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Sat 28th May 2016

Cartier Queen’s Cup Day Seven

Wins for Dubai and La Indiana

On Friday 27 May Dubai confirmed their status as one of the top teams in this year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup with an impressive 15-9 win over Zacara at Zacara’s home ground. This was always going to be an exciting game, but Dubai’s strategy of closing down Lyndon Lea’s boys proved very effective. Zacara, one of the four seeded teams in this year’s tournament, had won their first two matches comfortably, playing their preferred long and running with the ball style of game. Dubai stopped them playing like this, with Rashid Albwardy and Kian Hall regularly stopping the Zacara players from getting free to run. When Pablo MacDonough did manage to escape from his “minders” he would invariably run to goal and score, but his chances were few and far between. 

Dubai gave themselves a comfortable three goal lead in the second chukka, and although Zacara battled back to within one goal several times during the match, Dubai just turned on the power and surged ahead once more. Juan Martin Nero was superb in defence and Adolfo Cambiaso did what Cambiaso always does, watch and wait and then jump in and pick up the ball when needed. The young Englishman Jack Hyde was exceptional up front for Zacara, even taking out Nero at one point and then playing a wonderful nearside neck shot to score, but they were no match for an on-form Dubai who ran away with a 15-9 victory. Albwardy’s team are the only squad so far to have won all three of their league matches and the only other team that can now achieve this same feat are their longstanding rivals, and fellow 2015 finalists, King Power Foxes.  

The all-British team of Britannia El Remanso had a comfortable 13-8 victory over RH Polo in the second league game of the day. Ben Soleimani’s team were looking for that all important first win and despite some great play from his squad, they could not find any answers to the El Remanso teamwork. Nico Pieres started things off for RH, ensuring they were leading 3-2 at the end of the second. However, this was also the chukka that El Remanso’s James Harper received a yellow card. Without realising it at the time, this was actually the turning point of the game. Harper upped his game straightaway and El Remanso never looked back. In addition, his team’s patron Charlie Hanbury was on brilliant form, scoring at least five of his team’s goals, and even cheekily stealing the ball from under the nose of Nico Pieres and running it straight to goal!

James Beim confirmed El Remanso’s superiority, scoring several goals in the final two chukkas. Such was the cohesiveness of the Hanbury squad that RH failed to score at all in the sixth. This gave El Remanso that all important second victory – they had already beaten Sifani by a wide margin and only went down by one to Dubai, and are looking strong for the final stages of this tournament.

The next two games to take place will be Apes Hill vs King Power Foxes at Dubai followed by La Indiana vs HB Polo at Guards Polo Club on Saturday 28 May.

Click here for the full list of teams and results.


Photograph: Young Brit player Jack Hyde takes on Adolfo Cambiaso. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com 

Thu 26th May 2016

A New Generation of Regeneration

Advances in Stem Cell Therapy in the UK

An innovative approach to tissue bioengineering and therapy has hit the shores of the UK this month for horses in the form of Lipogems technology.  The surgical procedure for the harvesting and isolation of micro-fragmented adipose tissue, rich in activated pericytes and mesenchymal stem cells is not only simple but safe. The technique is based on new findings on the molecular biology of epithelial tissues made at Case Western University, Miami University, UCLA and Pasteur Institute. This new minimally invasive approach to tissue regeneration spells a new era in regenerative medicine that empowers and harnesses the body’s physiological healing mechanisms.

The Lipogems technique has been developed by Swiss-Italian surgeon Dr Carlo Tremolada MD who was looking for a better way to create adipose grafts for human maxillofacial surgery. Unexpectedly, his patients experienced a significant reduction in the bruising and inflammation normally associated with such surgery. The US Patented Lipogems device is FDA approved and has CE marking in Europe.

At a recent seminar held at Cirencester Park Polo Club, led by Dr Tremolada, Dr Todd Malan and Dr Tim Watson as the lead veterinary surgeon, four other leading equine vets were trained and accredited as the first veterinary practitioners authorised to perform the procedure in the UK.

Since the seminar, Dr Tim Watson has performed a number of procedures. It has been used to treat conditions including: osteoarthritis, lesions of the superficial and deep flexor tendons, suspensory ligament desmitis and chronic granulating distal limb wounds. This technique has long-term anti-inflammatory and substantial anti-bacterial and analgesic effects and to date no adverse reaction has been recorded either at the site of the adipose harvest or the lipogems injection. Ultrasonographic and radiographic evidence of tissue repair has been identified just three weeks after treatment.

To contact Lipocast Biotech UK Ltd for more information click here.


Photograph: Dr Murray Shotter from Shotter & Byers Veterinary Clinic harvesting tissue to be used in a procedure. By ©Hugh Dickens


Wed 25th May 2016

Cartier Queen’s Cup Day Six

Wins for La Indiana and Dubai

The first round of games in The Cartier Queen’s Cup are almost complete with just one game for each team remaining. King Power Foxes, Dubai and Zacara are leading the field, having won both of their games to date. La Bamba de Areco, RH Polo and Sifani have faired less well, having lost both of their games. The remaining team entrants have all won and lost a game.

On Tuesday 24 May La Indiana won their first game against La Bamba de Areco at Cowdray Park with a final score of 13-10. La Indiana led the scores from the off and never relinquished their lead. At the end of the second, La Indiana were 7-2 ahead thanks to some superb play from Nic Roldan and Agustín ‘Tincho’ Merlos. La Bamba de Areco put up a good fight, especially in the latter stages of the game. Merlos was given a Yellow Card in the fifth chukka, but he made up for it with his success at converting penalties. The great teamwork from Merlos, Roldan and Cartier Queen’s Cup newcomer Julian de Lusarreta, clearly paid off for La Indiana.

Later in the afternoon Dubai narrowly defeated Britannia El Remanso at Guards Polo Club with a score of 9-8. Despite the final result, Britannia El Remanso were leading after the second chukka, 3-2, and were neck and neck after the third chukka on 4 goals each. Dubai managed to get some air between the scores in the second half, but El Remanso kept them in their sights and continued to battle. They closed the gap back to just one goal (7-6) early in the sixth chukka, only for Dubai to pull ahead once more. Cambiaso fired the golden goal to secure Rashid Albwardy’s second victory of the tournament.

Click here to view all the scores and for the draw of the final six games remaining in the first round.


Group One

Two wins – King Power Foxes            

One win, one Loss – HB Polo                            

One win, one Loss – Apes Hill                              

One win, one Loss – La Indiana                          

One win, one Loss – Talandracas                       

Two losses – La Bamba de Areco        


Group Two

Two wins – Dubai     

Two wins – Zacara                                                                 

One win, one Loss – Britannia El Remanso    

One win, one Loss – Valiente Dubai

Two losses – RH Polo                               

Two losses – Sifani                                                   


Photograph: Agustín ‘Tincho’ Merlos gallops with the ball at Cowdray Park Polo Club for La Indiana. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com



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