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Start preparing your blue and white outfits as the dates for next year’s the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, when horseracing and high society converge at Kenilworth Racecourse, have been set for Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January.

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate meeting is South Africa’s oldest race day, dating back to 1861. Last year it became the country’s first multi-day racing festival in the mould of famous international racing festivals such as Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and the Kentucky Derby.

Friday will be an elegant and relaxed afternoon Garden Party, with the racing highlight being the Grade 2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes – the premier sprint race for fillies in the Western Cape.

Beyond the track, the day will also see live jazz, a Summer Harvest Table in the garden, along with bottomless complimentary L’Ormarins Brut Cap Classique and Heineken on tap. Garden Party tickets will be R500, and will additionally grant guests access to the following Saturday’s Style Lounge and all-too-famous after party later that evening.

As is tradition, the running of the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will take place on Saturday, when South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds compete for the R1.5 million purse.

Tickets for Saturday will range from the Style Lounge, priced at R350 to the Kenilworth Jazz Room at R1,500 per person, with spots such as the popular Stud Club at R1,300 and picnic style Paddock Sites at R10,000 per table.

The exclusive Garden Party, with free flowing L’Ormarins Brut, Heineken, harvest table lunch and jazz, is the perfect way to warm you up for the second day’s racing on Saturday. Limited to 500 people. At R500 your ticket will include:

  • L’Ormarins Brut.
  • Heineken Draft.
  • Harvest Table for a light, summery lunch from 1pm to 3pm.
  • A free Style Lounge ticket for racing on Saturday 6 January.
  • Live jazz.
  • Access to purchase from local bars & racing.

Find out more about the various hospitality options at  Tickets will go on sale at Computicket on 16 November 2017.


South African horseracing will be stepping into the vibrant world of Cartier with the news that the international fine jewellery company has taken over the sponsorship of the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes in 2018. The race will on Saturday 6 January, the same day as the R1.5-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

Cartier came on board as a co-sponsor of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate in 2016 and this year will also sponsor the Grade 2 Sceptre Stakes over 1200m for fillies and mares, to be run on Friday 5 January. 

They have also sponsored Grade 3 Politician Stakes for the last two years.

Now, due to the ever-increasing international allure of the event, Cartier have chosen to increase their exposure in 2018 by taking over the sponsorship of the R1-million Grade 1 race which will now be called the Cartier Paddock Stakes. The race is arguably the strongest race for fillies and mares in South Africa.

Maine Chance Farms kindly agreed to transfer the sponsorship of the race and remain committed to supporting the racing industry in South Africa. L’Ormarins thanked Maine Chance Farms for their long-standing partnership in the event.

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival is the only event sponsored by Cartier in Africa and will take place on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January 2018. Tickets go on sale for this exclusive social occasion on Thursday 16 November 2017 with prices starting at R350 for Style Lounge tickets and ranging up to R1,500 for the Kenilworth Jazz Room.



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