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Winter at the racecourse, a poem

The days are short, the nights are long

Yet one thought keeps me sane and strong

The knowledge that I will be back

On a wintry racecourse packed with joyful ‘craic’


Travelling to winter meetings, the bells are jingling

I barely notice their tune, as my spine is tingling

Studying the form as the train wends its way

Closer to my temple, my palace for the day


I strike up conversation with some lovely couples

Eagerly awaiting their meals and bubbles

They invite me to share their cabs to the track

I pay my share, thankful that they’ve covered my back


I place my bets, then watch the horses canter down to the start

With the jockeys on board, I’m in awe of their skill and heart

The buzz is palpable, inside my blood is pumping harder

This thrilling state remains,  my are eyes transfixed on the starter


The atmosphere’s electric, the conversations are intense

Discussing everything from festive plans to that last race fall at a fence

The smiles are omnipresent, the crowd is full of good cheer

Responsibly behaving, respecting others at this special time of year


I usually back two winners or three, which always enhances my raceday

Occasionally I don’t gain a penny, yet it’s still amazing to play

Through the variety of sixty racecourses that entertain us so royally in Britain

Try your local track in winter, with its uniqueness you’ll be forever smitten


I love seeing sundown at Sandown or dark at Haydock Park

After a quality day’s racing, worth waking up with the lark

Wrapping up warm for home whilst this view I’m embracing

With my heartfelt thanks for festive horse racing



About the Author

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Greetings! I am James (known as Jay), a Scouser aged 47 from Kirkby in Liverpool.

I live with Angie, my girlfriend of 25 years.

I am extremely passionate about two sports - football and horseracing. I am a season ticket holder at my beloved Everton Football Club. Until the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I had not missed a competitive match for Everton - home, away or in Europe - for 22 years, and Angie is a regular away match attendee too.

Also on on my 'bucket list' is to attend a race meeting at all 61 current UK racecourses. The most recent visit was to Kempton's all-weather meeting in August - that was racecourse number 42 clocked up!