Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Marisa wins race double in the style stakes

Marisa Cheah from Fermanagh
Marisa Cheah from Fermanagh

Two visits to the racecourse resulted in two best-dressed competition wins for a young medical student.

Even the bookies would respect those kinds of odds, as Marisa Cheah pulled off a stunning win at the Darley Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday.

Marisa (23), from Fermanagh, qualified for the 'Best of the Best Dressed' competition after initially winning at Leopardstown in December.

Sixteen ladies who won Best Dressed competitions at racecourses over the last 12 months battled it out to win the Bollinger Ultimate Ladies' Day title.

"Today is only the second time that I've been racing so I can't believe that I've won," said Marisa, whose parents, Verna and Shen, watched her presentation in the winners' enclosure.

Marisa took no risks with her outfit and after spotting a Tempest Hunter cream satin and lace corset dress, she ordered it in two sizes from London to make sure she had the right fit.

Her pencil dress worked perfectly with her navy Grainne Maher hat, a rental from Blush on Ormeau Road, while her navy clutch and matching peep-toe sandals were from Cilento in Strabane.

Marisa bagged the prize of a case of pink bubbly and a weekend at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney.

Meanwhile, the ladies attending the Darley Oaks got an opportunity to enter another best-dressed event, this time sponsored by local business, Michael Murphy.

This was won by Carol Kennelly, who turned heads in her 1950s-inspired, off-the-shoulder top, matching long Capri pants and a tilted hat she made with a striped disc and cream orchids.

The mother-of-two from Tralee, Co Kerry, last won a best dressed competition in Galway in 2008 and has since become a milliner.

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