Bombay Sapphire Defeats Crab Orchard 8-7 To Capture
Outback 40-Goal Challenge
at International Polo Club Palm Beach
Feb. 19th, '05: Outback 40-Goal Challenge. Click here to view photos by David Lominska.

WELLINGTON, FL – In polo’s version of the All-Star Game, eight of the world’s best players got together and put on a fantastic show as Bombay Sapphire defeated Crab Orchard 8-7 to win the Outback 40-Goal Challenge Saturday at International Polo Club Palm Beach in front of a season-high 3,267 spectators.

This is only the sixth time that two 40-goal polo teams have played each other in the United States. Previous matches were held in 2000 and 2002-2004 at Royal Palm Polo in Boca Raton and in 1990 at Empire Polo Club in California. There was also a 40-goal match in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Proceeds from the gate, a VIP dinner as well as a silent and live auction benefits the Polo Players Support Group, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization which was created to provide financial assistance to seriously injured or ill polo players or grooms.

Spectators were treated to a fast-paced game, featuring long passes, excellent ball control and superb defense.

Lolo Castagnola, who was called two hours before the game to substitute for his good friend Adolfo Cambiaso, was named the MVP. Cambiaso, generally acknowledged as the best player in the world and who was MVP of the 2004 match, could not play because he was sick.

“It was not hard to play because everybody knows how,” said Castagnola. “I was in the stables when Adolfo called and said ‘I have the flu, play for me.’ I am very happy.”

Castagnola’s first goal, with 5:16 left in the third chukker, gave Bombay Sapphire a 4-2. His second goal, with 1:14 remaining in the fourth chukker, put Bombay Sapphire ahead 6-5. Castagnola finished the chukker by making a key defensive stop.

Carlos Gracida scored on a breakaway to tie the game at 6-6 with 4:37 left in the fifth chukker. Both teams missed scoring opportunities throughout the chukker. 

Adam Snow scored on a 30-yard penalty shot with 5:45 left in the game to give Bombay Sapphire a 7-6 advantage. Snow clinched the game with a 10-yard back shot with 2:03 remaining. Bombay Sapphire controlled the ball in the final minutes.

 At 44, Carlos Gracida was the oldest player in the game. He scored two goals for Crab Orchard.

“It became more and more serious as the game went on,” said Gracida, who participated in his third 40-goal contest. “It was fun. It was better than in previous years. The teams were better organized and there were better horses.”

Gracida said he wasn’t surprised that the final score wasn’t higher.

 “You had to work to score,” said Gracida. “You were never free; you were always marked by a 10-goaler.”

Javier Novillo Astrada led Bombay Sapphire with three goals, while Castagnola and Snow added two goals apiece and Mariano Aguerre had one goal.

Azzaro scored his fourth goal with four seconds remaining for the final margin.

Sebastian Merlos added one goal while Miguel Novillo Astrada did not score for Crab Orchard.

Major sponsors include Outback Steakhouse, Bombay Sapphire, Crab Orchard, Carrabba’s, Michelob Ultra, Bud Light Polo, Brown Distributing, Bessemer Trust, Polo Gear, Chukker Collection, The Tackeria, Lady Walton Cookies and Kendall Jackson wines.

Prior to the Outback 40-Goal Challenge, Fred Mannix Jr. scored four goals to lead Polo Canada over Outback/USA 8-7 in the inaugural Jimmer Newman Memorial game. Brandon Phillips and Todd Offen added two goals for the winners. Jeff Hall led Outback/USA with three goals while Nicolas Roldan scored two goals.

 Jimmer Newman, the son of International Polo Club polo manager Jimmy Newman, passed away in October at the age of 24.

High-goal polo continues today (Sunday) at 3 p.m. when Airstream plays Pony Express in the 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup final.

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