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Polo in England 2017

The British Season: 9 Highlights To Look Forward To

May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
Adolfo Cambiaso's new challenge after 15 years with Dubai: It will be strange to see the polo legend in something other than Dubai’s traditional white and green shirts. This high-goal season, the triple Triple Crown champion teams up with RH, alongside Rodrigo Andrade, Tommy Beresford and patron Ben Soleimani.

La Indiana look forward to proving themselves once again: Michael Bickford's team shone in 2016, reaching the finals of the Queen's Cup and Gold Cup, where they showed an excellent level of play. Luke Tomlinson replaces Julian de Lusarreta this season. The team have clear intentions of being among the favourites.

King Power aim to conquer all: After a perfect 2015 (Queen's Cup and Gold Cup Champions) and a great 2016 (Queen's Cup semifinalist and Gold Cup Champions), Srivaddhanaprabha's team are big favourite in both tournaments, boasting world class players and a first class organization.
 
The HPA-Home Office meeting: Scheduled for June, the result can be even more important than expected. The current English is experiencing great inconveniences due to the visas issue and the changes in regulations, so the outcome of the meeting is of utmost importance. 

Impact due to lack of key players: It was clear that 2017 was going to be a very different year for English polo, but the number of registered teams is not as striking as the absence of several 9 and 10 goals players. There are less teams than in 2016, but the lack of top players such as Juan Martín Nero, Pablo Mac Donough and Polito Pieres, among others, is most surprising. They will indeed be missed.
 
Umpiring: In 2016 the umpiring stood out for positive reasons, so 2017 is a good opportunity to continue growing in this area. New regulations mean a quicker game. 
 
Coronation Cup Rematch: English polo is not only about the Queen's Cup and Gold Cup;  the Coronation Cup, due at Guards Polo Club on July 29, is one of the highlights of the British calendar. This year England face rivals Commonwealth (title holders) once again. 
 
 Expectation of seeing Queen Elizabeth presenting the Queen's Cup once more: Due to her 90th birthday celebrations, HRM Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend the awards ceremony in 2016 as she usually does.
 
Debut of new patrons in the high-goal: In spite of the current situation polo is facing, two new patrons will play the high goal season: Alessandro Bazzoni will play the Queen's Cup and Gold Cup with the Toccalino brothers (they also played together in Dominican Republic), while Mohammed Al Habtoor will play the Gold Cup alongside Nico Pieres.