L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP), at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, January 2017

Just as the world begins to recover from ringing in 2017, South Africa is holding its largest horse racing festival, the 156th L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP), at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, on January 6th and 7th (Friday and Saturday). Due to the festival’s development and increasing popularity with both the local and international guests and personalities in recent years, this race will span across two days with an unmatched card of 18 races. L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will be the first racing event to become a multi-day event in South Africa. It is also poised to be the largest edition of this race to date. LQP is the highlight of Cape Town’s social calendar and is South Africa’s finest event to enjoy exquisite food, wine, and entertainment.

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate two-day high profile racing event, sponsored by Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Franschhoek Motor Museum, and Drakenstein Stud Farm since 2005, is heavily steeped in tradition and prestige. It is the oldest horse racing event with global significance in South Africa.

The racing event was first held in 1861 in honor of Queen Victoria. In 1861, the prize was 500 sovereign gold coins and a silver plate that had been donated by Queen Victoria. To date, the LQP has witnessed 154 champions. After her death, the reigns of Edward VII and George VI came to follow, and the race became the King’s Plate during those years.

 

See the 2016 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Gallery here

 

Once Queen Elizabeth II rose to the throne, the race returned to its original name in 1953. Even in the present day, Queen Elizabeth maintains a keen interest in the race and its outcome. Every year, she is represented by the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Dame Nicola Brewer.

The 156th L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has included an additional day in 2017 to the line-up of the event which will take place on Friday and Saturday (January 6th-7th) at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. It is poised to be a thrilling day of horse racing as the 18 races will place South Africa’s world-class thoroughbreds against one another as they all pursue the highly coveted trophy and the R1 million purse on Saturday.

Off the track, the race’s elegance will be on display by spectators and guests in the traditional theme colors of blue and white while they mingle among some of South Africa’s well-known personalities and enjoy the high-quality music, entertainment, and culinary samplings in numerous venues including the Stud Club and Style Lounge. On Friday, the Luncheon and Garden Party will also be open for all ladies to attend until the last race that day has finished.

 

This event was listed by The Telegraph, in the United Kingdom in 2014, as one of the top five days of horse racing in the world. L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is ranked alongside other world class races including the Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe (Paris), the Breeder’s Cup (California), Melbourne Cup (Australia), and the Dubai World Cup (Dubai).

Dress Code

There is a dress code that must be followed for this first-class event. If a guest is found to be in noncompliance with the dress code, they may be asked to leave the premises. They will also be ineligible for the Best Dressed competition that is held every year at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate racing event. Both ladies and gentlemen are encouraged to dress elegantly and smartly in the colors of blue and white for the occasion. Women should dress smartly and are invited to wear a hat or fascinator comb or clip. Jeans, shorts, or dressy attire are not permitted.

Gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties, cravats or a professional, open neck shirt with trousers. Linen suits and a waist coast with a Panama may also be worn. Similarly, to the ladies, jeans, shorts, sleeveless shirts, open shoes, or fancy attire are not permitted.

Best Dressed and Best Hat

As one of the highest profile and prestigiously stylish events on the Cape Town’s social event calendar, all guests are required to comply with the blue and white dress code. Only ladies and gentlemen who are appropriately dressed will be eligible to participate in the L’Ormarins Best Dressed and Best Hat competition.

 

 

The highly sought-after prize for the Best Dressed Lady is a trip for two to London, United Kingdom. The winner and a partner will enjoy a lavish five-night stay at a hotel during the British summer, return flights from South Africa to London, and also two exclusive tickets to attend the L’Ormarins Luncheon at Glorious Goodwood in the summer of 2017. The winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition will also be part of the judging of the Best Dressed competition in 2018.

Restrictions

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate racing event is restricted to individuals 18 years old and up due to the nature of the event.

Food and Beverages

A variety of food and beverages, such as culinary samplers and wine, will be for sale during the event.

Parking

There will be parking available at the in-field of Kenilworth Racecourse off Wetton Road for all guests that purchased event tickets before the event. All guests are encouraged to use the taxi services which will be available throughout the event.

 

Entertainment

As the races conclude for the day, the entertainment will begin at the Style Lounge as the official after party kicks off with the help of local DJ’s.

