Horsing around at the Queen's Plate

2010-01-11 09:25

What a fine day for the races!

Check out all the action in our gallery.

In case you didn't know, The L'Ormarins Queen's Plate is an annual horseracing event (similar to your Met and Durban July) that's just as much about fashion and swank as all the others. And when you add lots of money and status to that, you're sure to see a lot of our local schlebs milling around. So here's a wrap up of all the gossip and glamour.

The vibe
Kenilworth racetrack in Cape Town was transformed into a royal wonderland with shades of blue and white accenting the beautiful horsies. The champagne was flowing, wallets were opening and the thank goodness for hats and brollies in the sun, otherwise the colour scheme would have changed to red!

The people
The first schleb I spotted was Lee-Ann Liebenberg, whose almost burnt orange skin is hard to miss. Otherwise her plain white dress was rather boring – a sin for any celeb at an event like this.

Next up – fashionista and songstress Lindiwe Suttle. This pint-sized princess looked gorgeous in a flowy, ethereal off-white gown and light blue headband. As one of the judges in the best-dressed competition, she had to look the part.

New Top Billing presenter Lyndall Jarvis showed everyone why she really got the job – she's gorgeous! Slinking around with a hot guy on her arm and wearing an even hotter little white number, Lyndall made sure she was seen.

Radio presenter/professional socialite Natalie Becker was decidedly casual in a white boho skirt and tube top as she attentively watched the races. She attended with her brothers Nicholas and Luke who were spotted frequently at the tote office. She assures me they won big that day. Congrats!

Other local celebs spotted included Michelle McLean, Anita Olckers, Roxy Louw, Soli Philander and Lisa and Michelle Cowley. Surprisingly, I didn't spot local circuit scabbers Jeannie D, Janez Vermeiren or Jo-Ann Strauss. Weird.

The fashion
Somehow I ended up on the podium in the top 8 Best Hat competition. With a hat I picked up at the parade in town for only R20. Here I was standing next to models Anita Olckers and Michelle McLean (who were nominated for Best Dressed) and waving the flag high for recession-friendly fashion. Woohoo!

The not-so-glamorous
We spotted tons of bum-groping, panty flashing and shot-downing as the final race drew nearer. One of the girls at our table was propositioned with a romp in a porta-loo. Classy. (Yes, she declined). Drinking in the sun never leads to good things.

The end of the races didn't mean the end of the party though. Gang of Instrumentals, Just Jinjer and Shaun Duvet kept the party alive for those who were still standing or had been rudely sobered up by a lost bet. Shame.

Were you there? Did you bet? Let us know how you enjoyed the Queen's Plate.

What a fine day for the races!

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