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

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.

“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.

 

Victoria Smith on Roy Rocket.

The Roll Call - CHARACTERS

1

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

2

Mrs Filthy Piece of Toerag

3

Angela Millington (1981 – 2014)

4

The Cheery Street Sweeper

5

Katherine Knight

6

Brenda from Bristol

7

The Cross Word Couple (AKA ‘The Crossword Couple’)

8

The Pret Prayer

9

The Pret Sleeper

10

Prince John Zylinski

11

The Pret Spitter

12

Marina Gibson

13

Margaret Wooliscroft

14

Angelo Vizcaino

15

Mr Penny Farthing

16

Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

17

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

18

Mikel Ruffinelli

19

Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

20

Kensington Claus

21

The Knightsbridge rose seller

22

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

23

Paul and Selena Bailey

24

John Bly

25

Joyce Cohen (formerly Joyce McDillon, née Joyce Lemay)

26

Malavath Poorna

27

Linda Sandler

28

Pablo Salcedo

29

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

30

June and Leon Bernicoff

31

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

32

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

33

Sarah Meakin

34

Julia Bradbury

35

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

36

Hannah Campbell (AKA “The Bionic Woman”)

37

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

38

The musical tramp

39

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

40

Charity Charity

41

Kimi Räikkönen

42

Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo

43

Kester Thomas (1975 – 2013)

44

Gavin Rankin

45

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

46

Elena Salvoni (1920 – 2016)

47

Sultan Kösen

48

Boaty Boatwright (also known as Boaty Boatwright Baker)

49

Cedric Robinson MBE

50

Oliver Newton

51

Don who's Donna at night

52

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

53

Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

54

Jim Bowen (born Peter Williams)

55

Derek Bell MBE

56

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

57

£50 grifter

58

Parrot Man

59

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

60

John Gaze (1947 - 2011)

61

Charlie Richardson (1934 – 2012)

62

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

63

Christian Gerhartsreiter (main alias Clark Rockefeller)

64

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

65

Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE (1918 – 2015)

66

Nancy Wake AC GM (1912 – 2011)

67

Claus Von Bülow

68

Alexander Fiske-Harrison

69

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

70

Umberto Scomparin

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