Roy Rocket had a great year in 2018, when he won three times at his beloved Brighton, thus taking his total of wins there to nine, and collected the ROA Flat Special Achievement Award. That is going to be hard to follow as he obviously starts this year considerably higher in the ratings than he did last year. And he's not getting any younger, either.
Nevertheless, he'll keep trying, and hopefully he'll make a few visits to the lovely seaside racecourse again this year. The plan is for him to run at the first Brighton meeting of the year on April 20, ie Easter Saturday, and then we'll play it by ear after that.
He often runs well first time out there, but this year he has been less busy in the winter than has sometimes been the case: he had a good break at the end of last year and has ended up only having had one run at Kempton in preparation for his turf campaign.
At nine he's at an age at which many horses have already started to lose their form, but he seems very well, is still full of enthusiasm and still plays around like a young horse, so we hope that he can still be competitive for a while longer. He'll let us know when he's ready to take things easy, but at present there's no sign of that at all.