Welcome to 2020 – L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Style

Every beginning of the year, Africa and the international jet-setters alike, descend upon Cape Town’s Kenilworth racecourse for the continent’s premier horse racing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP). In its 159th showcase this past Friday 10th and Saturday 11th January 2020, the event didn’t even flutter a hint of disappointment. Boasting its elegant and popular theme of a stylish Blue & White dress code, the event was an epitome of how to start the year on a grand social scale.

One the best highlights of the LQP is always the main race, with Vardy and jockey Craig Zackey taking the R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Grade 1) purse after treating racegoers to a thrilling showdown from a field that included the country’s 10 best horses and jockeys.

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Grade 1) R1.5 million purse winners, Vardy and jockey Craig Zackey.

Another stellar highlight, of course, went to the awarding of the style awards which found suiters in Zinzi Ntoyiwa winning the category, Best Hat; Roxy Joubert was appropriately awarded the Best Dressed Woman title; with dapper Charles Samuels taking home Best Dressed Man. 

From left to right: The winners – Best Hat, Best Dressed Woman & Best Dressed Man

“It’s such an honour and pleasure to see LQP Racing Festival grow in stature and become such a beloved event. We are thrilled with a record number of attendees this year and particularly proud of cultivating a stylish yet intimate experience for our guests. We look forward to taking the festival to even greater heights in 2021,” says LQP Coordinator, Katherine Gray.

Of course, no LQP experience is complete without a somewhat flamboyant after-party experience. This time around we were treated to the delicious sounds of DJ of the Year, DJ PH and accompanied by a lineup of DJs from Roasting’ Records, making it truly a day (and night) to remember. If you missed all the truly luxuries action, check the hashtags #LQP2020 and #LormarinsQueensPlate on social media to get a taste of what you can expect in January 2021.


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