The Cape's most prestigious horse racing event and one of South Africa's most important calendar affairs, the L'Ormarins Queen’s Plate will be held at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town on January 12, 2013, with equestrian contenders competing for the R1-million purse and race-goers looking to land best-dressed honours.
It was 1861 when the legendary Queen's Plate race first thundered on African soil, with a prize of a silver plate and 500 sovereigns donated to the winner by Queen Victoria. The race signalled a meeting of racing excellence, style and grace that has continued unsurpassed in the history of South African horse racing.
South Africa's prestigious weight-for-age race sees the best 16 thoroughbred horses in South Africa accepted according to their merit ratings.
The running of the 2013 L'Ormarins Queens Plate will see a new star born over the classic mile race with 2012 Equus Champion, Variety Club, starting as favourite with likely challenger being 2012 Durban July favourite, Jackson
Sponsored by L'Ormarins since 2005, the Queen's Plate is also one of the Cape's acclaimed social gatherings where art and passion are captured not only in equestrian endeavors but also in the ancient winemaking skills displayed in Antonij Rupert Wines as well as a collection of classic, rare Mercedes-Benz cars on display courtesy of the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
An elegance of occasion, meanwhile, is reflected in royal blue and white race day fashions, world-class entertainment and a variety of hospitality and culinary offerings which suggest the perfect place to share good wine with friends, enjoy the races and dance the night away.
An annual highlight is always the late afternoon announcement of the Best Dressed and Best Hat competitions with judging by some of South Africa’s top fashion designers and media personalities.
After the dust has settled, wagers have been won & lost and the sun begins to set over Kenilworth Racecourse, the best of South African DJs - Fresh and the Wedding DJs - take to the stage at the L’Ormarins Style Lounge to play into the night as a fitting end to an eventful day at the races.
L'Ormarins Queen’s Plate, 11am-11pm, January 12, 2013, Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town. Limited tickets to hospitality areas are available at Computicket.