Running from June 27 to July 23, the prestigious British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup, hosted by Cowdray Park Polo Club (Midhurst, United Kingdom) is officially underway. Considered one the most prestigious tournaments in the United Kingdom alongside the Cartier Queen’s Cup hosted by Guards Polo Club, fifteen teams will battle for the coveted Gold Cup.
Fresh off the Cartier Queen’s Cup, recently crowned champions Murus Sanctus will seek their second consecutive high-goal title of the U.K. season under the new moniker Talandracas, with the addition of Edouard Carmignac in place of Corrine Ricard.
Green Gates will make their 22-goal debut following their success at the 18-goal level in the Hurlingham Polo Association’s 2022 Victor Ludorum Series.
Hilario Ulloa is one of two 10-goalers representing the Park Place organization.
Each representing the esteemed Park Place organization, the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup will feature two 10-goalers in Facundo Pieres (Park Place) and Hilario Ulloa (Park Place Vaara).
Featuring twenty-six Gauntlet of Polo alumni, the competition heats up as the tournament enters its third week of league play on Monday, July 10, with quarterfinal action slated to begin Saturday, July 15. Park Place, UAE and King Power currently sit atop League A tied with 2-1 records. Dubai leads League B and remains the only undefeated team in the competition at 3-0, while Marques de Riscal occupies the top of spot in League C with a commanding 3-1 record.
Dubai’s Rashid Albwardy about to strike a beautiful tailshot.
2023 BRITISH OPEN POLO CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE COWDRAY GOLD CUP ROSTERS
Park Place (22): Andrey Borodin (0)*, Matt Perry (5), Facundo Pieres (10)*, James Harper (7)
Black Bears (22): Guy Schwarzenbach (2), Antonio Heguy (5), Ollie Cudmore (6), Juan Martin Nero (9)*
UAE (22): HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (0), Lucas Monteverde Jr. (6), Bartolome Castagnola (9)*, Tomas Beresford (7)
King Power (22): Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (1), William Harper (4), Gonzalito Pieres (9)*, Nicolas “Nico” Pieres (8)*
Monterosso (22): Alessandro Bazzoni (1), Lucas “Luckitas” Criado Jr. (6)*, Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino (7)*, David “Pelon” Stirling (8)*
La Magdeleine (22): Alexandre Garese (0), Facundo Fernandez Llorente (7), Pablo Mac Donough (9)*, Santiago Laborde (6)
Dubai (22): Camilo “Jeta” Castagnola (10)*, Rashid Albwardy (2), Beltran Laulhe (3), Rufino Bensadon (7)*
Twelve Oaks (22): Charlie Wooldridge (2), Joaquin Pittaluga (7)*, Cristian “Magoo” Laprida (8)*, Matias Mac Donough (5)
Park Place Vaara (22): Varvara Borodina (0), Martin “Min” Podesta (7), Hilario Ulloa (10)*, Santos Merlos (5)*
Green Gates (22): Noor Khadra (1), Cesar Crespo (6), Francisco Elizalde (8)*, Isidro Strada (7)
Vikings (22): Siri Evjemo-Nysveen (0), James Beim (6), Diego Cavanagh (8)*, Juan Martin Zubia (8)*
Scone (22): David Paradice (0), Matias “Colo” Gonzalez (4)*, Poroto Cambiaso (9)*, Adolfo Cambiaso (9)*
BP Polo (22): Garvy Beh (5), Joevy Beh (3), Benjamin Panelo (7), Genaro Ringa (7)
Marques de Riscal (22): Alejandro Aznar (0), Guillermo “Sapo” Caset (9)*, Santiago Cernadas (7)*, Chris Mackenzie (6)
Talandracas (22): Edouard Carmignac (0), Alejandro Muzzio (7)*, Polito Pieres (9)*, Marcos Araya (6)
*Gauntlet of Polo Alumni
All photos courtesy of ©Pablo Ramirez.