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Start preparing your blue and white outfits as the dates for next year’s the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, when horseracing and high society converge at Kenilworth Racecourse, have been set for Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January.

The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate meeting is the South Africa’s oldest race day, dating back to 1861. Last year it became the country’s first multi-day racing festival in the mould of famous international racing festivals such as Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and the Kentucky Derby.

Friday will be an elegant and relaxed afternoon Garden Party, with the racing highlight being the Grade 2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes – the premier sprint race for fillies in the Western Cape.

Beyond the track, the day will also see live jazz, a Summer Harvest Table under the trees, along with bottomless complimentary L’Ormarins Brut Cap Classique and Heineken on tap.

Garden Party tickets will be R500, and will additionally grant guests access to the following Saturday’s Style Lounge and all-too-famous after party later that evening.

As is tradition, the running of the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will take place on Saturday, when South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds compete for the R1.5 million purse.

Tickets for Saturday will range from the Style Lounge, priced at R350 to the Kenilworth Jazz Room at R1,500 per person, with spots such as the popular Stud Club at R1,300 and picnic style Paddock Sites at R10,000 per table.

The exclusive Garden Party, with free flowing L’Ormarins Brut, Heineken, harvest table lunch and jazz, is the perfect way to warm you up for the second day’s racing on Saturday. Limited to 500 people. At R500 your ticket will include:

  • L’Ormarins Brut.
  • Heineken Draft.
  • Harvest Table for a light, summery lunch from 1pm to 3pm.
  • A free Style Lounge ticket for racing on Saturday 6 January.
  • Live jazz.
  • Access to purchase from local bars & racing.

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Tickets will go on sale at Computicket on 16 November 2017.