Queen’s Plate Tickets On Sale

L’Ormarins has been the proud host of South Africa’s premier horse racing weight-for-age mile race, the Queen’s Plate, since 2006 and the estate’s passion and enthusiasm has seen it grow from a one-day event into a sumptuous two-day racing festival. With its classic blue-and-white theme, the 2020 event takes place at Cape Town’s Kenilworth Race Course on January 9-10. Voted one of the best racing experiences in the world, the 18-race card is complemented by the best in local wine and cuisine and great entertainment.

The 2020 LQP Festival officially gets under way at midday on the Friday with an 8-race card, tote facilities, a summery soundtrack of all-day jazz all taking place in an elegant garden party atmosphere. Saturday’s proceedings include a 10-race card including the prestigious Queen’s Plate, capped with the famous L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate after-party. L’Ormarins and Anthonij Rupert wines will be served and local food concessionaires will be providing sustenance throughout the festival. As usual, the Franschhoek Motor Museum will be displaying a number of its world class vehicles over the two days.

As has long been the tradition, ladies and gentlemen are required to dress in a manner appropriate to the smart occasion, adhering to the dress code of blue and white. Ladies are required to dress elegantly and encouraged to wear a hat or fascinator. Stiletto heels are not recommended due to the terrain. No jeans, shorts or fancy dress are permitted. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties, cravats or a smart, open neck shirt and trousers. Linen suits and a waistcoat with the archetypal panama can also be worn. No jeans, shorts, sleeveless shirts, open shoes or fancy dress are permitted. Prizes are there to be won for the best dressed.

Tickets for general admission and the various hospitality packages are available from Computicket.