Over the last six nights Racing Welfare’s brand new singing competition, the Furlong Factor, has uncovered some exceptional hidden talent from across the racing industry and the runners and riders for this Saturday’s live final have now been announced. The remaining eight final performances will be aired across Racing Welfare’s social media from 2 pm on Saturday. The overall winner of the competition will be revealed by Luke Harvey live on Sky Sports Racing from 5 pm on Saturday 9th May.
The Furlong Factor has seen Racing Welfare join forces with Great British Racing (GBR), the Tote and Sky Sports Racing, with the aim of raising much-needed funds for the charity’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. Due to the cancellation of planned fundraising events this year, the charity is a facing a £500,000 income deficit at a time when demand for Racing Welfare’s services has never been so high. In a normal year Racing Welfare would support around 2500 people from racings workforce. To date in 2020 they already supported over 3000 individuals.
Donate to Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal here: justgiving.com/RWEmergencyAppeal
Last night’s sixth and final heat was won by Lucy Barry, National Hunt Manager for the Melbourne 10 syndicate, with her stunning rendition of Labrinth’s Jealous. She now heads to the final along with the other heat winners and two surprise wildcard finalists, chosen and announced by guest commentator JJ Hamblett this morning.
The Furlong Factor final line up:
Lara Telfer – South West Regional Marketing Manager, Jockey Club
James Ferguson – Trainer
Lilli Hines – Rider, Godolphin pre-training
Fred Tett – Amateur Rider
Rebecca Thomas – Stable Staff, Delyth Thomas Arab Racing
Lucy Barry – National Hunt Manager, Melbourne 10 Syndicate
Annie Martin – Rider, William Haggas
Kristen Wheeler – Stud Hand, Hillwood Stud
The final eight all remain in with a chance of walking 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. The victor will also receive a beautiful Furlong Factor trophy, kindly donated by Inkerman London.
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 519k times on Twitter alone, with the competition generating over 2.4 million impressions across the platform.
Speaking on Luck on Sunday the charity’s Director of Welfare, Simone Sear, said of the competition:
Tweeting his support for the competition Oli Bell said:
Sky Sports Racing Presenter, Alex Hammond, was impressed with heat four contender Fred Tett, saying:
ITV Racing Presenter, Francesca Cumani, commented:
In the run-up to Saturday’s final racing fans will have the opportunity to back their favourite contestants through the Tote. Betting will open at 2.30 am on finals day and close at 1.30 pm. Funds raised by Tote bets will be donated to Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. Supporters will then be able to vote for their favourite between 2 pm and 4 pm on Racing Welfare’s website www.racingwelfare.co.uk/furlong-factor ahead of the winner being announced.
Sky Sports Racing’s Luke Harvey, guest host of the Furlong Factor, said:
Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare’s Chief Executive, said: