Scene set for sizzling Gold Cup final at Cowdray Park

Polo action from Cowdray Park
Polo action from Cowdray Park

EXCITEMENT is mounting as the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup goes into its final stages today.

There have already been some nail biting matches and today (Thursday, July 18), the semi finals of the British Open Polo Championships are set to be played out at Cowdray Park.

Lyndon Lea’s Zacara team who were the winners two years ago of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, are through to the semi finals of the prestigious competition, a highlight on the British polo calendar and will meet Talandracas in the morning.

Later this afternoon, Dubai, three times winners of the most coveted trophy in polo, will meet El Remanso in the second semi final at 4pm.

Considered to be one of the best days in polo to be seen anywhere in the world, both these matches are to take place on the Lawns 1 ground at Cowdray Park, Midhurst.

Dubai’s team includes Adolfo Cambiaso still rated the world’s number one player, who is joined by Nico Pieres, youngest of the three Argentine Pieres brothers who are currently dominating the sport.

His brother Facundo is the lynch pin of the Zacara side which has already won the USA Open and the Cartier Queen’s Cup in 2013.

The final of the Gold Cup is set to take place in glorious sunshine on Sunday.

Some 90 trade stands are sited in the retail village alongside bars and food outlets.

A children’s funfair adds to the attractions.

Entry is £20 a ticket, parking is free, and under 12s are admitted free.

On Saturday the final of the BLOOM – British Ladies Open Polo Championship – will be played at the Ambersham grounds.

Entry is £5 and under 12s are admitted free.