Flowing equine silhouettes outlined on Newmarket gallops
softened by dawn’s white gold sunrise,
the wide road bordered with immaculate hedging and white pole
railings under cloudless cornflower blue skies,
milling horses walk in circles waiting to be loaded by handlers,
the metallic clang of the starting gate,
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 evening before,
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 winters day,
the scenic course and rails showcase undulating wolds and
ponderous rain clouds lit by sun’s golden rays.
As the sprung orange starting tape across the course recedes,
binoculars and heads are raised,
the first horse past the finishing post in the winner’s enclosure
being washed down and happily praised,
the large crowds, excitement and glamour of the flat and jump
festivals throughout the racing year,
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 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 commentary of horse racing,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
Beloved Father Justin Farthing 1929 – 2017
© Poppyland Poet
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