As The Emperor’s Cup is one of the biggest events in Japan’s horse racing calendar, it’s not exactly surprising then that yesterday Tokyo Racecourse was absolutely packed to the gunwales with gamblers.
But despite the crowds, for many it was still a solitary affair.
and concentration, very much the order of the day.
Along with others combining betting with famous brands,
and even betting-related bonnets.
All of which, for the odd one or two, was obviously way too much.
But for first timers at least, it was a day of fun,
as well as fending off flu.
Complete with tremendous equestrian excitement.
And, for the eventual winner of the big race itself, sheer exhilaration.
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