The Gentleman Magazine Issue 3 | June/July - Page 58

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup The world famous Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup is played to decide the British Open Polo Championship and is the premier polo tournament in the world at 22 goal level. Ten teams will contest the 2017 Championship with most of the world’s leading players taking part. The opening match on Tuesday 27th June is the first of around 40 in this year’s competition leading to Quarter-finals over the weekend of 15/16th July, Semi-finals on Wednesday 19th July and the high octane Final on Sunday 23rd July. Up to 15,000 spectators will flock to Lord Cowdray’s estate in West Sussex to watch the Final. The stunning location, with the evocative Cowdray ‘Ruins’ as a backdrop, is an idyllic setting for one of the most exciting sporting events of the Season. Spectators normally make an early start in order to set up their picnics, meet up with friends and browse around the retail village before settling down for the afternoon’s high octane match. There are plenty of food options and bars as well as a VIP experience for all day luxury entertainment in the Cowdray Marquee. Defending the title of British Open Champions for the third year is the King Power side once again featuring the mighty talent of the Argentine Pieres brothers, Gonzalito and Facundo. Still considered the world’s best player, Adolfo Cambiaso this year switches sides to join the RH polo team of Ben Soleimani. The all British side of Britannia El Remanso, with the same line-up as 2016 comprising Charlie Hanbury, Ollie Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper, will certainly have the support of the local crowd behind them. The only woman taking part is Corinne Ricard with her Murus Sanctus team this year including 10 goal player Hilario Ulloa. 58 | The Gentleman Magazine Polo played at this level is not for the faint hearted and Corinne is relishing the opportunity to take part for a second year. Michael Bickford’s La Indiana team, which lost to King Power in the 2016 Final returns with one team change – England player Luke Tomlinson will be playing at Back. This is top level polo at its finest and, even if you have never watched the sport before, Cowdray Park’s experienced commentators are there to inform and explain as the action races on. Be sure to put Sunday 23rd July in your diary. For further information on the Final and the preceding matches in this year’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup visit: www.cowdraypolo.co.uk.