A trainer based in one of Newmarket’s most historic yards has urged the town’s racing community to get behind Union J star Jamie Hamblett.
Michael Bell, who has been training at Fitzroy House for more than 20 years, spotted the X Factor finalist at Tattersalls on Thursday.
The 24-year-old singer and former Flat jockey had been taking a break from rehearsals for the next X Factor live show to visit friends and family in his home town, including brother Ashley Hamblett.
“He was in town to visit his brother and I bumped into him. He seemed to be enjoying his day off,” said Mr Bell.
“I wouldn’t say I’m his target audience, but I think they seem like a very nice bunch of lads who sing very well and we should get behind them.
He added: “It’s great to have a bit of added interest in the town and I’m sure that any floating voters keen on racing will be picking up the phone and dialing their number.”
Mr Bell posted a picture of himself with Jamie on his Twitter page, @MikeBellRacing, along with a comment urging Newmarket’s racing community to vote for Union J each week.
He said: “Vote Union J and keep racing’s popstar ambassador’s dream alive.”