L O'marins Queens plate kicks off in style

By  | Dec 06, 2018, 01:46 AM

The 2014 social calender kicked off in style this past weekend when SA's A-list fashionistas and celebrities all descended in Cape Town for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

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With horseracing in full swing, South Africa’s top 16 thoroughbreds came together at Kenilworth Racecourse in The Mother City on Saturday for the country’s leading weight-for-age horse race, in pursuit of the R1 million purse, which was eventually snapped up by the winning horse, Cape Town Noir.

Running in its 153rd year, The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate  has become the most popular event on Cape Town’s summer social calendar, with gentlemen and ladies all dressed up in blue and white fashion each year – ahead of the annual J&B Met event. This year's J&B Met event takes place on Saturday 1 February.

Celebrity judges this year included fashion designers Malcolm Klûk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit (KLûK CGDT founders and designers), who presided over the traditional Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competitions, in addition to the first ever Best Dressed Man contest. This year’s coveted accolades went to model and TV presenter Cindy Nell-Roberts, fashion blogger Kim Gray as well actor and comedian Siv Ngesi respectively.

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A host of celebrities were spotted on the day lurking around the  racecourse, including models Tracy McGregor, Lee-Ann van der Walt and Lyndall Jarvis, surfing champ Jordy Smith, Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling, surfer Roxy Louw, radio DJ and TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen, actor Tumisho Masha, TV presenter Trevor Gumbi, actress Natalie Becker,  Top Billing hunk Janez Vermeiren,  as well as Bravo! TV presenter, Tracey Lange

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The celebrities  mingled in style in the legendary Stud Club marquee – where all the VIPs were spotted mingling and enjoying betting on the horses - before joining fellow race goers on the dance floor after the race for an exhilarating electronic dance party led by popular local DJs Fresh and Euphonik and glamorous UK queen of dance, DJ Lora.

Article by Clayton Morar.