The Queen’s Cup resumed on Saturday May 21 with two games. In the first contest, Twelve Oaks earned their first win against no less than King Power, while reigning champions, UAE, had a successful debut. Both teams emerged victorious with the same score, 12-10. The Queen’s Cup sees fifteen teams up to 22 goals, competing for the coveted trophy.
Twelve Oaks and King Power played a very hard fought match; after having tied in the first and second chukkas, Charles Wooldridge’s team claimed a narrow lead in the two following chukkas, as did King Power in the fifth. In the sixth and last chukka, Twelve Oaks outscored King Power 4-1 and took home the 12-10 win.
The follow-up saw current title holders, UAE, against Monterosso; the winner would take the Royal Horse Show Cup. Following two very narrow first chukkas, Monterosso took the lead by half time, but UAE quickly overcame the situation. A big blow came up in the fourth chukka, when they outscored Monterosso 6-0, to have the scoreboard reading a 10-7 lead for Sheikha Maitha and her boys. However, Monterosso was not that impressed: they made a comeback and closed the gap to just one goal (10-11) with only one chukka left to play. With the battle far from being finished, UAE managed to hold Monterosso back in the last chukka; this allowed them to produce two goals which were enough to win the game and make the first move in order to defend their title.
QUEEN’S CUP – SATURDAY MAY 21
TWELVE OAKS 12-10 KING POWER
Twelve Oaks: Charlie Wooldridge 1 (1 goal), Joaquin Pittaluga 7 (7), Magoo Laprida 8 (4), John-Paul Clarkin 6. Total: 22.
King Power: Top Srivaddhanaprabha 0 (1 goal), Nicolás Pieres 9 (3), Mackenzie Weisz 5 (3), James Harper 7 (3). Total: 22.
Score Twelve Oaks: 1-1, 3-3, 5-4, 6-5, 8-9, 12-10.
Umpires: Ben Turner & Jason Dixon.
Third man: Tim Bown.
BPP UK: Motor Prada (Dolfina Cuarteto x Chapa Vogue). Owned, bred and ridden by Cristian Laprida.
UAE 12-10 MONTEROSSO (Royal Horse Show Cup)
UAE: HH Sheikha Maitha 9, Lucas Monteverde Jr. 5*, Bartolomé Castagnola 9, Tomás Beresford 7. Total: 21.
*Subbed in for Juan Ambroggio 6.
Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni 1, Cubi Toccalino 8, Poroto Cambiaso 8*, Matías Gonzalez 4. Total: 21.
*Subbed in for Pelón Stirling.
Score UAE: 2-1, 3-3, 4-7, 10-7, 11-10, 12-10.
Umpires: Tim Bown & Jason Dixon.
Third man: Ben Turner.
The Queen’s Cup will continue on Sunday May 22, as follows:
12pm: Murus Sanctus vs. Park Place (The Castle Ground-Flemish Farm)
3pm: Great Oaks Les Lions vs. Vikings (The Queen’s Ground)
The final of the Queen’s Cup is set to be played on Sunday, June 12.