Kenilworth Racing Events

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse

(021) 700 1600
Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosemead Avenue, Cape Town

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse

Don your blue and white for one of the most high-profile highlights of the horse racing calendar!

While we may be halfway through the horse-racing season in Cape Town, the much-anticipated 156th L’Ormarins Queen's Plate is the first prestigious equestrian event of 2017. And where better to kick off the new year than at this exclusive affair that marries high fashion and high stakes at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 January 2017.  

Rated as one of the world’s top five horse-racing events by The Telegraph in Britain, this internationally recognised and locally renowned event is one of the most established equestrian to-dos on the globe’s calendar.  This year's event features a double header with the Sceptre Stakes and Jamaica Handicap taking place on Friday, and the L'Omarins Queen's Plate race happening on Saturday.


This illustrious racing weekend offers up an assortment of lavish entertainment to accompany the thunder of horse hooves round the green, including haute couture competitions, a killer after-party and an afternoon filled with shoulder-rubbing with celebs and schmoozing.

So, aside from watching muscular chestnuts and dapple greys vie against each other for the right to run in the American Breeders’ Cup – it’s the biggest race day in the USA – attendees can look forward to lots of glamorous fun in the sun.


AN ELITE AFFAIR: As one of the premier events on the January calendar, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate attracts the equestrian elite and South African celebs. So apart from watching your choice horse gallop down the track, you can spot your favourite personality, strut around the green and see the who’s who of Mzansi’s socialites at this regal affair.

HORSE RACING: Enthusiasts will witness the best weight-for-age thoroughbreds and jockeys compete in 10 races during the day, with the main event rewarding its winner with a handsome purse of R1 million and a coveted trophy. The Sceptre Stakes and Jamaica Handicap, taking place the day before the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, will feature eight races with a final purse of R400 000.

BEST-DRESSED CONTEST: Apart from demanding that the nation’s most majestic beasts strut their stuff down the track, this haute couture event requires attendees to put their best fashion foot forward as well – no jeans, shorts or fancy dress is permitted. The dress code is, as always, strictly white and blue. Fashion scouts will scour the crowds for ladies and gents who exude timeless elegance in their outfits and for those sporting the best looking hat. Amazing prizes are up for grabs; for more information visit



Gates and hospitality venues open

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Moments Competition starts


Race 1 


Race 2 


Race 3 


Race 4 


Race 5


Best Dressed and Best Hat Nominees gather for final judging


Race 6 


Best Dressed and Best Hat Competition Presentation


Race 7


Race 8


Race 9: L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 1600M


Race 10


Race 11


Race 12

7pm – 11pm

Queen’s Plate afterparty


Hospitality closes
(except the Stud Club bar, which remains open to all guests in the Style Lounge Village until 11pm)


Event closes


Tickets will be available via and Computicket outlets from November 2016, so be sure to look out for it then.

The gates to the Kenilworth Race Course open at 11am. For more information, phone +27 (0)21 700 1600.

Do note that strictly no under-18s will be permitted to enter the venue. Attendees are required to adhere to the strict dress code and no other colours, fancy dress, open shoes, shorts or jeans will be allowed; the right of admission is reserved.

Have a squiz at our overview of upcoming horse racing events taking place at Kenilworth Racecourse.

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