Polo In The Park set for rebirth at Hurlingham

St-Regis-Internati_2978995bEvening Test match marks first England International polo match played at Hurlingham Park, Fulham, since 1939.
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England take on Team South America tonight on ‘Chukka Friday’ in Polo In The Park, which marks the first England International polo match played at Hurlingham Park, Fulham, since 1939.
The England team, sponsored by Cutler and Gross, includes Matt Perry, captain James Beim and Tom Morley, who between them have a wealth of international experience and an overall handicap of 18.
Beating a South American side with an equally combined handicap of 18, and notoriously impressive equestrian expertise full of Latin flair and polo passion, sponsored by Air Europa, will be captain Diego Cavanagh, Rodrigo Rueda and Martin Valent, whose previous experience playing at the tournament will be vital when it comes to team tactics, will be hoping to scupper the English hopes.
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Chesterton’s Polo in the Park, a three-day tournament, now in its seventh year, brings world class polo right into the heart of London.
For the rest of the tournament, six teams, representing cities from around the world, play with three-man teams on a slightly smaller field than usual, meaning the action is never far away from the spectator.
The traditional rules are adapted to create a much more spectator-friendly game – perfect for polo newcomers. This year the visiting teams taking on the London home team are last year’s winners Abu Dhabi, Lagos, Hong Kong, Davos and Dublin.
• England to face Americas team at Hurlingham
Mayfair’s famous nightclub, Mahiki Bar will be shaking up some amazing cocktails from its pitchside bar, which happens to be the longest pop up bar in Europe, whilst the Champagne Lanson Garden Bar provides another vantage point to view the sport.
Matches are played well into the evening and with post 5pm tickets at just £10, it could be a welcome diversion to escape to after work.
For more information visit www.polointheparklondon.com
The quarter-finalists for this weekend’s Cartier Queen’s Cup were decided this week, with the four knock out matches played over the past four days to decide who picked up the final four tickets for the quarter-finals.
There were not too many surprises in these games, with the bookies’ favourites all making it through to the last eight. The four semi-finalists from this weekend will also be seeded from 1 to 4 in the Gold Cup draw for the British Open championships which takes place on Monday evening at the newly-opened Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique in Old Bond Street.
The Cartier Queen’s Cup standings after the league stages saw four automatic qualifiers, in order: King Power Foxes, Zacara, UAE Polo and Talandracas.
Guards Polo Club has appointed EFG International as one of its Corporate Partners, signing a three-year agreement with the private bank. EFG Bank already sponsors tournaments and teams in the UK and further afield. This includes international events with Guards Polo Club, most recently the Club’s Sao Paulo International Polo in Brazil in September 2014.