Lisa wins fashion prize again at Cup
IT IS often said that form is temporary and class is permanent.
Which is why it was no surprise that Lisa Wellings, from Mosman in Sydney, won the Riverlink Ipswich Cup Fashions on the Field in the ladies section on Saturday for the second time.
Her outfit was certainly the epitome of class.
Ms Wellings' stunning two-piece ensemble and headpiece was worn with style and elegance.
She had been up since 5am to prepare for the event, which was also sponsored by the QT.
Ms Wellings said she loved Ipswich, and that love was certainly reciprocated on Cup day.
"I love Fashions on the Field and I love coming up to the provincial race courses," Ms Wellings said.
"I won here a couple of years ago and I thought that might have counted against me, but they judged on the day, and that is really great.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to be coming here today, but I did and I am so glad.
"I caught up with a lot of friends and I have had a successful day.
"I love Ipswich.
"It has always been very good to me."
Ms Wellings' head piece - from Neil Grigg Millinery in Paddington, Sydney - was simply out of this world.
You could venture to a thousand race meetings and not come across a piece of such dazzling quality.
"He is a wonderful milliner and we worked together in putting this head piece together with this outfit," Ms Wellings said.
Her wine and burgundy J'Aton skirt and top were bought in Los Angeles, and she also wore black Aldo shoes.
Second place in the ladies section went to Coorparoo's Alyse-Grace Jenner, with third going to Rockhampton jockey Tracy O'Hara who missed the presentation of the finalists as she was on Stop Crying in the Queensland Times Winter Provincial Series, the fifth race on the program.
Matt Jenner won the men's section from Darrin Norwood and Steven Dimech.
Mr Jenner and Alyse-Grace Jenner took out the best couple gong.
Ms Wellings, who won a $2000 Flight Centre voucher and $1000 Riverlink voucher, put plenty of care and attention into preparing for Fashions on the Field and praised the hard work put into provincial race meetings.
"The provincial race courses put so much work into putting on these events and that is why the prizes are so good," she said.
"The sponsors want to help them to get the people to come and give their race track a lift and to lift the standard of Fashions on the Field, and I am right behind that.
"I won Derby Day at the Melbourne Cup carnival in 2012 and that was a huge event, but I would like to think that I have set a precedent for all the other women who love fashion...to help them in putting an outfit together."
Chances are that Ms Wellings will be using her Flight Centre voucher to return to Los Angeles, a city that is dear to her heart.