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Are You A Bit Of A Royal Writer?

Your entry must reach us by Saturday 18 January 2020

There is a juxtaposition between Glorious Goodwood and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate. They’re both recherché jubilees in terms of the magnificence of horses and resplendence of racegoers in attendance.

Queen's Plate

Sporting Post reader and lifelong racing fan Chris Swart won the 2018 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival Writers Award and undertook a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip for two to Glorious Goodwood in August 2018.

He reported on his trip – read more here

The competition, with the sensational prize of a trip for two to Glorious Goodwood, is once again being held this year and all members of the public are invited to submit a non-fiction original piece of between 1000 to 5000 words about the festival, which will be held at Kenilworth on 10 and 11 January.

Entries need to be submitted to [email protected] by no later than Saturday 18 January 2020.

See all the event details here

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6 comments on “Are You A Bit Of A Royal Writer?

  1. Fledgling Writer says:

    Let me start off..

    The Queens Plate has been around for longer than all of us have been alive. It is steeped in traditio and L’Ormarin has kept this legacy alive by having sponsored the L’Ormarin Queens Plate Festival.

    The Festival has become a worldwide attraction. The racing is out of the top drawer. Horses, trainers, jockeys and owners from all walks are involved in this two day affair.

    The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is regarded as the most prestigious racing event in South Africa. The Festival commemorates the Queens Plate (paying homage to the Queen of England). Its partnership with Goodwood is befitting its stature.

    The event is made more attractive by the use of the L’Ormarins customary blue and white theme which brings elegance to the race course and the Festival.

    The colours blue and white are used in the French and British flags. Actually both of these countries flags have the primary colours of blue, white a red. L’Ormarins has its genesis from the French Hugenouts and the administrative township of Lourmarins in France. The mix of French and Brtish fits well into South African history and the Festival.

    The red may not be found on any of the L’Ormanis colours for the day but it is easily represented by the noble red wines produced by L’Ormarins and the Queens regal red regalia. A match made in heaven.

    To be continued or for someone to continue…

    1. Editor says:

      Keep going – need it before 18 January 2020- email to: [email protected]


    There is nothing royal about Gaynor Rupert and her various brands entertaining or collaborating with The Racing Association @ The Somerset Room.

    Mrs Rupert, be strong and show the racing public who The Racing Association leadership really are : dirty muck water.

    All this on your big day ?

    You and your brands are marketed to be synonymous with customers who have a discerning appetite.

    The Racing Association and R 600, for that matter R 2 000, won’t clear the stench.

  3. Rian says:

    My post on Queens Plate didn’t make it William, went straight to the bin , sad

  4. Rian, I sure it’s in a draft file somewhere. Don’t let my post smother your thoughts.

    I’m sure Gaynor Rupert’s 2 day show is filled with good intent, regrettably her Racing Association ‘project’ is a school-boy marketing error and rather naive.

    Mrs. Pienaar, used the word ‘Invective’ in a separate post . I’ll use that here with reference to The Racing Association presence.

    The RA are just a middle-man, using the ‘divide’ function on excel & redistributing the stakes pot and handing out wine.

  5. Peter Dembitzer says:

    Not so glorious Goodwood festival last year was the most uncompetitive I have ever seen with favourites winning or running a place in most of the races. Despite huge fields pa’s paid peanuts.Generally favourites run in the first 3 in England a vast amount of the time. Hurdles racing(barring Cheltenham) is a joke and for small punters to be avoided.
    My idea of fun are the Ascot Festival with huge field bipots.
    That’s what I call competitive racing

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