Cape Town can receive a boost to its tourism and trade sectors early in 2015 when the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (LQP) returns to Kenilworth Racecourse on 10 January for its 154th running.
As one of the UK Telegraph’s top five race days in the world, with strong ties to Glorious Goodwood (UK) and the Breeder’s Cup (USA) – the annual event draws in excess of 5 000 horseracing enthusiasts, punters, owners, local and international media, socialites and tourists to Cape Town each year to experience both the race and the City.
With horseracing contributing in excess of about ZAR2.71 billion to SA’s Gross Domestic Product (according to Horseracing South Africa’s most recent economic impact study), to bolster economic growth and community development in the Cape Town area, LQP sources and showcases only local suppliers and vendors, for all its needs from event coordination to food offerings.
Further to this end, the event, sponsored by leading brands like BMW South Africa & the Julius Bär Group, provides direct and indirect employment to the 100s of people – including jockeys, trainers, groomsmen, administrative staff and security personnel, amongst others – involved in all areas of this highly labour-intensive industry.
The City of Cape Town is a proud host and supporter of events like LQP that attract local and international participants and supporters. The economic spin-offs of these events hold enormous benefits for the city and its residents,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
The 12 races at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will take place on 10 January 2015 at Kenilworth Racecourse, where race-goers, beautifully decked out in the event’s signature blue and white, will look on as the country’s top thoroughbreds pound the turf in pursuit of the R1 million purse.
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