L'Ormarins Queen's Plate 2021 to return without spectators

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  • The L'Ormarins Queen's Plate will return to Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on 8 and 9 January 2021.
  • The upcoming festival will not be a public event in line with the current pandemic protocols. 
  • According to a statement on the L'Ormarins Queens Plate website, there will still be an opportunity for spectators to dress up and win prizes from home.


South Africa's oldest and most prestigious horserace, the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate will return to Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on 8 and 9 January 2021.

However, the 2021 horseracing event will be conducted under Covid-19 protocols, with no spectators permitted on course. 

"The upcoming event will not be a public event to ensure the safety of all our attendees in line with current pandemic protocols," says a statement on the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate website. 

According to the statement, spectators will still be able to enjoy the races from their couch with announcements to follow about how viewers can dress up and win prizes from home. 

"While the coronavirus may have brought unexpected challenges, we've seen unexpected innovation, creative thinking and a renewed sense of determination and community spirit - both areas in which South Africans, and Capetonians in particular, excel.

"All these elements will be harnessed to make the 2021 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate an event to remember," says a statement from the event organisers. 

  

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