Horse Racing

Flowing equine silhouettes outlined on Newmarket gallops softened by a dawn’s white
 gold sunrise,
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
  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 backlit by undulating wolds and grey rain clouds lit by sun’s
   golden rays.

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
 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 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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