The Beach Boys wow the crowds on a fantastic afternoon at the races
Legendary band The Beach Boys thrilled a bumper crowd on Saturday with a brilliant performance featuring a full repertoire of all their classic tracks to round off a wonderful summer day at the course.
Original band member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who joined in 1965, were joined on stage by John Cowsill, Tim Bonhomme, Randell Kirsch, Scott Totten and Christian Love to belt out records like ‘Surfin’ USA’, ‘California Girls’ and ‘Good Vibrations’.
A fancy dress competition throughout the afternoon got everyone into the summer spirit and reports of thundery showers proved wide of the mark as the sun came out. Several racegoers in their best Hawaiian shirts and retro outfits won a meet and greet with one of the biggest bands of all-time before they took to the stage. The four adjudged to have looked the finest were invited on stage by The Beach Boys frontman Mike Love for a rendition of Barbara Ann.
A surf simulator also proved very popular as racegoers hit the ‘waves’ trying to set the highest score. The winner landed themselves a pair of tickets to Betfred Ladies Day at the course featuring Annie Mac and Pete Tong on Saturday 16 August.
Over 15,000 people attended, making for a great atmosphere and it continued long into the night with an after party in The White Room.
Julian Thick, CEO, said: “The Beach Boys really were fantastic this evening and it was great to see such energy from the crowd.
“We’re delighted one of the world’s most famous bands played here and it really rounded off what was a brilliant day of racing and entertainment. We look forward to welcoming back racegers throughout the summer.”
On the track, Tiggy Wiggy crushed her rivals under Richard Hughes in the feature race, the Weatherbys Super Sprint, stretching clear at the finish to win by six lengths and scoop the £250,000 contest. She returned the 5/2 favourite with Haxby a distant second and Fast Act third. It was incredible eight win in the race for the Hannon stable, with Richard Hannon continuing the strong record of his recently retired father Richard Hannon Snr, who won the race a record seven times.
Earlier Al Kazeem, the three-time Group 1 winner who was making his reappearance on Saturday after an unsuccessful stint at stud, could only finish fourth in the Doom Bar (Steventon) Stakes, behind surprise winner Amralah.
The lack of a recent run seemed to tell and Al Kazeem, the 11/10 favourite, faded as Vancouverite to flashed home. But Amralah had just enough to hold on and return as the 16/1 winner. Vancouverite was second at 10/1 and Nabucco stayed on for third as the 7/1 joint-second favourite.
Music Master left it late to get up and justify 3/1 favouritism in the Group 3 Al Basti Equiworld Hackwood Stakes. The Henry Candy horse came with a late charge to see off last year’s winner Heeraat by a neck, with Es Que Love third.
Newbury is racing next on Sunday, 3rd August with its Craft, Bake and Race day.