THE Sceptre Stakes has always had a touch of class about it and this year even more so with the news that luxury jeweller Cartier has taken on the sponsorship of this Grade Two contest as part of the Summer Of Champions in the Western Cape.

The Cartier Sceptre Stakes will be the headline event on the opening day of the inaugural L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival taking place at Kenilworth Racecourse on the 6th and 7th of January.

“Cartier is honoured to be sponsoring the inaugural L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate for the second consecutive year. L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate continues to mirror Cartier’s ideals and values of elegance, passion, excellence, talent and respect. The 2017 two-day festival is sure to be the best yet,” says Alessandro Patti, Managing Director of Cartier Africa.

Prizes by Cartier will be presented to the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Man and Best Hat for both Friday and Saturday’s competitions, and will include a Mini C de Cartier handbag, a Trinity Bracelet, cufflinks, a Must de Cartier wallet, cashmere scarves and other exclusive creations.

The second day of the Festival sees the running of the prestigious L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr 1) as well as the Maine Chance Farm Paddock Stakes (Gr 1) a contest that not only adds immense value to the breeding industry but also ensures the winner an entry in the Breeders Cup Mile in the USA later on in the year.

Sticking with the blue and white theme for both days of the Festival, racegoers are encouraged to get their tickets for Friday afternoon’s Garden Party with live jazz, L’Ormarins Brut and access into the Style Lounge the following afternoon – complimenting the world-class horseracing action – all adding appeal.

The final field for the 2017 edition of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will be announced on 29 December.


  1. So Mr Rupert throws some weight in from Richemont. Now that’s the way to go, I hope this is a huge success so some of the other big-name brands can get involved. Cartier has a lovely international ring about it.