Audi was eliminated from the USPA Gold Cup with a 12-8 loss to undefeated Valiente in Wednesday’s semifinal at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Playing in only its third game of the 2017 season at IPC, Audi (Marc Ganzi, Tomas Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Rodrigo Andrade) stayed within one or two goals in the first five chukkers while holding Cambiaso to one goal.
Audi led Valiente, 2-1, after the opening chukker and 3-2 midway through the second chukker and tied Valiente three times before trailing by one at the half, 6-5.
On a picture-perfect day for polo, Beverly Equestrian won its first 20-goal game in team history and Dutta Corp rallied for wins on Day Two of the Molina Cup Monday at Valiente Farm and Grand Champions Polo Club.
In front of good crowds and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Beverly Equestrian knocked off Valiente, 10-7, at Valiente Farm and Dutta Corp defeated Casablanca, 12-10.
The two-week tournament continues on Thursdaywith one game, Dutta Corp plays Travieso at 4 p.m
Audi, despite losing its first two games of the USPA Gold Cup, is one victory away from the final at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Playing in only its second game of its 2017 season debut at IPC, Audi (Marc Ganzi, Tomas Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Rodrigo Andrade) dropped an 11-8 decision to Coca-Cola (Gillian Johnston, Julian de Lusaretta, Julio Arellano, Miguel Novillo Astrada) in Sunday’s featured game on Engel & Volkers Field.
Audi also lost its tournament-opener to Orchard Hill, 8-7.
The law of averages is catching up to Goose Creek.
After losing several 20-goal games by one or two goals or in overtime the first two months of the winter season, Goose Creek opened the Molina Cup with an exciting 8-7 victory over Beverly Equestrian on Opening Day of the inaugural Molina Cup.
In front of a good crowd and worldwide ChukkerTV audience at windy Grand Champions Polo Club, the talented foursome of Maureen Brennan, 1, Tomas Garcia del Rio, 8, and father and son Mariano, 7, and Peke Gonzalez, 4, turned back upset-minded Beverly Equestrian (Bill Ballhaus, 0, Carlucho Arellano, 5, Magoo Laprida, 8, Inaki Laprida, 7) to spoil its 20-goal debut.
In one of the most exciting games in Grand Champions history, Travieso staged a remarkable comeback to capture the prestigious Sterling Cup.
In front of a packed house and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Travieso (Tony Calle, 2, Torito Ruiz, 3, Sebastian Merlos, 9, Hugo Barabucci, 6) rallied from a 6-2 halftime deficit for a thrilling 13-8 victory over Casablanca (Harrison Azzaro, 0, Grant Ganzi, 2, Gonzalito Pieres, 9, Rodrigo Andrade, 9) at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club.
It was Travieso’s first 20-goal tournament victory of the 2017 winter season and second in team history since its debut in 2015 at Grand Champions, where it was the winningest team in low and medium goal polo before stepping up to high goal. Travieso (Tony Calle, JJ Celis, Facundo Obregon, Jesse Bray) also won the 2015 USPA North American 20-Goal Cup.
Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation’s busiest polo club, will host its second consecutive high goal tournament of the winter season with the inaugural Molina Cup.
The Molina Cup, a first-year 20-goal tournament, comes on the heels of the successful and historical Sterling Cup that ends on Thursday with the final between Casablanca and Travieso at 4 p.m.
The two-week tournament features a star-studded lineup of some of the world’s top players including Magoo Laprida, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Matias Magrini, Mariano Gonzalez, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Sebastian Merlos and Diego Cavanagh.