Gold Cup – final fortnight.
With twenty two games played we are now into the last fortnight of the Gold Cup.
The Gold Cup itself started when an Argentine farmer called Antonio Heguy came over to England on holiday with three of his friends following an invitation from Lord Cowdray to play in his new tournament. They arrived with a boatload of home bred horses and their team, Los Indios, beat the home side 9-4 to become the first winners of the Gold Cup.
This year Ali Albwardy’s Dubai team, featuring the world’s leading player Adolfo Cambiaso, returns to defend the title of British Open Champions. Last year saw Dubai claim a fourth victory in the world’s most important tournament at 22 goal level.
An impressive debut was made in the 2014 tournament by the King Power team of Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha, who reached the final in his first ever entry of the Gold Cup. His side returns in 2015 as King Power Foxes with Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres, and a second team, King Power, has been entered by Top’s brother Apichet ‘Tal’ Srivaddhanaprabha.
Winners in 2011 and 2013, Lyndon Lea’s Zacara team also makes a welcome return. El Remanso is another team which has featured strongly in the tournament in recent years, reaching the Final in 2012.
The remaining matches in the tournament are:
6 July Mon 2pm, Apes Hill vs VPS Healthcare Sifani
7 July Tue, Zacara vs La Indiana
7 July Tue, El Remanso vs Talandracas
7 July Tue, King Power Foxes vs Salkeld
8 July Wed, King Power vs RH Polo
8 July Wed, Thai Polo vs UAE
11/12 July Sat/Sun, Gold Cup quarter-finals
14 July Tue, Minor placings
15 July Wed 12pm, Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup semi-finals
19 July Sun 3pm, Final of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup
Live stream of the matches is available through the internet from Pololine TV, The Telegraph and Cowdray Park Polo Club websites: