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Fred Mannix

"I love playing the Breeders tournament"

April 18, 2017
April 18, 2017
On Polo Challenge RD 2017: "It’s been really good. I knew when I was invited by Víctor Vargas, Gonzalo Mendoza and Leo Matos to come and play that it would be done professionally. We all know Victor does things at a high level, so I was pleasantly surprised. The level was very good; people came to win, they came to play seriously, we brought all the good horses from America and some from Argentina. We put a big effort into it. While we didn’t beat Lechuza, we had two or three games where we were tying in the last. I think that’s a pretty good result for the first year."

On his activities in the Dominican Republic: "We played a lot of golf, which was beautiful. We met some of the locals here that had boats and we were able to go to some of the surrounding islands with the family. My two kids were always asking me when we were going to the beach. That’s a beautiful thing: when you can share a place with the family. I feel really comfortable here. It’s been a blessing."

On the upcoming English high-goal season where he will be playing for Sommelier: "I’ve been invited by George Hanbury and the Hanbury family, and will be playing with Juan Gris Zavaleta and the Australian Alec White. I think it’s going to be a fun team. Obviously, all 3 players have handicaps, efficiency to hit the ball properly and play at a high level. Everyone’s played that level before. We have a very strong coach in Eduardo Novillo Astrada and I think, realistically, that we have to try to make the semifinals and see where we land, because we know that Adolfo is a freak, the Pieres brothers and King Power have been in every final for a long time, and La Indiana made both finals last year. So it’s not just the teams with 10-goalers that can make the finals, and I see it as a very equal tournament. Obviously, I would prefer not to play against Adolfo or Facundo the first games. It’ll be fun. I’m really looking forward to it and it’s a good opportunity. I’m going to give it my all."

On playing the Breeders Tournament: "I’m going to play this every year. I love this tournament - it’s beautiful. We’ve been putting a lot of time, energy and investment into the breed in Argentina, and I see it improving every year. This is going to be my fourth year playing. It’s done at a high level, on really good fields, it's well organised, and they give good prizes to the best horses. It’s a way of recognising a player's efforts breeding horses. I really enjoy it. And the atmosphere it’s very good, so I would ask that all of those interested come and check it out. It’s a really fun tournament."

Fixtures & Teams of the Breeders Tournament:
Day 1, Tuesday, April 18th:
Zone I:
1:30pm: Cautiva vs Antu Wallung Viajera 
3pm: Polo Pureza vs Dolfina Patinadora
Zone II:
1:30pm: Zippy vs Gete Galgo 
3pm: Alberta Supernova vs Arroba Digital

Day 2, Thursday, April 20th:
Zone I:
1:30pm: Winner vs Winner 
3pm: Loser vs Loser
Zone II:
1:30pm: Winner vs Winner 
3pm: Loser vs Loser
Up next: 2° Mounted Auction.

Final: Saturday, April 22. To be played by the best horses in the tournament.

Zone I:
Cautiva: Juan Cruz Merlos, Tincho Merlos, Pite Merlos, Francisco Bargallo.
Antu Wallung Viajera: Cristian Dupont, Facundo Obregón, Paco De Narváez, Martín De Narváez. 
Polo Pureza: Jorge Monsegou, Santiago Monsegou, Pepe Heguy, Nachi Heguy.
Dolfina Patinadora: Santiago Solari, Guillermo Villanueva, Marcos Di Paola, Esteban Scott.

Zone II:
Zippy: Diego Lafuente, Jejo Taranco, Pelon Stirling, Gastón Lauhlé.
Gete Galgo: Delfín Uranga, Tomás Rueda, Santiago Tanoira, Marcos Heguy.
Alberta Supernova: Julio Zavaleta, Fred Mannix, Mariano Uranga, Michel Del Carril.
Arroba Digital: Alejandro Pistone, Manuel Toccalino, Santiago Toccalino, Juanma Echeverz.