High Goal Gold.
The Cartier Queen’s Cup had its exciting conclusion at the weekend in the final between Dubai and La Indiana on Saturday afternoon.
In the presence of Her Majesty on her 90th Birthday the crowds saw La Indiana come back in the second half of the game to draw scores in the last minute of the last chukka forcing an extra 30 seconds of play. A whistle was blown just outside the La Indiana goal resulting in a throw in. The nail biting end to the game came as the ball popped out the line out straight to Cambiaso who calmly popped it between the posts to win the Cup for Dubai.
With the Queen’s Cup over the High Goal now moves to Cowdray in Sussex to play the Gold Cup. This tournament concludes the High Goal season in the UK.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup is played to decide the British Open Polo Championship and is considered to be the premier polo tournament in the world at 22 goal level. With all the international stars of the game in action in the incomparable setting of Cowdray Park’s famous ‘Lawns’, the event draws in polo aficionados from all over the globe.
Matches open on Tuesday 21st June and culminate in the Final on Sunday 17th July which decides the winners of the coveted British Open title.
The opening match on the Tuesday 21st June is played for the Carlos Gracida Memorial trophy in honour of one of the sport’s most iconic former players and celebrating his outstanding talent and record-breaking 10 Gold Cup wins.
Other notable trophies that are played for during the course of the tournament include the Midhurst Town Cup on Sunday 26th June and the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup on Sunday 3rd July. The Midhurst Town Cup has a special significance as it was presented to the club by the local business community in 1953 to recognise the prominence brought to the town by polo, while the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup, attended by the Argentine Ambassador, emphasises the strong relationship the polo community has with South America and their passion for the sport of polo. Local residents and newcomers are especially welcome to enjoy all these highlights.
The Semi-Finals of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup held on Wednesday 13th July showcase 2 thrilling matches which lead onto the much anticipated Final on Sunday 17th July. With over 70 quality trade stands offering superb food and shopping in the retail village at the Final, it is an occasion not to be missed and will be a fabulous day of polo.
Watch out for Valiente this year who have Adolfo Cambiaso paired up with Juan Martin Nero. Link to the tournament schedule: http://www.cowdraypolo.co.uk/tournaments/17