Opening wins for Les Lions/ Great Oaks & Park Place
Yesterday, Wednesday 1 July saw the start of the 2020 King Power Gold Cup for The British Open at Cowdray Park Polo Club with opening matches between Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Next Generation and Park Place vs Park Place Vaara. Both Les Lions/Great Oaks and Park Place secured victories. The first match of the day saw a 14-10 win for Les Lions/Great Oaks against Next Generation for the Carlos Gracida Memorial Trophy, featuring the father-son Cambiaso duo, with Barto Castagnola scoring an impressive nine goals for his team while his brother Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola’s mare Cielito, ridden by Alejandro Muzzio, was named as the Best Playing Pony. The second match of the day saw two teams from the same polo set-up face each other with Park Place vs Park Place Vaara. Park Place, fresh from their Prince of Wales Final win last week defeated Park Place Vaara 10-8 in an incredibly hard fought match, which saw Park Place secure four goals in the final chukka to take the win.  Today, Tuesday 2 July saw the action continue with a 10-9 win for Monterosso vs Thai Polo NW at 12pm and later today with Polo Stud Schockemöhle vs Scone (3pm). With all matches are closed to spectators and being played behind closed doors, you can still catch all the live action via Cowdray TV here.  

King Power Gold Cup Schedule:Sunday 5 July: 12pm Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Scone & 3pm Polo Stud Schockemöhle vs Park Place Vaara

Monday 6 July: 12pm Monterosso vs Next Generation & 3pm Park Place vs Thai Polo NW

Thursday 9 July: 12pm Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Park Place Vaara & Park Place vs Next Generation

Friday 10 July – Argentine Ambassador’s Cup: 12pm Monterosso vs Scone & 3pm Polo Stud Schockemöhle vs Thai Polo NW

Tuesday 14 July: Park Place vs Scone & Monterosso vs Park Place Vaara (Time TBC)

Wednesday 15 July: Monterosso vs Park Place Vaara & Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Thai Polo NW (Time TBC)

Saturday 18 July: Centenary Cup Match 1 ¬– Team Ranked 1 vs Team Ranked 6 & Vichai Srivahannabrhaba Match 2 ¬– Team Ranked 4 vs Team Ranked 5

Wednesday 22 July: Ellerston Cup Semi Final Match 4 ¬– Team Ranked 1 vs Winner Match 2 & Tramontana Cup Semi Final Match 4 – Team Ranked 2 vs Winner Match 1

Saturday 25 July: Ashton Silver Cup Subsidiary Final

Sunday 26 July: King Power Gold Cup Final 

King Power Gold Cup Teams:Group ALes Lions/Great Oaks (22): Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola/Alejandro Muzzio (7), Dillon Bacon (2), Barto Castagnola (7) & Santiago Laborde (6)

Monterosso (22): Alessandro Bazzoni (0), Guillermo Terrera (8), Ignacio Toccalino (8) & Jeronimo del Carril (6)

Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0), Kian Hall (3), Gonzalito Pieres (9) & Facundo Pieres (10)

Polo Stud Schockemöhle (19): Echard Jules (0), Patrick Maleitzke (4), Jaime Huidobro (7) & Diego Cavanagh (8)

Group BNext Generation (22): Jean-Francois Decaux (0), David ‘Pelón’ Stirling (9) Adolfo Cambiaso Jnr (3) & Adolfo Cambiaso (10)

Park Place Vaara (22): Zac Beim (1), Will Harper (3), Juan Britos (8) & Hilario Ulloa (10)

Scone (22): David Paradice (0), Ollie Cudmore (6), Nico Pieres (9) & James Harper (7)

Thai Polo NW (22): Ned Hine (3), Jack Richardson (6), Juan Martin Zubia (7) & Rodrigo Rueda (6) 

Photograph: Action from Day 1 of The King Power Gold Cup Final, Next Generation were defeated by Les Lions/Great Oaks. By Mark Beaumont Photography

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