LOOKING GOOD: Three generations show off their winning fashions at yesterday’s Iris Nielsen ladies race day at Ballina. From left: Lisa Carroll of Mcleans Ridges, her mum Kerry King of Suffolk Park, and her daughter Saatchi Carroll.
LOOKING GOOD: Three generations show off their winning fashions at yesterday’s Iris Nielsen ladies race day at Ballina. From left: Lisa Carroll of Mcleans Ridges, her mum Kerry King of Suffolk Park, and her daughter Saatchi Carroll. Doug Eaton

Definitely no jeans, but the genes probably helped

THERE were three generations of grinning ladies at yesterday's Iris Nielsen race day, held in memory of the great woman at the Ballina Jockey club.

Billed as a family-friendly day out, it proved just that after Lisa Carroll of McLeans Ridges, her daughter Saatchi and Lisa's mum Kerry King of Suffolk Park dressed up to take part in the festivities for the first time.

And what a grand idea that was, with Lisa, 45, winning 'Best Dressed' and 'Best Headwear' and her mum named runner-up.

"We did it for the young girls, really, said Lisa, referring to Saatchi, 12, and her step-daughter Emily, 16.

"We came along to have a look at everyone else and to be a part of fashions on the field."

The three generations primped themselves prior to the races, each doing the other's nails and hair.

"It was so lovely for us to dress up and feel pretty. It was a day just to be together," reflected Lisa.

Lisa's hat and fascinator came from the House of Windsor in Brisbane, while Kerry's came from Suffolk Park artist Wendy Taylor. Saatchi's was hand-made by her mum.

And the secret to their youthful good looks?

Simple: Keeping busy and active, enjoying life and loving their family.

The Iris Nielsen day was held to remember the pioneer female jockey who rode more than 200 winners during her career.



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