Roar Festival announce line up for racing dinner panel

A host of top-notch racing names for the Final Furlong dinner panel (Wednesday 28 June at the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa) have been announced as the Cambridge Roar gears up for the start of the annual Festival of charity events which kicks off this Saturday.


A range of stars from the world of horseracing will form a panel chaired by the renowned TV racing presenter and commentator, Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson, who will engage in lively chat about the experiences of each of the panellists. For enthusiastic horseracing fans this is a chance to take a step behind the scenes and hear from the jockeys and trainers themselves what it means to be a part of this ‘Sport of Kings’.


The outstanding panel consists of trainers Gay Kelleway and George Scott, Director of Racing at Jockey Club Racecourses, Michael Prosser, legendary jump jockey Bob Champion, and former flat racing jockey Freddie Tylicki.


Pioneering jockey and now trainer Gay Kelleway is the only woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot in 1987 on Sprowston Boy. The 12-1 shot, trained by her late father Paul, won the two-mile six-furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes. This is the only time a female jockey has ridden a winner on British Flat racing’s greatest stage.


George Scott is a young, ambitious first season trainer, a former assistant to Lady Cecil and Michael Bell he is the rising star in Newmarket. It was always going to be a career in racing for George. The love of a horse runs in his blood – as does an affinity with Newmarket, the globally recognised home of horseracing.


Robert ‘Bob’ Champion MBE is an English former jump jockey who won the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti. His triumph was made into a film Champions, with John Hurt portraying Champion. The film is based on Champion’s book Champions Story, which he wrote with close friend and racing journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Powell.


German-born Frederik ‘Freddy’ Tylicki is a former flat racing jockey in Great Britain. He was British flat racing Champion Apprentice in 2009, when he also won the Lester Award for Apprentice Jockey of the Year. For Freddie too, racing was always in his blood; his Polish-born father Andrzej Tylicki was three times champion jockey in Germany. In 2016, Freddie was left paralysed in the lower half of his body after a horrific accident at Kempton Park Racecourse.


Commenting on this year’s panel, Tony Murdock, Founder and Chairman of the Roar Festival said: “We are thrilled and honoured that these five big names from the racing world have agreed to come along to the Final Furlong dinner. It must be our best panel yet! Racing is an exceptional sport that offers both beauty and drama and, with the help of our panellists and Tommo, we hope to bring that to life for everyone attending the dinner, whether they’re ardent fans or new to the sport.”


The Cambridge ROAR Festival has teamed up with Newmarket Racecourses and Discover Newmarket to host the glitzy racing evening, the aim of which is to raise money for three local charities. During the evening, diners will enjoy a fun-filled racing evening in the ROAR ‘winner’s enclosure’ followed by a sumptuous two-course dinner. There will also be a fast-paced racing game, providing diners with the chance to show off their lucky streak and take a gamble for charity.


The Cambridge Roar Festival, now in its fourth year, raises money for local charities by staging several high-profile events within the grounds of the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa at Stow Cum Quy. The Final Furlong dinner is one of 12 events taking place between 17 June and 30 September 2017.

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