LOmarins Queens Plate 2018, Cape Town Lately
LOmarins Queens Plate 2018, Cape Town Lately

Queen’s Plate as popular as ever

Cape Town’s most fashionable and glamourous streamed into Kenilworth Racecourse yesterday in their elegant blue and white to be part of the 157th running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival.

The two-day event saw over 5000 attendees, including international celebrities, racing fans and socialites from around the world, once again raising the bar against which other racing and social events will be measured. It is rare to find an event that consistently delivers a tone of poise, grace and beauty as does the LQP Racing Festival.

Adding to the allure of the occasion was the excitable tension in the crowd as they awaited to see if two-time South African Horse of the Year and defending Champion Legal Eagle would make history in becoming only the second horse in the long and coveted history of the event to win the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate for a third time: opposing him was a group of the best racehorses in the country.

Off the track the Cape’s premier horseracing and social festival was impressive as ever. On the Friday guests at the Garden Party were entertained by a full jazz band entertaining beautiful guests as they sipped on bottomless L’Ormarins Brut and Heineken while enjoying a delectable harvest table of gourmet delights.

On Saturday, thousands of Cape Town’s successful and beautiful arrived in their most stylish blue and white, to be part of one of the unmissable social occasions of the year. International and local celebrities and socialites were there to be part of the fun, most notably TV and radio personalities Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha, Maps Maponyane, Tumi Voster, Cindy Nell, Liezl van der Westhuizen, Enhle Mbali Maphumulo and Leigh-Anne Williams, sport stars such as Chad le Clos, Jean-marc Johannes and Herschelle Gibbs and hip-hop artists Major League DJz.

Other stellar entertainment during the day included performances by the colourful Cape Minstrels, who opened the L’Ormarins Queens Plate race, while the vinyl DJ crew from Cape Town, Roastin’ Records, energised the after-party crowd and set the evening up perfectly for the headline act of the night, DJ p.H., who sent the crowd wild as he sent the rocking after-party towards its memorable climax.

Adding to the extraordinary occasion was hip hop super star Riky Rick, also a guest in attendance, who took to the stage and blew guests away with a surprise impromptu performance.

“We are very excited to see the immense growth and success of the LQP Festival, and already looking forward to taking the festival to even greater heights in 2019,” says Katherine Gray.

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