The King Power Gold Cup is played to decide the British Open Polo Championship and is the premier polo tournament in the world at 22 goal (High Goal) level.
How the day unfolds at the Cowdray Gold Cup
The King Power Gold Cup is played to decide the British Open Polo Championship. It is the premier polo tournament in the world at 22 goal level. Guests normally arrive late morning to this event in time to start a picnic or enjoy a drinks reception prior to the polo beginning. The Cowdray Gold Cup match takes place in the afternoon and lunch is served in the hospitality area, followed by Afternoon Tea. The presentation at the end of the day is also a highlight, along with treading in the divots at half-time, which is a great celebrity spotting occasion.
Leading polo players from around the world will be playing at this event, such as Adolfo Cambiasso. Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres play for the owners of Leicester City Football Club (the Srivaddhanaprabha family from Thailand). It also attracts a whole host of celebrities from the worlds of music and film. Jodie Kidd, Katherine Jenkins, Chloe Moretz and David Gandy are just some of the famous faces you will probably spot.
Event hotspots and hospitality
Regarded as one of the premier polo sporting locations in the world, the semi finals and finals feature top level high goal matches, which are the equivalent to Formula One, Champions League Football and the America’s Cup sailing. The polo is played in the beautiful setting of Cowdray Park against the backdrop of the Cowdray Ruins. There are several hospitality options and these can now be booked through Sloaney Season and you can find out more here.
Hotspots for general admission visits include the picnic lawns and there are also lots of stands offering superb food and shopping in the retail village.
Did you know
The 40 plus high octane matches that build up to the final start on Tuesday 27th June. The last match decides the winners of the coveted British Open title.
The opening match is played for the Carlos Gracida Memorial trophy in honour of one of the sport’s most iconic former players and celebrates his outstanding talent and record-breaking 10 Gold Cup wins.
Cowdray Park is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo. The game of polo has been played at Cowdray for nearly a century, with the first competitive tournaments being recorded in 1910.
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If you are attending in hospitality then this is a relatively dressy affair. Chic summer outfits are the name of the day and many opt to make a fashion statement at the event. If you are general admission, then smart casual is recommended, as well as comfort.
Cowdray Polo Club, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AQ
The Polo Club has two sets of grounds. The Lawns and River grounds are very near to Midhurst and the Ambersham pitches are located halfway between Petworth and Midhurst. The daily schedule will show which grounds are being used (it’s always subject to last minute change). The polo grounds do not have their own postcodes, but the following are reasonably close: Lawns – GU29 0AJ Ambersham – GU28 0PR. View Location.