Following the break on Tuesday, action for the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup, hosted by Cowdray Park Polo Club, set in Midhurst, West Sussex, resumed on Wednesday June 29, with two games, that had Murus Sanctus and Great Oaks Les Lions victorious over Monterosso and Vikings, respectively. The British Open sees sees fourteen teams up to 22 goals, compete.


In the opening match, Murus Sanctus earned their first win after beating Monterosso 10-11. Corinne Ricard’s lineup got off to a much better start, that led them to a commanding 6-3 lead by half time, but Monterosso had their momentum in the two following chukkas, as they were able to close the gap to just one goal (9-10) in the penultimate chukka. At the end of the day, the last chukka ended 1-1, which meant that the French team earned a crucial first win.


Later in the afternoon, Great Oaks Les Lions, the recent winners of the Queen’s Cup, met Vikings in a very tough contest. Vikings, who received one goal on handicap and had Cristian Laprida subbing in for Diego Cavanagh, who has an injury on his back, retained the first chukka, but the real battle commenced in the second chukka. After two consecutive ties, Vikings claimed the fourth chukka, while the fifth went to Great Oaks Les Lions. A very hard fought last chukka followed, and by the end of regulation time, the scoreboard read a 9-all, which forced an extra chukka. It was Cruz Heguy who produced the winning goal to seal the deal and secure the 10-9 win for Dillon Bacon and company.




Murus Sanctus: Corinne Ricard 0, Marcos Araya 6 (4 goals), Facundo Sola 8 (2), Alfredo Cappella 8 (5). Total: 22.

Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni 1, Ignacio Toccalino 8 (2 goals), Pablo MacDonough 9 (7), Matias Gonzalez 4 (1). Total: 22

Score Murus Sanctus: 1-1, 4-1, 6-3, 9-5, 10-9, 11-10.

Umpires: Peter Wright & Howard Smith.

Third man: Tim Bown.


GREAT OAKS LES LIONS 10-9 VIKINGS (extra chukka)

Great Oaks Les Lions: Dillon Bacon 2, Juan Martín Nero 9 (5 goals), James Beim 6 (1), Cruz Heguy 6 (4). Total: 23.

Vikings: Siri Evjemo-Nysveen 0, Mark Tomlinson 6 (1 goal), Juan Martín Zubía 8 (7), Cristian Laprida 8 *. Total: 22.

Score Great Oaks Les Lions: (0-1) 2-1, 4-4-, 5-5, 7-6, 9-8-7, 9-9, 10-9.

Umpires: Tim Bown & Jason Dixon.

Third man: Howard Smith.

*Subbed in for Diego Cavanagh.


The British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup will continue on Thursday June 30:

12pm: Thai Polo NP vs. King Power

3pm: Park Place vs. Dubai


The final of the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup is set to be played on Sunday, July 17. 


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