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Royal Ascot

Ladies dress up, looking their best
Pretty clothes carefully chosen to impress

Perfumed and pretty the ladies in high heels
Their menfolk  look keen and prepare to do deals

It’s Ladies Day, at Ascot,  an important event
For spending one’s money and not paying the rent

The crowd bubbles and cheers with tipsy excitement
And champagne overflows with the toffs and the titled

The royals parade for the eager crowd
Top hats lifted and cheering out loud.

The fine horses parade jogging proudly around
Whilst trainers give jockeys instructions out loud

Bookmakers sing out the odds for the punters
Whilst tic tac men send secret codes to their funders

Favourites are picked for substantial bets
Whilst outsiders are chosen by those with large debts
The stalls are opened and the horses surge out
Whips crack, and the jockeys yell curses to their mounts

The favourite pushes through almost effortlessly
And the no hopers go backwards for all to see

The favourite is a winner just by a nod
And the crowd cheers and eagerly collect their huge wads

For the beaten it is a day to try to forget
And the losing tickets flutter down with regret

The racegoers journey back home, fortunes spent
Whilst their ladies plan for next year’s event

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  1. Date: 2/22/2014 4:53:00 PM

    I went to a horse race a long time ago but I am sure it was nothing like this one. Yours described here sounds very English. In america, the crowd is sitting in stands wearing very casual clothes. this one impresses me of a much more elegant occasion.

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 7:47:00 AM

    - A nice picture, we have not so in Norway. - Well written, Linda. - Hope your day will be beautiful. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 11:55:00 PM

    Very descriptive poem about Ascot and horse racing. It's pretty much the same here in the United States as well.