Flowing equine silhouettes outlined on Newmarket gallops softened by a dawn’s white
the wide road bordered with immaculate hedging and white pole railings under clear
cornflower blue skies,
milling horses walk in circles waiting to be loaded by handlers, the metallic clang of the
the jockey and saddle weighed on silver scales in the weighing room, the lead in the
saddlecloth adjusting the weight.
The race by race analysis of the small black print of horses’ form studied at length the
evaluating each runner, the type of race, the soft to heavy ground, the favourable low
number of the draw,
high up in the stands enjoying a National Hunt meeting at Market Rasen on a blustery
the scenic course and rails backlit by undulating wolds and grey rain clouds lit by sun’s
As the sprung orange starting tape across the course quickly recedes, binoculars and
heads are raised,
the first horse past the finishing post in the winner’s enclosure being washed down and
the large crowds, excitement and glamour of the flat and jump festivals throughout the
with debonair top hat and tails and stylish dresses with hats, a dress code to which
many racegoers adhere.
The groundsmen levelling brown birch hurdles and replacing circular divots in the oval
track’s manicured grass,
the multicoloured twisted braid and bright circular numbered racecourse badge of an
annual member’s pass,
the bustle of a crowded betting ring, watching a race develop across the course,
the sport of kings you loved so dear,
whenever I see a meeting or hear the distinctive commentary of horse racing,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
In loving memory of Justin Farthing 1929 – 2018
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