THE first Queen’s Plate under the L’Ormarins banner was run two months late on 13 March 2004 due to an outbreak of equine flu.

The race included formidable names like Dynasty, Wolf Whistle, Free My Heart, Celtic Grove Glamour Boy and Key Of Destiny and the champion Dynasty was 1-3 favourite to win the race, but it went to second-favourite Yard Arm, a 6-1 chance from Geoff Woodruff’s yard.

Yard-Arm, under master jockey Rhys van Wyk, saved ground on the rail tracking Domino Man racing 3 to 4 lengths behind pacemaker Celtic Grove. He switched in off false rail and made a strong forward move at the 400m, then powered through and stormed into the final 200m, four lengths clear – a most impressive victory. 

While Yard-Arm went on to an accomplished international career – he ran in the Dubai World Cup, Dynasty pulled up lame and was retired to stud, where he is a sensation to this day.




  1. What a pleasure browsing through the most interesting articles of yester years “Sport of Kings…Sweet old memories never to be forgotten.I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.Only lovers of this sport will appreciate articles of this nature.Esp. All time greats like the late Ernie Duffield and even The name Sandy Bicket comes to mind.One name i didnt see or did i?
    That name is another great commentator in the form of Graeme Eves…What a pleasure remembering
    these great SA commentators.
    May their dear souls rest in peace…


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