THE VEUVE CLICQUOT GOLD CUP
SUNDAY 20TH JULY - COWDRAY PARK POLO CLUB - By Joanne Hearn and Photos by Nigel Kaye.
The final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship was held on Sunday 20th July at Cowdray Park Polo Club. The Gold Cup has been played at Cowdray since 1956 and has been sponsored by Veuve Clicquot for the last nine years, has always attracted the worlds finest polo players and which every international polo player covets above all others.
Todays final was between the young all-professional newly formed Hildon Sport side who snatched a surprise victory over Dubai in the semi final took them into their first Gold Cup Final and with an average age of 23, taking on the experienced Labegorce team whose lynch-pin is Carlos Gracida ten times winner of the Gold Cup and recently winner of this years US Open. Also playing for Hubert Perrodos Labegorce is Pepe Heguy at 9 goals, and Sebastian Dawnay at 4 goals.
The Hildon team were Nina Vestey, at 3 goals, the highest rated lady player in the UK and the first woman to play in a Gold Cup Final, Mark and Luke Tomlinson at 5 and 7 goals respectively, and Jean-Paul Clarkin at 7 goals, New Zealands best player. The last time three English players appeared together in a Gold Cup side was in 1984
The final was very closely fought with the Hildon team eventually winning by 6 goals to 5. The presentation of the Gold Club was presented to Hildon by Viscountess Cowdray.
The runners-up, Labegorce, were presented with the Harper Spurs and the wife of the Managing Director of Veuve Clicquot, Mrs John West, presented champagne to the two umpires and to the three commentators. Luke Tomlinsons pony won the Best Polo Pony trophy.
The Cartier International / Coronation Cup 2003. The broadcat dates are as follows:
Sunday 24th August 2003
06:30am Sky Sports 1
09:00am Sky Sports 3
16:00pm Sky Sports 3
19:00pm Sky Sports Extra
The programme content will include extensive highlights from the England v Mexico Coronation Cup match, highlights from the Golden Jubilee Trophy and a review of the Gold Cup Final.
As well as the Sky Sports broadcast here in England.