newton

Dawn Ward

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Don who's Donna at night

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Captain Pugwash (AKA ‘Captain’ Michael M. Maricic)

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Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

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Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

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Derek Bell MBE

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Pamela Jennings (better known as “Soho Pam”, 1964 - 2013)

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£50 grifter

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Parrot Man

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Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

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John Gaze (1947 - 2011)

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Charlie Richardson (1934 – 2012)

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Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012)

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Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

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The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

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Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE (1918 – 2015)

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Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

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Claus Von Bülow

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Alexander Fiske-Harrison

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Lord Lucan (also known as Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan)

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Umberto Scomparin

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A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.
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