The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is South Africa’s premier racing event and the country’s racing royalty and famous fashionistas all be came out to play this Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse. Apart from rubbing shoulders with the select elect, patrons of this elite occasion were in for some fascinating fashion, rocking rhythms, fabulous foodstuffs and glorious galloping.
Racing Aficionados suggest that this year’s field of horseflesh was the finest ever, with some big names in the line-up. Local boys Jackson and Cape Town Noir, Royal Zulu Warrior and Whiteline Fever, along with 13 other exceptional milers. Aside from the million rand purse that was up for grabs, the winners received an automatic entry into the $26 million Breeder’s Cup Mile, considered among the most prestigious horse races worldwide. The Breeders Cup takes place in America at Santa Anita during November this year.
While South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds strut their stuff in the parade ring, contenders for the sought-after titles and glamorous prizes in the style stakes were also be vying to catch the attention of the selectors and a possible spot in the Winner’s circle. Strict insistence on smart attire, in varying hues of blue and white, ensures a spectacular display on race day.
Another accolade which can was snapped up on race day was the L’Ormarins Moments photography title. Professional photographers were invited to capture and submit a series of photographs which encapsulated the style and essence of the auspicious event in order to win fame, recognition and sought-after exposure.
Fine dining and luxurious venues added to the sophistication of this genteel day out while top South African and international DJ’s brought the night alive with the hottest tracks and mixes. It’s not all fun, fashion and fast fillies at L’Ormarins though; a portion of the takings is donated to charity each year. The Montrose Foundation, which offers support to impoverished communities in the grip of poverty and substance abuse, is this year’s beneficiary.