The 2013 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate takes place at Kenilworth on Saturday, January 12 and has served up one of the strongest Queen's Plate fields in many years...
"Favourite Variety Club (ridden by master jockey Anton Marcus), meanwhile has the worst draw of 15 out of 15 and will need a lot of luck in the running..."
The month of January in the South African horse racing industry is all about the action taking place in the southern parts of the country, as Kenilworth plays host to succession of top class feature and graded horse racing action from now through to the J&B Met (which takes place on February 2).
Durban July winner Pomodoro will be looking to follow up that triumph while Joey Ramsden's Variety Club aims to follow up on his status as the best miler in the country. Mike Bass' sprinter, What A Winter, meanwhile, will look to follow up on his victory in the Grade 2 Diadem Stakes (1 200m), but is yet to be proven over the mile trip.
Justin Snaith returns this year with Run For It and will be looking for his representative to to go well having landed last year's prize with Gimmethegreenlight.
Master Plan, Bravura, Tribal Dance, Castlethorpe, Slumdogmillionaire, Depardieu, Fabiani, Martial Eagle and Bulsara will also be vying for the crown as the 2013 L'Ormarins Queens Plate looks set to be a spectacular battle.
Favourite Variety Club (ridden by master jockey Anton Marcus), meanwhile has the worst draw of 15 out of 15 and will need a lot of luck in the running while his biggest danger, 2013 J&B Met favourite, Jackson, is also drawn out wide at 13 out of 15, ensuring a wide open race and one that could come down to fortune as much as talent.
In a recent development, the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate winner of 2013 and in subsequent years could receive automatic entry into the lucrative Breeder's Cup Mile in the USA in the same year of its running.