The standard of performers in Racing Welfare’s Furlong Factor has been amazing and last night’s heat was no different with four brilliant contenders going head-to-head. It was the inimitable Fred Tett who took the win with his acoustic guitar rendition of Paolo Nutini’s Candy.
Fred, who is 27 and an amateur rider from Lambourn, has worked in racing since leaving school. He is very modest about his riding ability despite having represented Great Britain in the 2014-2015 Fegentri series and being 2019 Champion Jockey in the Channel Islands. Fred is similarly timid about his singing abilities but having taught himself guitar in only four months he blew the voters away with is performance and had massive support from the racing industry on social media.
ITV Racing Presenter, Francessca Cumani, commented: “Wow, Fred Tett’s performance was just brilliant. I can’t believe he has only been playing the guitar for four months! This competition was such a good idea and has found some amazing hidden talents, it is going to be so hard to pick just one overall winner.”
Fred was over the moon to come through his heat and this morning, in his own unique style, said: “How do I feel about winning last night?? Aaaarrrgghh!!! I thought I was stuffed when I saw everybody else, I thought you can’t win! But it was great and the response on twitter, fantastic! Thank you everyone very much for voting for me.”
The final 24 contenders are going head-to-head in online heats that continue every night until Monday 4th May and that take place at 8 pm on Racing Welfare’s Twitter page. All of the contestants are vying to win the £1,500 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe.
Heat five, that takes place on Racing Welfare’s Twitter and Facebook pages at 8 pm this evening, includes contestants from all across the industry. Brett Williams, a freelance PR and broadcaster, performs the Bill Withers’ classic Lean On Me. Gemma Darley, a physiotherapist at the IJF’s Jack Berry House, gives us a beautiful rendition of KT Tunstall’s Suddenly I See, and, from the world of Arab Racing, we have Rebecca Thomas with her version of Birdy’s Wings. The heat is completed with the first duet of the competition from Trainer Heather Main and Owner Craig Pilgrim. The duo will give us a stunning performance of Elaine Page’s Sometimes.
The winners of each heat will progress to the live Furlong Factor Final which will be broadcast on Sky Sports Racing on Saturday 9th May. In the run-up to the final racing fans will have the opportunity to back their favourite contestants through the Tote, before the winner of the Furlong Factor 2020 is announced. Funds raised by Tote bets will be donated to Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal.
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