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Fri 15th Jun 2018

The King Power Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship

The draw is announced

On Monday 11 June, players, patrons and guests gathered at Cowdray House for the draw of The King Power Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship, due to commence on Tuesday 26 June at Cowdray Park Polo Club. 

This year will see the return of last year’s finalists El Remanso, with the same all-Brit line-up, as well as Michael Bickford’s La Indiana, fresh from their continuing success in The Cartier Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club, with this season’s new addition, Facundo Pieres. Past winner, Jean-François Decaux and his La Bamba de Areco side will also be returning for the 2018 competition alongside age-old rivals, RH Polo. 
Talandracas will also return this year, with Edouardo Carmignac’s son, Hugues jointly at the helm with his father alongside his brand new line-up as well as Alessandro Bazzoni’s Monterosso with only one new addition this year, in the form of Juan Martín Zubia. 
Harald Link and his Thai Polo team will return to the Cowdray grounds this year. A number of the players have recently played The Cartier Queen’s Cup tournament with Max Gottschalk’s Les Lions, so are ready and set for the Midhurst-based tournament. Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor, with team regular and long-time friend Nacho Gonzalez, will also take to the field this year. 
This year will also see a Gold Cup first for Andrey Borodin’s Park Place who, as we publish this news, are through to the Final of The Cartier Queen’s Cup, and Alshair Fiyaz’s Alfi Investments. Bob Jornayvaz’s Valiente side will rise again after their Queen’s Cup Semi Final loss, to compete for The King Power Gold Cup and finally Corinne Ricard’s Murus Sanctus will return to the competition again, fielding this year’s only female player. 
The draw saw the four Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi Finalists placed at the head of the four leagues, with a representative of each team entering then drawing a place within the leagues. 
Play commences on Tuesday 26 June, with the Quarter Finals scheduled for the 14 – 15 July, the Semi Finals on Wednesday 18 July and The King Power Gold Cup Final on Sunday 22 July. For more information, please click here.
The King Power Gold Cup Teams:
League A:
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Tommy Beresford (5), Juan Britos (7) & Hilario Ulloa (10)
Talandracas (22): Edouard/Hugues Carmignac (0), Alejandro Muzzio (7), Julian ‘Negro’ de Lusaretta (7) & Francisco Elizalde (8)
RH Polo (22): Ben Soleimani (0), Martín Podesta (5), Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset (9) & Rodrigo de Andrade (8)
League B:
La Bamba de Areco (22): Jean François Decaux (0), Byron Watson (3), David ‘Pelon’ Stiring (9) & Juan Martín Nero (10)
Monterosso (22): Alessandro Bazzoni (0), Juan Martín Zubia (6), Ignacio Toccalino (8) & Santiago Toccalino (8)
Murus Sanctus (22): Corinne Ricard (0), Ed Hitchman (4), Facundo Sola (8) & Gonzalito Pieres (10)
League C:
Valiente (22): Bob Jornayvaz (1), Hugo Lewis (4), Christian ‘Magoo’ Laprida (7) & Adolfo Cambiaso (10)
Alfi Investments (22): Alshair Fiyaz (0), Jack Hyde (4), Polito Pieres (9) & Nico Pieres (9)
Thai Polo (22): Harald Link (0), Guillermo Terrera (8), Joaquin Pittaluga (7) & Jaime Huidobro  (7)
League D:
La Indiana (22): Michael Bickford (1), Alec White (4), Nic Roldan (7) & Facundo Pieres (10)
El Remanso (22): Charlie Hanbury (4), Ollie Cudmore (6), James Beim (6) & James Harper (7)
Emlor (22): Spencer McCarthy (0), Agustin ‘Tincho’ Merlos (9), Diego Cavanagh (8) & Nacho Gonzalez (5)
 
Photograph: On Monday 11 June, the draw was decided for the upcoming King Power Gold Cup for The British Open Polo Championship. Courtesy of Cowdray Park Polo Club
 

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