Cape Town - There are 14 other horses who will attempt to
dethrone Legal Eagle at the first stage of entries for the L’Ormarins Queen’s
Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, January 7.
With a stake of R1.5 million the Grade 1 contest, the headline event as
part of the inaugural two-day affair that is the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
Festival, will provide another chance for Marinaresco to see if he can reel the
reigning Horse of the Year over 1 600m.
The pair met over the same distance in the Green Point Stakes (Gr 2) earlier
this month with Legal Eagle edging out his younger rival.
The duel between the
two horses has racing fans eager at the prospect of these two continuing their
rivalry throughout the Summer Of Champions.
The lone three-year-old in the line-up so far, Bold Rex, will carry bottom
weight of 55kg while other notable entries include Captain America, Abashiri -
also holding an entry in the Grade 2 Peninsula Stakes - and Vodacom Durban
July winner, The Conglomerate.
The Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes is also setting up to be something of a
showdown with both Bela-Bela, a recent winner on her return to action, and
Silver Mountain both entered for the Grade One contest over 1 800m.
The blue and white theme will be carried throughout both days of the L’Ormarins
Queen’s Plate Festival with the Cartier Sceptre Stakes topping the bill on the
Friday’s festivities are centred around the Garden Party with the sponsor
incentivising the respective women’s and men’s Best Dressed competitions.
Tickets for the event are on sale HERE and Garden Party tickets also ensure access into the Style Lounge the following