The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate was first run in 1861 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, cementing itself as one of the most distinguished royal events on the racing calendar. 150 years on, it still maintains a style and sophistication that is synonymous with its history, and is the gathering place of some of South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds.
It will be held at Cape Town’s Kenilworth Race Course on 8 January 2011. Racing enthusiasts will have the opportunity to witness Pocket Power enter the start gates for his fifth and final run of the race and season. Having dominated the race for four consecutive years, Pocket Power has earned his place as one of South Africa’s greats, alongside legends Wolf Power, Sea Cottage and Politician. An exciting crop of newcomers will also be vying for the role of heir apparent to the dynamic horse’s throne.
Set against a noble backdrop of blue and white, the very best in South African horseracing will grace the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. Elegant gowns and headdresses will accentuate the race’s fashionable theme, and professional photographers have been invited to capture the “L’Ormarins Moment” of the day with an image that accurately reflects the elegance of this occasion.
Attendees can also enjoy the best in fine dining at The Style Lounge, which 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 23:00.
“In keeping with the history of this day and celebrating the royal theme throughout, it will be nothing other than elegant fashion, delicious food and fine wine, stimulating entertainment and, of course, the finest 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 at 11:00.
Visit www.lqp.co.za or contact Louise Porter of Greater Than on +27 (021) 481 1834 for more information.