Sixteen teams set to contest polo Gold Cup

COWDRAY Park Polo Club has announced that sixteen teams have entered the 2012 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship.

Winners of the 2011 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, Zacara, return to defend the title. Dubai, with an impressive Gold Cup history, having won the Gold Cup in 2001, 2005 and 2010 once again features the world’s finest player Adolfo Cambiaso in its line-up. 2009 winners, La Bamba de Areco, with Patron Jean-Francois Decaux, returns with 10 goal player Facundo Pieres. His brother Gonzalito, also amongst the world’s elite 10 goal players, joins the noted Ellerston White side which returns to a new base at Cowdray Park after a four year absence from the UK.

The American side, Coca Cola, returns after a six year absence from UK polo and there is one brand new side for 2012 – EFG/Aravali whose Indian patron Karan Thapar has put together a team which includes the experienced 9 goal player Eduardo Novillo Astrada. Luke Tomlinson and James Beim, both 7 goal players, Mark Tomlinson, Malcolm Borwick, Max Routledge and Ollie Cudmore are amongst the British professionals who have secured places in the teams, while George and Charlie Hanbury play in their own El Remanso side.

The full draw schedule can be seen on www.cowdraypolo.co.uk. The opening league phase of the tournament leads to Quarter Finals over the weekend of July7/8 with semi Finals on July 12 and the final on Sunday July 15.

Further information and tickets at www.cowdraypolo.co.uk.