Cape Town - The date of the 155th running
of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP) - South Africa’s premier horseracing day - has been confirmed for Saturday, January 9, 2016, at
Kenilworth Racecourse, guaranteeing a magnificent start to the year’s social
LQP is once more
set to be an exhilarating day of horse racing – the day’s 12-race card will set
South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds against each other as they pursue the coveted
trophy and R1 million purse.
Stakes, sponsored by England’s
Goodwood Racecourse, meanwhile, will run for a third year, bringing
international flavour to the day’s
line up. Additionally, the Breeder’s
Cup, the biggest annual race day held in the United States, will again grant
the LQP winner automatic entrance to its Mile Division, cementing the race’s
Beyond the track,
the elegance of LQP will again be exhibited by guests dressed in the LQP
colours of blue and white as they mingle and enjoy world-class music, entertainment
and culinary offerings across a variety of hospitality marquees including the
Stud Club and Style Lounge.
Queen’s Plate has a rich history and is a defining moment in the international
horseracing calendar. Every year we strive to maintain strict standards of
elegance and leisure while building on the successes of the past. LQP 2016 will
deliver everything people have come to expect, plus a few surprises,” said
Katherine Gray, co-ordinator of LQP 2016.
As part of the
Glorious Goodwood partnership with the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the Best
Dressed Lady and a partner will be flown to the United Kingdom to race at
Glorious Goodwood in August 2016. The Best Dressed Lady embodies the blue-and-white
tradition – demonstrated this year by winner Deborah Calmeyer.
Listed by The
Telegraph in the United Kingdom in 2014 as one of the top five race days in
the world, LQP is ranked alongside other illustrious races, including the likes
of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Paris), Breeder’s Cup (California), Melbourne
Cup and Dubai World Cup.