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Racing Guide: The 2020 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival is returning to Kenilworth Racecourse in January 2020. Here are all the details you need to know.

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The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival will be returning to Kenilworth Racecourse on 10 and 11January 2020. 

Tickets to the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival

Tickets to the 159th renewal of one of the biggest horse racing events – internationally recognised as one of the worlds best – are officially available for purchase at Computicket.

The event

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The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival. Photo: Supplied

This event is iconic and prestigious on the Cape Town calendar. It sees famous faces, jockeys and stylish guests come together for a weekend of fun and glamour, with an array of prizes to be won.

In the 2020 edition, there will be a new layout to ensure that everyone gets a front seat to the action. 

The VIP Stud Club, Paddock Sites, The Kenilworth Room and the Peninsula Jazz Room will offer a distinct racing and lifestyle experience, treating guests to an array of hospitality and entertainment options. 

There is a winner’s purse of R1.5 million. The country’s best thoroughbreds will be running in the 1600m race.

The event is renowned for its hospitality and food offerings, as well as the race for the coveted R1.5 million purse. 

Day 1 ‘Fabulous Fridays’ 

The first day will see an exclusive L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival Garden Party. There will be free-flowing bubbles, a harvest table lunch and live jazz with a fun-filled eight-strong race-card, featuring the exciting Gr.2 Sceptre Stakes and the hospitality option of The Somerset Room.

Day 2 ‘Scintillating Saturday’ 

On the second day, “The Style Village” invites you to soak up the sunshine and horseracing with a dynamic ten-strong undercard. This includes the prestigious Gr.1 Paddock Stakes and three additional graded races in equestrian entertainment. 

Race Betting

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The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival. Photo: Supplied

Totes, betting guides, betting buddies and racing information will be made available, telling you an exacta from swingers, a win from a jackpot. This will ensure all guests are able to participate, no matter their proficiency race betting.

Fashion

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival colours are their signature “Blue and White,” and guests are required to style themselves accordingly. The dress code for this event is smart and elegant. Stiletto heels are discouraged due to the terrain, though hats or fascinators are encouraged. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties, cravats or a smart, open neck shirt and trousers. The LQP reserves the right to bar access to guests who are not dressed appropriately. 

With fashion being a central part of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, there will be a Best Dressed and Best Hat competition. 

The Best Dressed Lady will win a return trip for two to London, United Kingdom. This will include a five-night hotel stay during the British summer, and two tickets to attend the L’Ormarins Luncheon at the Qatar Glorious Goodwood Racing Festival on Friday, 31st July 2020.

Partners of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival have sponsored prizes, including prizes from Cartier, L’Ormarins Brut. 

There will be fashion spotters on the ground who will be selecting and photographing potential winners. Guests shortlisted for the Best Dressed and Best Hat prize will be contacted and told where to be and at what time.

Details

Date: Friday, 10 and Saturday, 11 January 2020

Venue: Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town

Time: Friday, 10th from 12:00 – 18:00 and Saturday, 11th from 12:00 – 23:00

Address: Corner of Rosemead Avenue and Wetton Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town

Transport: Parking is available on the in-field at Kenilworth Racecourse off Wetton Road for all guests who have pre-purchased event tickets. Guests are urged to use taxi services which will be present on the day.

Ticket purchases to Cape Town’s most prestigious day at the races are limited.

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