By Alejandra Ocampo
The World Polo Tour, the international polo ranking, presents its news after victories from Dubai and King Power Foxes in The Queen’s Cup and The Gold Cup, respectively.
The most important news regards first and second place: Facundo Pieres, winner of the Gold Cup, moves up to second place, behind Adolfo Cambiaso, winner of The Queen’s Cup, who is still number one. The battle is intense and only sixty points separate the players. Sotogrande, where both players will be competing next month, should define the positions.
In terms of the Top 5, Pablo MacDonough, Gold Cup semifinalist, comes in fifth, while Pelon Stirling holds sixth place.
Julián de Lusarreta’s ranking has changed significantly. The talented, young player, finalist of The Queen’s Cup and The Gold Cup, made it into the Top 10 for the first time. After his incredible performance in England, De Lusarreta has reached eighth place.
Other changes include Agustín Merlos, who went from 19 to 16. Guillermo Terrera, winner of the Indian Empire Shield, comes in at 20. Nic Roldán went from 31 to 24 and Hugo Lewis moved up considerably: from 68 to 26.
In terms of patrons, Michael Bickford is the most outstanding of the season. After an extraordinary season, he moved from 70 to 40. Tal Srivaddhanaprabha, winner of the Gold Cup, went from 208 to 40.
It is also worth mentioning what happened in St. Tropez, as the International Polo Cup concluded: Darío Musso, winner of the tournament with Monte Carlo Polo Team, went from 111 to 89.
The MVPs of the month are:
MVP Pro: Gonzalo Pieres
MVP Amateur: Michael Bickford
Star player: Tom Brodie.