Braving the cold, the self-styled “Kinsale Mares Maidens” posted their exploits in the scenic town of Kinsale on YouTube.
One was even sporting Union Jack briefs, no doubt in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.
“We are not amused,” might have been the monarch’s comment if the lassies had done the same thing at the Epsom Derby.
However, the people of Kinsale are “quite amused” by the escapade, which occurred last weekend.
The four British women were in Kinsale for a hen party and, prior to their piece of exhibitionism, had ironically inquired about the criteria for the “Best Dressed Lady” competition.
Mary Egan and Patricia Tyson, who co-organises that event, said it certainly was a first for the race meeting. Some years ago, a few young men had streaked at the meeting, but up to now there had never been any reports of women getting their kit off.
“I don’t think that, under our rules, they’d have quite qualified for that competition,” said Mary. “It happened last Saturday evening when people were moving fences for the following day’s races. I think it certainly lifted their spirits. It was a light-hearted thing, just a bit of fun.”
She said the women in question, all believed to be in their 20s, landed in mud on what was a very wet and cold evening. Patricia added, somewhat tongue in cheek, that the organisers might discuss having “a best undressed ladies competition” next season.
“It would probably increase the number of people attending the event,” she said. “We could have a special category for them.”
The organisers did, however, admit it was probably just as well the fillies chose the Saturday meeting to go topless. “It wouldn’t have been a good idea on the Sunday as that’s traditionally a big family day out,” Patricia said.