Shady lady at the Curragh Races

It was a racy outing of a different sort at the Curragh last Sunday for blockbusting novelist EL James.

It was a racy outing of a different sort at the Curragh last Sunday for blockbusting novelist EL James.

The English writer shot to fame over the last year as the author of the risque ‘Shades of Grey’ series of erotic literature.

She accepted an invitation to present the trophy to the winning owner of the inaugural Irish field Grey Horse Handicap. Sunday marked the first time a race was been run in Ireland exclusively for grey horses.

Ms James told a national radio station that she accepted the invitation because it seemed like a fun day out. She visited the Curragh with her husband Niall, and happily signed books and posed for pictures with racegoers.

The race was won by Susiescot owned by Paul Newman, trained on the Curragh by former Kildare footballer Willie McCreery and ridden by Leigh Roche.

Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, said, “We were delighted to have EL James at the Curragh. She does very few public appearances so we were privileged that she accepted our invitation. We hope the Grey race will become an annual event and we have already invited her to return next year.”

The Leinster Leader gave away 10 pairs of tickets to the race day to readers last week. The winners were: Claire Ryan, Newbridge; Noeleen Brady, via email; Sharon Farrel, via email; Fidelma Farrell, Two Mile House; Carmel Quille, Newbridge; Teresa Conroy, Rathangan; Bridget Casey, Prosperous; John O’Brien, Johnstownbridge and Kathleen Eager, Blessington.