Rita Ora a non-runner at racing gig
Pop sensation Rita Ora has pulled out of a live performance at a race track.
The singing star was due to perform for around 8,000 race-goers at an evening race-meeting at Haydock Park on Merseyside tonight (August 9).
Rita said: "I am so sorry for cancelling my shows this weekend. I've never and will never not perform unless I physically can't put on a good show for you. I am so sorry and, as soon as I get better, I will make it up to you. I promise."
Rita's sudden illness came just hours after she was photographed making a late-night visit to a hairdresser. The star was pictured having her hair coloured and cut at a London salon last night and emerging with a new look.
The 22-year-old London-based performer was also seen to be fighting fit and pictured training with boxing champion David Haye at his gym this week.
The Hot Right Now singer's publicist said she had been struck down with a "serious infection of the chest and throat" and had been told to cancel all her appearances this week.
They include a performance at the Heitere Open Air festival in Switzerland on Sunday.
The evening's race meeting will still go ahead.
John Baker, regional director North West for The Jockey Club said: "We were extremely excited about Rita Ora performing at Haydock Park Racecourse where we have delivered two very successful racing and music nights already this summer, seeing Legends of the 80s and Madness performing to more than 30,000 guests.
"We hope that tonight's racegoers come along and enjoy the rest of their evening at Haydock Park where we have a fantastic racecard for what will be a beautiful summer's night where they can enjoy the atmosphere of our racecourse with their family and friends.
"We wish Rita a speedy recovery and hope to welcome her back to the North West in the near future."
All customers who have pre-booked full price tickets will be issued with an automatic refund of £12 directly into their bank accounts. Customers who have paid by cash and require a refund are requested to visit the Haydock Park Sales Office located at the racecourse.
The refund amount is to compensate for the live music performance element of the evening not taking place.