The action continued last night in heat three of the Furlong Factor in which four girls with beautiful voices took on some timeless classics. With four such talented singers going head-to-head, the voting was extremely close but it was 29 year old Lilli Hines, from Newmarket, who came out on top with her stunning version of The Wizard of Oz favourite, Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
Lilli works for Godolphin Pre-Training, her first job in the racing industry since leaving university and one that she clearly enjoys. Lilli is also an ambassador for Godolphin’s Lifetime Care Programme, which ensures the very best life for all Godolphin horses once their racing days are over. Lilli’s talents don’t only lie with horses and her wonderful singing voice gained her lots of support on social media last night and we can’t wait to see her performance in the final.
Hugh Anderson, Godolphin Managing Director, commented: “Well done Lilli. Everyone at Godolphin is backing you and your amazing voice. Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal is the best possible cause and we will continue to support it strongly during these troubled times.”
Commenting on her win this morning Lilli said: “I just want to thank everybody for voting for me yesterday, I feel really privileged to be in your final six. I had overwhelming support from Godolphin as well as my own friends and family and I thoroughly enjoyed performing to you all and I can’t wait for the final !”
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 four will take place on Racing Welfare’s Twitter and Facebook pages at 8 pm this evening and it is sure to be another close contest with four incredible performances for you to enjoy. Lucy Elder, who is a journalist for Horse and Hound, will give us her beautiful rendition of Sting’s Fields of Gold. The other three contestants all sing and play the guitar, including Robert Pooles, a part-time rider for Hughie Morrison, who performs Bradley Cooper ‘s Maybe It’s Time from the film A Star is Born and Fred Tett, an amateur rider from Lambourn, who gives us his version of the Paolo Nutini hit Candy. 23 year old Kristen Wheeler completes the heat with a stunning performance of Andra Day’s Rise up.
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.
You can support Racing Welfare now by going to justgiving.com/RWEmergencyAppeal.