It seemed like it was family day at Healesville on Saturday, but then every day at the races is family day for the Walker clan.
Four generations of Walkers were on hand to enjoy Hell of a Mess’s victory in race six.
Three of the six races on the card were won by three different trainer-jockey family combinations.
The Lake lads kicked things off with a race one win, jockey Toby steering Token Gesture to a comfortable win for his dad, trainer Steven Lake.
Debbie and Rebecca Waymouth do things the other way around, with Debbie riding daughter Rebecca’s runners.
They teamed up to claim the day’s feature race, the RACV Country Club Cup, with Tearaway Tommy living up to his name to win by five lengths.
The Walker women took out the final race of the day, as Dani steered Hell of a Mess to victory for mum Karen.
Dani Walker said this week their family’s racing operation went far beyond the two of them.
“Riding a winner for the family is definitely, by far, the best,” she said.
“You know all the work that goes into them. Nothing beats riding a winner for the home stable. It’s very satisfying.
“My granddad – Des Walker – had the trainer’s licence then Mum took the reins when we moved out to Devon Meadows.
“It heavily involves both of us. My husband, Mal, is a fantastic help. Mum babysits, grandma and granddad babysit. His mum comes out as well.
“It’s a really good team behind us all that have a really good crack with it.”
Walker is enjoying her first season back in the saddle since giving birth to daughter Zoey, and has been in good form too, returning five wins from her 24 starts.
More than anything, she said she was grateful to get the chance to ride again.
“I want to thank everybody who’s put me on this season,” she said.
“There’s a very capable batch of young riders coming through and I really wasn’t certain how many rides I’d get.
“I’ve been really fortunate to get some good support. They’ve been good enough to put me on and it’s given me a great boost to this season.”
In other action at Healesville, “Razor” Ray Douglas took out race four on Murphy’s Corner for Allan Douch, but might have confused a few in the crowd.
Douglas was wearing Reece Goodwin’s breeches.
The picnic circuit heads for the hills this weekend for the annual Buchan Cup on Saturday.