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L'Ormarins Queens Plate 2017

2017 represented the 156th Queen’s Plate. It has been sponsored by Drakenstein Stud Farm and Anthonij Rupert Wyne since 2005, and this years event was one of wonderful style, presence, great racing and a stunning day out.
People came to be seen, to see some of the best South African horse racing, and some of the most exciting horses, jockeys and owners.
The Queens Plate was
race first run in 1861 and the prize back then was a silver plate donated by Queen Victoria, and five hundred sovereigns.
The names of the horses, jockeys and owners have been immortalised in great style, in a remarkable display in the Kenilworth race course building and a restaurant called Hero's in Hartfield Village, some 500m from Kenilworth Racecourse.
The last few years have seen the event grow into an exceptional day, and more recently, the winning horses of The Paddocks Stakes and The Queens Plate have been given free entrance to The Breeders Cup in the USA.

As a photographer, there is so much to point a camera and lens at, to watch and observe and to put together a small gallery of the day.

These are a few moments of The L'Ormarins Queens Plate from behind my lens

The HistoryThis was the 156th running of the Queens Plate, and a team of dedicated people lead by Charles Faull had spent thousands of hours painstakingly finding stories and photographs and editing them to make a series of boards telling the story of South Africa's most sumptuous Race Day.
The LQP seatThe 3 letters L Q P are the place to be seen, photographed and to have fun.
The Ultimate PrizeAnd the winner of The L'Ormarins Queens Plate for the second time in a row - Legal Eagle, a testament to the breeder - Avontuur Stud, the trainer Sean Tarry, the jockey - Anton Marcus and the owners Mayfair Speculators
fashionElegance and style were everywhere, and always in the L'Ormarins dresscode - the blue and white
#Selfie #LQP2017Smiles, laughter and hashtags
Picnics and intimacyThe Queens Plate is about horses, fashion, great wine and good food and time together with your friends and loved ones.
Jono Snaith and Bela BelaJono is part of the Snaith Racing team and stands there with the victorious wonderful Bela Bela who had just won the Chance Paddocks Stakes for them
Cantering downThe filly steadily canter towards the start of the race up before the Paddock Stakes, sponsored by Maine Chance Farms
Watching in the parade ringPrior to the race, the athletes are paraded around to those who want to see a potential historic story in the making or just choose which horse looks the best to place a few Rand on.
Cantering in the windI just liked this for the hair from human and beast being blown across the frame
In front of the Parade Ring"You and me in our wonderful fascinators at the L'Ormains Queens Plate"
Behind the QLooking through the Q of LQP at the couples, friends and photographers all enjoying the day
Selfie / Social MediaEverywhere you looked, people were proudly sharing their fun and faces at The L'Ormarins Queens Plate.
Winner for L'Ormarins Mrs RupertJockey RIchard Fourie wins on TRIPPI'S GIRL, trained by Glen Kotzen, for Mrs G Rupert