Jaeger-LeCoultre hosts its first polo Gold Cup final at Cowdray Park

Friends picnic in soaring temteratures at Cowdray Park
Friends picnic in soaring temteratures at Cowdray Park

THERE was drama in a tense final at the Gold Cup on the Cowdray Park polo fields this afternoon (Sunday, July 19).

And there was a new look to the Gold Cup sponsored for the first time this year by luxury watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Gold Cup final action between UAE and King Power Foxes

Gold Cup final action between UAE and King Power Foxes

Gone were the distinctive orange colours of the previous sponsor champagne house Veuve Cliquot which dominated Cowdray Park’s Gold Cup final polo fields for 30 years.

And gone were the Veuve Clicquot marquees where spectators headed for a bit of celebrity spotting.

This year Jaeger-LeCoultre began the event by hosting a lunch for all the top names in polo before Thai polo patron ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha led his King Power Foxes onto the field against UAE in sweltering heat.

It was a tense match with world class ten goal players brothers Gonzalito and Facundo Pieres providing the power house and Hugo Lewis in his first Gold Cup for the Thai team.

Old school friends from Easebourne enjoy their Gold Cup picnic

Old school friends from Easebourne enjoy their Gold Cup picnic

They faced formidable opposition against UAE’s ten goal player Pablo MacDonough, cousin to the Pieres brothers.

He played alongside eight goal player Lucas Monteverde, four goal Santiago Stirling and Patron Jose Ramon Araya.

It was a close match with drama when patron ‘Top’ fell dramatically from his pony requiring medical attention on the field.

Although he eventually walked from the field, he did not finish the match.The King Power Foxes were eventually triumphant with a 14-8 win.

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