Cheltenham Racecourse’s Lara Telfer releases album in aid of Racing Welfare and Mind Charity
Cheltenham Racecourse employee, Lara Telfer who won a televised charity singing competition for members of the entire horseracing industry has released a charity album.
Lara won the public vote on Racing Welfare’s ‘Furlong Factor’ in May this year with her renditions of Let It Go by James Bay and Wings by Birdy. A mother of one and Marketing Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, Lara has used her time during lockdown to tap into a hidden talent and her debut charity album ‘Reined In’ is the result of weeks’ of hard work.
Lara, 30, explained: “I cannot thank Racing Welfare and all the people who voted for me enough. I hope that this album can help in some way repay them for the experience and the amazing opportunity I was given.
“All the profits from any sales of ‘Reined In’ will be split equally between the two chosen charities, Racing Welfare and Mind. It’s an honour to be able to support them.”
She has teamed up with Yellow Shark Studios and Gold Cup Music* to produce the 10-track album of covers in aid of Racing Welfare, horseracing’s industry-wide charity, and MIND charity. The album can be purchased at www.cheltenham.co.uk, and is now available to download on iTunes and Spotify here: www.laratelfer.co.uk.
Having never performed in public – other than during the competition – nor recorded in a studio, Lara took to the mic to record her own versions of songs by Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Paolo Nutini, Elvis Presley, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Birdy, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and Foo Fighters. Paul Bond, also known as “Asti” (http://paulbond.co/index.html), was in the studio with her and recorded six live tracks to guitar to feature on the album.
Lara’s performances on ‘Furlong Factor’ not only won her £1,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this month, they also won her an army of fans from across the sport.
ITV Racing presenter Oli Bell said at the time of the competition: “They’re all brilliant but someone needs to give Lara Telfer a record deal.”
Lara stunned her friends, family and the wider racing community with her vocal performance in the first round, with her video reaching almost 45,000 views on Twitter alone, and she went on to be crowned champion live on Sky Sports Racing.
A former National Point-to-Point Novice Ladies’ Champion Jockey, Lara has grown up in the racing industry and kept her vocals hidden to most. Now she hopes her debut album will help give something back to the charity that gave her the chance to shine in the first place.
*Gold Cup Music is a holding name record label in order to get the album “Reined In” on to the market and it is hoped that one day someone may give Lara Telfer a record deal.