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Death of owner Roy 'Frisby' Brookes.

ROY BROOKES, father of Chris and well known as owner of the Frisby-prefixed greyhounds with his son, died in hospital on Sunday. He was 83.

Born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Brookes lived most of his life in Frisby on the Wreake in Leicestershire, hence his racing prefix, which was carried by such top-class greyhounds as Frisby Flashing, Frisby Folly, Frisby Full, Frisby Fassan, Frisby Frantic and Frisby Figo.

Frisby Flashing won the Irish St Leger, the Guinness 600 and the Millennium Stakes in Ireland, while in the UK also won the Staffordshire Knot and the Dransfield Invitation. This was in 1999, Brookes's best year as an owner with his Frisby Full also finishing second in the English Derby and the Irish Derby Consolation. He was later named Owner of the Year Award at the BGBB Awards in London.

In 2001, Frisby Folly struck gold for the Brookes family and trainer Harry Crapper in the St Leger final at Wimbledon.

Chris Brookes said yesterday: "Dad was passionate about his greyhounds and being a successful businessman could enjoy his hobby to the full. He owned greyhounds for some 65 years and was loyal to his trainers which included the likes of Geoffrey Demulder, Frank Baldwin, Bertie Gaynor, Harry Crapper, Ted Soppitt and Dawn Wheatley.

"He loved a bet, and had a bet every day. Indeed, his last bet was an ante-post wager on the winner of Strictly Come Dancing! But the dogs was his major passion, and we loved going greyhound racing together over the years, all over the UK. Our trips to Ireland were special and he especially enjoyed taking on Ted Hegarty at Shelbourne Park.

"He was a great dad and great friend, and had many friends within the sport. We will also miss him greatly."

Brookes leaves wife Elaine, sons Tim, Robin and Chris and nine grandchildren. The funeral takes place on Tuesday, January 8, at Loughborough Crematorium at 2pm.


Roy Brookes with Frisby Fassan at Walthamstow in 2001
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 27, 2012
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