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I moved up on the outside to pass Bold Eclipse 
when this poncy young jockey bloke puckered his lips. 
Well I kicked well away and I picked up the pace 
and a divot of turf hit him smack in the face.  

With the straight just ahead it was now time to move 
and Thong Classic sensed too he had something to prove. 
When I went for the whip the horse lengthened his stride 
and I knew I was in for one hell of a ride. 
From the stands the crowd screamed and were going berserk 
while McArthur cried, "Ride, pinkie ride you great berk." 
Then I stood in the stirrups, applying the whip, 
but a length from the finish ... I felt my foot slip. 
As I crashed to the ground I lay writhing in pain 
when a voice from the dark cried, "You're flamin' insane!" 
To my horror I saw from my back on the floor 
my poor wife on the bed looking terribly sore. 
She'd a cord in her mouth from my old dressing gown 
and was bowed in the back lying tummy side down. 
She had marks on her thigh from the welts from my belt 
while the screams I had heard were from pain she had felt. 
It took months to live down what took place on that night 
and to stave off divorce proved a flamin’ tough fight. 
I'm blacklisted from races and all TABs 
and I sleep with darn hobbles strapped round both me knees. 
Conversing with Neil McArthur at Bobby Millers Wake, we all realized we were there to 
celebrate Bobby's life, so one could not help but indulge in the larrikin spirit he was 
so famous for.  Know for his comical verses, Neil has a thing about thongs and many 
titles in his books and albums contain a thong theme.  He also loves the horses and he 
has shares in one.  We were rather amused to find one of the starters in the Melbourne 
Cup was Thong Classic.  The rest is poetic licence. 

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  1. Date: 3/4/2012 2:46:00 PM
    A worthy ending Merv,, really enjoyed again...!