The Cape’s most prestigious horse racing event and premier calendar destination, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, will be held on the 11th of January 2014, at Kenilworth Race Course with tickets on sale at Computicket from today.
One of Cape society’s hot tickets, guests are urged to make their purchases early as the 153rd running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate features a glittering array of glamorous new additions.
For the first time ever, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2014 will feature 12 races as opposed to 10, with a new prominent internationally-sponsored race, brought to the day’s line-up by England’s Goodwood Racecourse.
England’s most cherished racing festival, Glorious Goodwood, will run its Peninsula Stakes on the card along with the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. The Breeders’ Cup, the world’s biggest annual race day held in the USA, grants permission to the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner to automatically enter its Mile Division.
With a winner’s purse of R1 million, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is South Africa’s most prestigious weight-for-age race and sees the best 16 thoroughbreds in the country run 1600m over the Kenilworth Racecourse.
Alongside the track, the unsurpassed elegance of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will manifest in an array of race-day fashions in the event’s signature blue and white dress theme with world-class entertainment and a variety of hospitality and culinary offerings making this the ideal setting for a day at the races.
As the perfect hat is always an essential compliment to a flawless outfit, Little Hattery will be sponsoring vouchers for every ticket purchased for L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2014. This entitles each ticket holder to book a consultation with a sales representative from Little Hattery, who will in turn provide assistance in finding a seemly hat for the occasion.
Once more, those in attendance can expect the annual highlights of the Best Dressed and Best Hat competitions, and L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2014 will present the first ever Best Dressed Man competition to acknowledge the most stylish gentleman of the day.
A variety of ticket options are available, starting with the premier Jockey Club ticket, valued at R2, 500, which enables access to ultra-exclusive suites and all hospitality areas, a three-course seated meal, complimentary drinks, entrance to the Jockey Club and the illustrious after party featuring top international acts and first-rate entertainment.
The Stud Club ticket, valued at R1, 200, includes entrance to the most popular hospitality marquee, featuring private bars and lounge areas, with a complimentary light lunch, L’Ormarins wines and Peroni beer served until 18:00. This ticket also includes on-site makeup artists for touch-ups during the day, and entrance into the Style Lounge Village and exclusive after party.
Two picnic packages exist, namely the R750 per head Luxury Picninc Suite, including a prime, private location, complimentary L’Ormarins wines, organic energy drinks and Peroni, with access to the after party and Style Lounge Village. The R600 per head Picnic Site ticket includes a prime location, complimentary drinks and entrance to the Style Lounge Village and after party.
The Style Lounge ticket option, valued at R250, grants access into the Style Lounge Village, access to the horse race and after party, as well as tote facilities and parking.
Presented by L’Ormarins since 2005, the Queen’s Plate is renowned for being one of the Cape’s most acclaimed social occasions, where fashion, art, a passion for equestrian excellence and the ancient winemaking skills of Antonij Rupert meet to form a premier experience.