VS King Power and Dubai met on Sunday 21st July in the King Power Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park.
VS King Power who, recently added VS to the team’s name in memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who lost his life in a helicopter crash at Leicester City FC stadium in October 2018.
It was a fast and thrilling game watched by a large crowd – many were seasoned Polo enthusiasts but others were families enjoying the atmosphere and a picnic lunch. At the end of the first half the score stood at 6-4 in Dubai’s favour.
The massive crowd went out to tread-in the divots, the traditional half time mingling on the lawns. The match continued into a seventh chukka, finishing with Dubai winning the King Power Gold Cup on a score of 13-12 in truly breathtaking finish.
Jon Rudkin, Director of Football for Leicester City FC, presented individual prizes to all players, the tournament umpires and commentators before handing the coveted Gold Cup to Rashid Albwardy, son of the Dubai patron. The Most Valuable Player of the match award went to Polito Pieres of VS King Power.
Open Chacota, owned and played by Top Srivaddhanaprabha, was voted Best Playing Patron’s Pony, and Rebalde, owned and played by Camilo Castagnola, was awarded Best Playing Pony of the match, with a rug presented by The Hon Lila Pearson.
Following the match, Ali Albwardy, patron of Dubai said, “It was such an exciting match. I’m proud of all the boys in this young team, they played fantastically – in fact, both teams had a wonderful match. The game was entertaining to watch, hard, fast and exactly what polo should be. I thank Cowdray Park Polo Club for their fantastic organisation of the tournament.”
There is more Polo taking place at world famous Cowdray Park over the summer. For more details see: www.cowdraypolo.co.uk/