Elizabeth Hurley arrives at Goodwood with poet friend Henry Birtles

Her Superman returns! Elizabeth Hurley enjoys Goodwood races with poet Henry Birtles… who she was last pictured getting cosy with in boozy NYE snaps

Elizabeth Hurley looked stunning in a plunging floral dress as she arrived at the Goodwood Festival with close friend Henry Birtles on Wednesday.

The actress, 57, was last pictured with ‘The Racing Poet’ in boozy New Year’s Eve photos, leading Henry, who was dressed as Superman at the wild party, to insist the flirty pair are ‘just friends.’

On Wednesday the friends looked relaxed in each other’s company as they strolled around the famous race course.

Party pals: Elizabeth Hurley looked stunning in a plunging floral dress as she arrived at the Goodwood Festival with close friend Henry Birtles on Wednesday

Party pals: Elizabeth Hurley looked stunning in a plunging floral dress as she arrived at the Goodwood Festival with close friend Henry Birtles on Wednesday

Liz wowed in a colourful floral print dress for her day at the races, with the plunging neckline showing off her incredible figure.

The star accessorised with a pink floral fascinator and statement square sunglasses.

Henry, 55, meanwhile was dapper in a navy suit, green shirt and blue tie as he strolled alongside Liz. 

The poet was previously pictured wrestling with the fishnet-clad star while dressed as Superman on New Year’s Eve, in Instagram snaps posted by Liz.

Old friends: The actress was pictured with Henry in boozy New Year's Eve photos, leading to Henry, who was dressed as Superman at the wild party, to insist the flirty pair are 'just friends'

Old friends: The actress was pictured with Henry in boozy New Year’s Eve photos, leading to Henry, who was dressed as Superman at the wild party, to insist the flirty pair are ‘just friends’

Shared love of racing: On Wednesday the friends looked relaxed in each other's company as they strolled around the famous race course

Shared love of racing: On Wednesday the friends looked relaxed in each other’s company as they strolled around the famous race course

Henry, a single poet and horse lover who has met the Queen, said at the time that he was a friend of Liz’s former fiancé Shane Warne, from whom she separated in 2013. 

Australian cricketer Shane died suddenly from a ‘massive heart attack’ while on holiday in Thailand in March, aged just 52. 

Henry, who is separated from his wife, told The Sun in January of his boozy night with Liz: ‘It was a laugh, OK, it was past midnight.’

Gorgeous at Goodwood: Liz wowed in a colourful floral print dress for her day at the races, with the plunging neckline showing off her incredible figure

Gorgeous at Goodwood: Liz wowed in a colourful floral print dress for her day at the races, with the plunging neckline showing off her incredible figure

Good looking pair: The star accessorised with a pink floral fascinator. Henry, 55, meanwhile was dapper in a navy suit, green shirt and blue tie as he strolled alongside Liz

Good looking pair: The star accessorised with a pink floral fascinator. Henry, 55, meanwhile was dapper in a navy suit, green shirt and blue tie as he strolled alongside Liz

Just friends: Henry, a single poet and horse lover who has met the Queen, was a close friend of Liz's former fiancé Shane Warne, from whom she separated in 2013

Just friends: Henry, a single poet and horse lover who has met the Queen, was a close friend of Liz’s former fiancé Shane Warne, from whom she separated in 2013

‘Everyone had had a bit too much to drink and we had a Superman versus Supergirl wrestle and someone took a picture. It was pretty lighthearted.’

He added of his friendship with Liz’s ex Shane Warne: ‘I was the best man at his wedding and we are just great, great old friends.’

‘And it is nothing more than that. Elizabeth has come horse-racing with me, several times. I am a friend of Shane Warne. 

Ready for some racing: Liz is a regular at Goodwood, while Henry's poems are a regular feature on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day where he recites to the crowd

Ready for some racing: Liz is a regular at Goodwood, while Henry’s poems are a regular feature on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day where he recites to the crowd

Getting on famously: Henry, who is separated from his wife, said in January of his boozy night with Liz: 'It was a laugh, OK, it was past midnight. Everyone had had a bit too much to drink'

Getting on famously: Henry, who is separated from his wife, said in January of his boozy night with Liz: ‘It was a laugh, OK, it was past midnight. Everyone had had a bit too much to drink’

Something in common: Henry said of Liz: 'Elizabeth has come horse-racing with me, several times. I am a friend of Shane Warne'

Something in common: Henry said of Liz: ‘Elizabeth has come horse-racing with me, several times. I am a friend of Shane Warne’

Explaining how he was the Austin Powers star’s friend of thirty years, he concluded: ‘This is nothing. It has all just gone a bit pear-shaped.’

Nicknamed The Racing Poet, Henry’s website reads: ‘His poems are a regular feature on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day where he recites to the crowd.’

He queued alongside Joanna Lumley to meet The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2013 and featured Liz in his video the following year for his England 2014 football World Cup poem That Time Again. 

Who is Henry Birtles?

Henry Birtles, 55, a poet and horse lover who has met the Queen, claims to be a friend of Liz’s former fiancé Shane Warne, from whom she separated in 2013.  He is separated from his wife. 

He queued alongside Joanna Lumley to meet The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2013 and featured Liz in his video the following year for his England 2014 football World Cup poem That Time Again. 

He told The Sun of his NYE encounter with Liz: ‘It was a laugh, OK, it was past midnight. Everyone had had a bit too much to drink and we had a Superman versus Supergirl wrestle and someone took a picture. It was pretty lighthearted.   

‘I was the best man at his wedding and we are just great, great old friends. And it is nothing more than that. Elizabeth has come horse-racing with me, several times. I am a friend of Shane Warne.

Claiming to be the Austin Powers star’s friend of thirty years, he concluded: ‘This is nothing. It has all just gone a bit pear-shaped.’

Nicknamed The Racing Poet, Henry’s website reads: ‘His poems are a regular feature on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day where he recites to the crowd.’

 

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