The L’Ormarins Queens Plate 149th Run
(Photo : L’Ormarins)
QUEEN A DAY AT THE RACES
In a ding-dong on Saturday, the Triple Horse of the Year, Pocket Power, overpowered Vodacom July hero, Big City Life in the last one hundred to record a 3/4 length success. What would you pay to witness a renewal of that clash on Queen’s Plate Day?
The prestigious and undoubtedly the most stylish event on the Cape Town racing and social calendar, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, will be run for the 149th time at Kenilworth Racecourse on January 9, 2010, for a purse of R1 million.
One of South Africa’s premier horse races over 1600m and a weight-for-age contest in line with the world’s most renowned Grade 1 events, the historic L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate was first held in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria. When she died, the race became the King’s Plate up until the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne in 1953. Today it is a chic and fashionable affair which brings the country’s finest thoroughbred horses onto centre stage and surrounds them with haute couture fashion, vintage cars and fine wines.
The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is a day steeped in elegance and punters are requested to dress in keeping with the blue and white dress code, which is carried through to the décor in the VIP village and style lounges. For ladies this means floaty, summery frocks in pearl, alabaster and ivory with large hats to shield their delicate skin from the harsh South African sun. Gentlemen don lightweight summer suits with ties in shades of sapphire, cornflower, turquoise, navy, sky, cobalt and powder blue. Effort will be rewarded with prizes for the best dressed couple who have embodied the sophistication of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
In the style lounges, guests will be accommodated in comfort and luxury in a variety of marquees, with a dazzling array of gourmet food stalls, plentiful totes for placing bets, classy wine and champagne bars, and a specially constructed deck for an uninterrupted view of their winning horse romping home. Later, as the sun dips behind the mountain and the last race is run, some of the country’s best musicians and DJs will take to the stage to entertain the crowds till late.
Like last year, car enthusiasts can look forward to a host of beautiful, classic vintage cars, which will be on display throughout the day.
Entrance to the style lounges and VIP village is R250 excluding food and drink, and tickets are available at Computicket. Access to the public area in front of the main grandstand costs R30. A wide range of delicious food and beverages will be on sale there, including picnic baskets which you can enjoy on the oak-shaded lawns.
Click the above button to go to www.lqp.co.za for more information or call Kenilworth Racecourse on 021 700 1808.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Marisa Logan, Greater Than
Telephone: 021 481 1834
Louise Porter, Greater Than
Telephone: 021 481 1834