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Fri 2nd Oct 2015

Equine Infectious Anaemia Outbreak in Argentina

Disease May Affect Opening Stages of The Triple Crown

Five horses travelling to The Jockey Club de San Isidro before the Club's famous Open tournament were found to be suffering from Equine Infectious Anaemia, also known as swamp fever. 

The matches were instead played at other venues in the area, while the Jockey Club has suspended all activities at the Club as a precaution and has destroyed the infected animals. The cases seem to be isolated and under control, although the Club is still in lockdown. The Jockey Club have given no further word on the matter.

Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) is a disease caused by a retrovirus, and is mostly transmitted through biting flies, as it is carried through bodily fluids. It can also be transmitted through contaminated surgical equipment, however, and may be passed on between horses via saliva on bits.  Symptoms include high fever, anaemia as a result of the breakdown of red blood cells, weakness, swelling of the lower abdomen and legs, weak pulse and irregular heartbeat and lethargy and weight loss in chronic cases.
Animals showing signs of the disease should be quarantined immediately and the proper authorities alerted.


Photograph: EIA can be passed on to nearby horses through fly bites.

Fri 2nd Oct 2015

The Opening Matches Of The Triple Crown Are In Full Swing

The First Games Of The Tortugas Open Get Underway in Argentina

Tuesday 29 September saw the first two teams of The Tortugas Open take to the fields of Tortugas Country Club for their opening match. The tournament is the first in the illustrious Triple Crown series.
The first match saw Alegría play Chapaleufú in what proved to be an exciting game. Although the outcome was much to be expected, with a win for Alegría who came fresh from their appearance in the Final of the Jockey Club Open, the Heguy foursome put up a fantastic fight, finally conceding a 15 – 11 defeat.

The tournament continued on Wednesday 30 September with an even closer match between La Aguada and La Aguada Las Monjitas. The match was tense; it pitted Merlos against Merlos and Novillo Astrada against Novillo Astrada. An exceedingly close game, the match was still tied even after some fantastic play by Pite Merlos in the final chukka. Pite has replaced his brother Sebastian in this team, after a ball to the knee earlier in the season meant Sebastian is currently recovering from knee surgery. As the score, which had remained close throughout the game, was tied at 10 -10 by the final whistle extra time was called and it was eventually Agustín Merlos who scored the winning goal for La Aguada, when a 60 yard penalty was awarded in their favour. The final score was 11 – 10 to La Aguada.

The next match to take place will be on Saturday 3 October when Chapaleufú will take on reigning champions, La Dolfina.


Tuesday 29 September – Alegría vs Chapaleufú
Alegría (35):
Cristian Laprida Jr. (8), Hilario Ulloa (9), Lucas Monteverde Jr. (9) & Frederick Mannix (9)
Chapaleufú (34):
Alberto Heguy Jr. (8), Ignacio Heguy (9), Bautista Heguy (8) & Eduardo Heguy (9)

Wednesday 30 September – La Aguada vs La Aguada Las Monjitas
La Aguada (34):
Agustín Merlos (8), Guillermo Terrera Jr. (8), Guillermo Caset Jr. (9) & Ignacio Novillo Astrada (9)
La Aguada Las Monjitas (34)
: Ignacio Toccalino (9), Eduardo Novillo Astrada (9), Pite Merlos (8) & Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8)


Photograph: La Aguada defeated La Aguada Las Monjitas at Tortugas Country Club. By Matías Callejo


Thu 1st Oct 2015

October Issue of Polo Times Out Now!

Sotogrande Special – Women's Handicap Debate – Victor Ludorum Update

The latest issue of Polo Times is flying through your postboxes now! This edition sees all the latest news and reports from the end of the summer, as well as looking ahead to the winter polo season, both here in the UK and overseas.

Katie Vickery, our overseas reporter, has been following the action in Sotogrande from all perspectives. From the high to low goal including reports on Dubai's victory in the Bulgari Gold Cup and a behind the scenes interview with winning British team, La Clarita.

Elsewhere abroad, England's women have had an amazing month, with wins both in South Africa and again in Chantilly – read the full report in this issue! As the handicaps come out this month, much has been made of Nina Clarkin's recent 10 goal ladies' handicap, so in this issue, we interview Nina and discuss what the future holds for a 10 goal lady player.

Closer to home, Lucy Wilson has been catching up with the brightest and best of the UK's Retraining of Racehorses winners, and taking a look at how many more are coming into the sport this way, plus the pros and cons of retraining the versatile thoroughbred.

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