As part of racing on Saturday 3 March, Lingfield Park will be remembering the career of Davy Jones, best known as lead singer of the hugely successful Monkees pop group who sadly passed away at the age of 66 at his home in Florida this week.
After achieving early success as an actor, Davy Jones left show business to gain his amateur jockey’s license in 1960 but was tempted back to the limelight when he was chosen to be lead singer of a band called The Monkees, which had been brought together for a US TV series in 1966.
The TV show was popular in both the US and the UK, and the band had four number one albums in America within a 13-month period – as well as nine top 20 hits, including ‘I’m a Believer’ and ‘Daydream Believer’ – on which Jones sang lead vocals.
It wasn’t until 1 February 1996 that he won his first race – which happened to be at Lingfield Park – on Digpast, in the one-mile Ontario Amateur Riders’ Handicap, footage of which will be shown throughout the afternoon on the big screen.
Lingfield Park have also renamed the first two races of their card on Saturday 3 March in honour of his achievements and the successful horses in those races will be accompanied into the Winners’ Enclosure by some of The Monkee’s biggest hits.
Lingfield Park are also planning a permanent reminder in the form of a plaque marking his success to be erected in front of the Monkey Puzzle tree which stands pride of place opposite the Brasserie.
Tickets for racing will be available on the day priced £16 with further concessions available for those aged over 60 and students. Accompanied children and young people aged under 18 are admitted free of charge to all race meetings at Lingfield Park.
Call 01342 834 800 or see www.lingfieldpark.co.uk for more details.
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