THE 150th running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will celebrate the royal history of this premier horse race with a gathering of the most noble thoroughbreds in South Africa at Kenilworth Race Course on Saturday, 8 January 2011.
Since 1861, when this race was first run in honour of Queen Victoria, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has distinguished itself as a sophisticated meeting of racing excellence, matched by the style and grace worthy of such a prestigious event.
Pocket Power’s dominance of the race for four consecutive years has earned his place as one of South Africa’s greats, alongside legends Wolf Power, Sea Cottage and Politician. This year sees his bid to equal the world record win of five successive titles, set by the 1957 born American horse, Kelso; a fitting tribute to Pocket Power’s last season and final running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. An exciting crop of newcomers will also be vying for the role of heir apparent to Pocket Power’s throne.
And it will be to an august backdrop of blue and white that the 150th race will welcome the best of South African horseracing, as elegant gowns and headdresses accentuate a theme for which prizes will be aptly awarded for the “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat”.
Professional photographers have been invited to capture the “L’Ormarins Moment” on the day with an image that accurately reflects the elegance of this occasion.
A day of fine dining in The Style Lounge will include culinary delights from sushi to gourmet burgers and sandwiches as well as a selection of the finest L’Ormarins wines. Café Caprice will bring its own blend of Cape Town chic to a dedicated venue at this year’s race, and a selection of South Africa’s leading musicians will entertain the guests until 11pm.
Admirers of further rare beauty will enjoy the classic vintage cars on display courtesy of the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
“In keeping with the history of this day and celebrating the royal theme throughout, it will be nothing other than smart fashion, delicious food and fine wine, stimulating entertainment and, of course, noble thoroughbreds,” says Kate Salt, the spokesperson for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Exclusive Corporate packages for the Café Caprice marquee are available on request. The Style Lounge tickets are available at Computicket from 1 October 2010 for those 18 and older. R250 entrance provides for an all-access pass, a race card for the day, a R20 betting voucher and access to the evening’s entertainment. Food and drink are not included. The event officially commences from 11h00.
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