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  • Writer's pictureEmma Berry

Dotty about Roy Rocket? You could be his owner for a day...

Roy, John and Gus

Roy Rocket is now on holiday but he has one more important piece of work to complete before he heads off to the paddock and that is to launch a competition to support Pat Smullen’s fundraising efforts for Cancer Trials Ireland.

Through the Pat Smullen Champions Race and his ambassadorial role for Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Smullen has already ensured that plenty of money will be raised during Ireland’s major race meeting, and a week later the yards of Newmarket will open their doors on 22 September as part of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend.

Visitors to Beverley House Stables can meet Roy Rocket and enter a competition to be his owners for a day by guessing the number of spots on Gus the Dalmatian. The official canine count has been undertaken by independent judge Sir Mark Prescott.

No doubt Sir Mark’s calculations will be spot on as ever, and the person to guess correctly just how dotty Gus is will win four owners’ badges for one of Roy Rocket’s race days in 2020. The winner will also be welcome to bring friends to spend a morning with Roy on the famous Newmarket gallops. If a correct guess isn’t made then the nearest to the number will be deemed the winner.

A minimum donation of £10 per guess is requested to support Pat Smullen's fundraising efforts towards important research in the ongoing battle against cancer. All money raised will go directly to Cancer Trials Ireland. Donations and guesses can be made in person at the open day on 22 September or online via

We look forward to welcoming visitors from 9am for Newmarket sausages, and of course the chance to meet Roy Rocket and our team. Roy is having a deserved three-month holiday but he has ended the season sound and full of beans, and he will be back to race on as a 10-year-old next season.

Full details of the events taking place during the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket on 21 and 22 September can be found via

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Chris Gibbo
Chris Gibbo
Aug 22, 2021

Really nice guy john berry very knowledgable in all horseracing as far as I'm concerned love seeing his horses at my local track Brighton and hopefully get the chance to meet him there and buy him a coffee or tea and chat about all things horseracing. Kind regards Chris Gibbons hove east Sussex

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