Lanzerac Ready to Run; a hot new racing event you’ll want to add to your social calendar

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a hot new event on Cape Town’s social calendar, the R2 million Lanzerac Ready to Run Stakes presented by Cape Thoroughbred Sales at the Kenilworth Racecourse.

That's Captain America, the winning horse, crossing the finish line, just so you know.
That’s Captain America, the winning horse, crossing the finish line, just so you know.

Obviously, with this being a fancy pants event and all, it wouldn’t have felt right to rock up in a rokkie from Mr P so I was beyond thrilled that Forever New were kind enough to allow my blogger bestie Karisa and I to raid their gorgeous new High Society dress collection. If you haven’t been in store to take a look at it yet, check out my post on the launch earlier this month. Their new goodies are all too gorgeous and perfect for the party season.

Karisa from, her dashing plus one Chad and me.
Karisa from, her dashing plus one Chad and me.

Karisa is wearing the Ericka metallic jacquard maxi (R2 299) and I’m in the Chelsea 2-in-1 jacquard skirt dress (R1 299). (Chad is rocking a Csquared blazer and Caducci pants, FYI.) I loved the fact that our dresses were gold and cream as they matched the Lanzerac Ready To Run branding to a tee. I also discovered the secret bonus prize of rocking a high-waisted circle skirt; you don’t have to hold your stomach in for photos!

I then accessorised with a statement necklace from Lovisa, a giant ring from Accessorize and a lace-detailed chain bag I snapped up from New Look in Paris.
I accessorised my dress with a statement necklace from Lovisa, a giant ring from Accessorize and a lace-detailed chain bag I snapped up in Paris.

Upon arrival, we all got treated to a glass of Lanzerac bubbly that never hit empty thanks to lovely, attentive serving staff who kept us topped up throughout day. Our expansive flower-bedecked suite served up a fabulous view of the track and there was even a little TV at each table to ensure you got an extreme close up.

Just look at the view!
Just look at the view!

Celeb guests included actress Natalie Becker, All Access’ Nandi Mngoma and actress Lee-Anne Summers. Fashion blogger Clouds Drummond and The Little Hattery’s Dom were out and about too, donning a hat he’d made himself.

Going clockwise you’ve got Natalie and Nandi; Lee-Anne and Clouds and Dom.

Socialite Thandie Kupe was also there along with style blog Luxo’s Ritza Janse van Rensburg, Goodhope FM’s Tammy B and actor/comedian/my neighbour Siv Ngesi.

Again going clockwise; Thandie, Ritza, Tammy-Lee and myself, Karisa and Siv.

Lunch consisted of a yummy seafood starter and this was followed by a buffet that included a thick slices of juicy, baby soft beef and two different types of potato (ooh la la!); a creamy bake and little baby ones that I merrily drowned in gravy. And let’s not even get started on the awesome wickedness that was the cheese table.

Cheers, darlings!
Cheers, darlings!

Sitting pretty with the holy trinity that is champers, cheese and potato-anything was definitely enough to ease the fact that the horsie Lanzerac had placed a bet on my behalf didn’t get a placing.

Thanks Lanzerac!
Thanks anyway, Lanzerac!

Karisa and Chad, however, were a different story. They placed a random bet, won around R50 or so and then went into a full-on betting frenzy. At one point I think they were up about R600 or so and I was all ‘Woop, woop! You’re soooo paying for our taxi ride home’ but then Chad went over the edge, flew a little too close to the sun and lost every cent. Nice one dude, nice.

Karisa mentally willing her horse to win. Intense.
Karisa mentally willing her pony to win. Tres intense.

Fortunately, I managed to get in with the dashing young neurosurgeon who owned the helicopter parked on the track and saved us all a mission through traffic.

Home Jeeves!
Home please, Jeeves!

Okay, okay. So that’s a total lie. But it would’ve been awesome, right? (The truth is we got a lift home with Chad who really went out his way for us and now I kind of feel like a total bitch for calling him out on his rubbish gambling skills. Sorry Chad! Love you Chad!) Anyway, here’s another big thank you to Galia and the Greater Than PR team who put the event together as well as to our fairy godmother, Kerrin Tessendorf from Forever New, for ensuring I didn’t end up having to rock a bedazzled a bin liner. Never a good look.

Pretty, pretty!
Fun, fun, fun.

Love, love Leigh Some of the photos featured in this post were snapped by the day’s official photographer, Jurie Senekal.


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