 

 

 

About The Sponsors

DRAKENSTEIN STUD FARM

Drakenstein Stud Farm is built upon the wine farm estate, L’Ormarins, on the lower slopes of the Groot Drakenstein mountain range. Huguenot Jean Roi fled France in 1688 and settled in the Franschhoek Valley where he established the L’Ormarins wine farm. In the present day, this is the home of Drakenstein Stud Farm where their paddocks and the wine estate’s vineyards stand side by side. The wine estate’s vines expand across the upper slopes, and the horses occupy the lower slopes. Drakenstein Stud currently stands seven of the most elite stallions at stud in South Africa: Philanthropist, Trippi, What a Winter, Legislate, Duke of Marmalade, Kingsbarns, and Futura.

FRANSCHHOEK MOTOR MUSEUM 

Another sponsor for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is Franschhoek Motor Museum. Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to review more than 100 years of motor history with its one of a kind and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and memorabilia. Across all of Southern Africa, this museum is the only place that can adequately cover the evolution and history of the automobile.

ANTHONIJ RUPERT WYNE 

Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the wine farm, L’Ormarins, in Franschhoek valley. The late Anthonij Rupert formerly owned it. After he passed away in 2001, the farm was taken over by his brother, Johann Rupert, in 2003. They then named the brand after Anthonij Rupert. Johann Rupert built the world class winemaking facility which catapulted the farm into a highly prestigious wine estate. This development led to the beginnings of the expansive enterprise that L’Ormarins is today.

The brand consists of an impressive list of farms that represent the elite in grape producing locations. This portfolio consists of L’Ormarins (Franschhoek), Rooderust (Darling), Riebeeksriver (Swartland), and Altima (Elandskloof). Each location offers optimal varieties of growing conditions which allow Anthonij Rupert Wyne to comply with the requirements of their various brands as well as offer some of the finest wines.

 

LQP Race Winners History

 
Date Race Grade Distance Grading Winner
January 7, 2017 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Legal Eagle 
January 9, 2016 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Legal Eagle
January 10, 2015 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Futura
January 11, 2014 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Capetown Noir
January 12, 2013 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Variety Club
January 7, 2012 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Gimmethegreelight
January 8, 2011 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Mother Russia
January 9, 2010 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Pocket Power
January 10, 2009 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Pocket Power
December 29, 2007 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Pocket Power
December 30, 2006 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Pocket Power
January 1, 2006 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Winter Solstice
January 1, 2005 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Winter Solstice
March 13, 2004 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Yard-arm
December 28, 2002 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Free My Heart
December 29, 2001 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Trademark
December 30, 2000 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Free my Heart
January 2, 2000 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Jet Master
January 2, 1999 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Jet Master
January 3, 1998 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Divine Force
January 4, 1997 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good London News
December 30, 1995 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Counter Action
December 31, 1994 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Crimson Waves
January 1, 1994 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Take A Walk (nz)
January 2, 1993 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Empress Club (arg)
December 28, 1991 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good I’m Taking It
December 29, 1990 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Flaming Rock (ire)
December 30, 1989 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Wainui
December 31, 1988 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Yardmaster
December 26, 1987 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Mark Anthony
December 28, 1985 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Yamani
December 29, 1984 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Spanish Pool (gb)
January 2, 1984 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Wolf Power
January 1, 1983 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Wolf Power
January 1, 1982 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Foveros (gb)
February 28, 1981 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Quarrytown
February 23, 1980 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Over The Sir
February 24, 1979 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Politician
February 18, 1978 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Politician
February 19, 1977 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Bold Monarch (nz)
January 21, 1976 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Sledgerhammer (nz)
February 15, 1975 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Sledgerhammer (nz)
February 16, 1974 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Sword Dancer
January 17, 1973 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Yataghan
January 19, 1972 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good In Full Flight
January 27, 1971 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Chichester
January 1, 1970 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Chichester
January 1, 1969 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good William Penn
January 1, 1968 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Peter Beware
January 2, 1967 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Sea Cottage
January 1, 1966 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Sea Cottage
January 1, 1965 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Fair Mountain
January 1, 1964 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Roderick
January 1, 1963 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Time To Shine
January 1, 1962 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Inverthorn
January 21, 1961 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Appeal Court
January 1, 1960 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Muscovite
January 1, 1959 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Royal Affair
January 1, 1958 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Fair Weather
December 1, 1956 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Congenial
November 26, 1955 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Revelation
November 27, 1954 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Laddie
October 24, 1953 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Rialto
October 25, 1952 Queen’s Plate 1 1600 Good Top Secret
October 27, 1951 King’s Plate 1 1600 Good Black Cap (ire)
October 28, 1950 King’s Plate 1 1600 Good Black Cap (ire)
October 29, 1949 King’s Plate 1 1600 Good Top Secret
October 30, 1948 King’s Plate 1 1600 Good Convalesce

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