Racing Welfare’s singing competition the Furlong Factor has uncovered some amazing talent hiding in the racing industry but it was Lara Telfer, with her stunning rendition of James Bay’s Let It Go, who topped the vote in Saturday’s final and walked away with the £1,500 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, courtesy of Racing Breaks.
Lara was announced as the winner in a special live broadcast on Sky Sports Racing hosted by Luke Harvey and will also receive a beautiful Furlong Factor trophy, kindly donated by Inkerman London.
Lara was clearly surprised and delighted to have won, she said:
The Furlong Factor has provided some great ‘night in’ entertainment during the lockdown period and Racing Welfare has been asking anyone who has enjoyed the performances to donate the equivalent of their usual favourite night out to their Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. The #NightIn4NightOut campaign has had plenty of support from some of racing’s most famous faces with the likes of AP McCoy, Francesca Cumani and Nicky Henderson all sharing their idea of a great night out and contributing to the appeal.
Watch Laura’s reaction as Luke Harvey announces her as the Furlong Factor winner
Tweeting his support for the competition Nicky Henderson said:
The competition has created an incredible buzz throughout the racing industry, with #FurlongFactor trending on Twitter during the heats. To date, the Furlong Factor videos have been viewed over 603k times on Twitter with the competition generating over 3.3 million impressions across the platform.
The Furlong Factor was a fundraising initiative which saw Racing Welfare join forces with Great British Racing (GBR), the Tote and Sky Sports Racing, with the aim of raising £50,000 towards their Emergency Appeal, which has an overall target of £500,000 and donations to the appeal are still much needed.
Donate to Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal here: justgiving.com/RWEmergencyAppeal
JJ Hamblett, a former jockey and member of X-Factor finalists, Union J, was a celebrity judge for the competition. Commenting after the winner was announced he said:
Sky Sports Racing’s Luke Harvey, guest host of the Furlong Factor, said:
Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare’s Chief Executive, said:
Watch Lara perform her final song, Let It Go by James Bay