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Lingfield Park race course to play tribute to singer Davy Jones

Davy Jones, the jockey remembered Photo: Meridian Tonight

The Monkees' lead singer Davy Jones died in Florida aged 66 on Wednesday 29th February after having a heart attack. A keen horserider, he won his first race at Lingfield Park in Surrey.

Jones was British, born in Manchester in 1945. He starred in ITV's Coronation Street as a teenager and then started his career training to be a jockey in Newmarket before returning to acting when he had his big break.

His love of horses was a lifelong passion which continued long after the television success of the Monkees' television show in the 1960s and thereafter. Davy Jones lived in Hampshire for a time and achieved one of his greatest ambitions by winning his first race as a jockey at Lingfield Park in 1996.

On Saturday at the famous ground two horse races are being named after him - Hey, Hey We're the Monkees & In Memory of Davy Jones. A memorial plaque will also be laid.

Singer and horserider Davy Jones, 1945 - 2012 Credit: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire