L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE
There are 14 other horses who will attempt to dethrone Legal Eagle at the first stage of entries for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse on 7 January.
With a stake of R1.5-million the Grade One contest, the headline event as part of the inaugural two day affair that is the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival, will provide another chance for Marinaresco to see if he can reel the reigning Horse of the Year over 1600m.
The pair met over the same distance in the Green Point Stakes (Gr 2) earlier this month with Legal Eagle edging out his younger rival. The duel between the two horses has racing fans eager at the prospect of these two continuing their rivalry throughout the Summer Of Champions.
The lone three-year-old in the lineup so far, Bold Rex, will carry bottom weight of 55kg while other notable entries include Captain America, Abashiri – also holding an entry in the Grade Two Peninsula Stakes – and Vodacom Durban July winner The Conglomerate.
The Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes is also setting up to be something of a showdown with both Bela-Bela, a recent winner on her return to action, and Silver Mountain both entered for the Grade One contest over 1800m.
The blue and white theme will be carried throughout both days of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival with the Cartier Sceptre Stakes topping the bill on the opening day.
Friday’s festivities are centred around the Garden Party with the sponsor incentivising the respective women’s and men’s Best Dressed competitions. Tickets for the event are on sale here http://bit.ly/LQP2017 and Garden Party tickets also ensure access into the Style Lounge the following afternoon.
LQP 2017 – SPECTACULAR ENTERTAINMENT CONFIRMED
L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate sets the stage for the after-party of the summer
Cape Town’s biggest horse-racing event and summer soiree, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, is set to take place at Kenilworth Racecourse on Friday and Saturday, 6-7 January 2017, with a stellar line-up of off-track world-class entertainment, including SA’s top house deejay, Euphonik.
The elegant two-day horseracing festival – with its unparalleled 18-race card and distinct blue and white dress code – is a formidable combination of elegance and equine excellence, all of which will culminate in the now-famous LQP After-Party on Saturday.
Back by popular demand and having recently returned from his hugely successful African tour, Euphonik is sure to electrify the dance-floor from 9pm when he takes to the decks with his infectious hit, “It’s a fine day”, currently dominating airwaves.
“I am excited and honoured to once again form a part of the glamour and good times that LQP represents. It’s bigger and better each year and I am ready to bring my A-game – guests can expect a real musical trip that will match the festival’s on-track action,” says Euphonik.
In addition to being considered one of the world’s most prestigious horse-racing events, LQP will honor its provenance with a Cape Minstrel parade just before the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, where all eyes will be on SA’s finest thoroughbreds who will compete for the R1.5 million purse.
The LQP festival guarantees the best in South Africa’s rich horse-racing heritage, elegant fashion and entertainment and is sure to commence the Cape’s 2017 social calendar on a high note.
Not only does the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate take pride of place as one of South Africa’s biggest racedays but it’s an occasion which has gripped the imagination of the world.
An article by The Telegraph in 2014 earmarked this event, at Kenilworth Racecourse, as one of the places to be in the early part of January with the laurel as one of five must-attend racedays around the world.
But the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is not only a day for the racing purists, it’s one that sees the well-heeled converge at Kenilworth to network, rub-shoulders with the big names of the social scene and to be spotted in some of the latest in designer fashions.
One of the best things about the event this year is that it now offers two opportunities to experience the high-life with a double-header taking place on 6 and 7 January.
In total, 18 races will be run across the two days with the highlight on Friday being the Sceptre Stakes. The Saturday of course sees the running of one of South Africa’s finest Grade One contests, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Last year’s race was won by Legal Eagle with the mantle of Horse of the Year following at the end of the season. The 1600m spectacle has an honours list that reads with the who’s who of past thoroughbred champions.
Tickets for Friday’s affair in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Garden Party are extremely limited with only 500 guests, at R500 per person able to experience all that this area has to offer and it also includes access to the Style Lounge Village on the second day of the festival.
The Somerset Room and Kenilworth Jazz Room are available at R400 per person with a three-course lunch enjoyed along with sweeping views over the racecourse. On Saturday, the Somerset Room is on offer at R1 500 per person and includes access to the Style Lounge Village and after-party.
Guests will be treated to a delicious three course meal, L’Ormarins MCC and a gift bottle of Protea wine, per couple upon leaving.
As is tradition, Saturday’s festivities will include The Style Lounge (R350 per person), which provides access to the Style Lounge Village, where guests can mingle while enjoying horse racing, entertainment, fine Anthonij Rupert wines, L’Ormarins Brut, local food vendors, the after party, tote facilities and parking.
The popular Paddock Sites (R1000 per table of 10) is set along the rail in a private covered wind protected area next to the Winner’s Circle and the Chef’s Table (R5000 per person), guaranteeing a unique experience and comfort for the day.
Tickets to the Paddock Sites will include a luxurious picnic basket, filled with a variety of lunch-time treats including a selection of wines, beers, and spirits. Both these options include access to the races, the after-party as well as the Franchhoek Motor Museum and BMW displays.
Experience LQP’s first Kenilworth Jazz Room (R1,500), which will include exquisite views of the course, live jazz and access to the Style Lounge Village and after party. For more information, visit www.lqp.co.za