|Tue 23rd Jan 2018|
2018 Thai Polo Open Final
Royal Pahang take home gold
On Saturday 20 January, the highlight of the Thai polo season took place at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya, Thailand. The Finals of the 2018 Thai Polo Open saw crowds of spectators and players gather in the South East Asian polo capital for a day of fast-paced and thrilling polo. Earlier in the qualifying rounds, competition had been fierce, with six teams entered in the 14 goal competition, but it was Malaysian team Royal Pahang and their rivals Axus who made it through to the Final.
From the word go, Royal Pahang controlled the match. Axus had their fair share of chances, without fruition, so by the third chukka, the might of the Malaysians had a 6-1½ lead. As Royal Pahang became comfortable in their stride, they gave away goals, enabling Axus to narrow the scores, but even with three goals in the final chukka, the cavaneous gap between the scores was too great to overcome and Royal Pahang lifted high the trophy with a 6-4½ victory. Tomás Gándara was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award after some amazing plays, ultimately leading his team to victory, whilst Brian Xu’s pony Tinta One was presented with the Best Playing Pony rug, following a fantastic match played by Darío Musso.
HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana was on hand to witness this spectacular event and also treated spectators to a rare glimpse of one of her beautiful grey competitive eventers. A full report will feature in the next issue of Polo Times
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The 2018 Thai Polo Open Final Teams:
Royal Pahang (13): HH Tengku Muhammad (0), HH Tengku Amir Nasser (1), Tomasito Fernández Llorente (7) & Tomás Gándara (5)
Axus (12): Brian Xu (0), Damián Marcos (3), Diego Gómez (3) & Dario Musso (6)
Photograph: Royal Pahang won the 2018 Thai Polo Open this weekend. By Dominic James | www.dominic-james.com