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"Of Adolfo Cambiaso, Asiatic Boy
and the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini"

In two exciting "semi-final" matches played on the number one field at Palermo, La Dolfina and Ellerstina beat Pilara and La Aguada respectively, to secure their spots in the final on Saturday! From all accounts tickets are all but sold out and we expect a well fought game between the 40 goal Ellerstina team and the more experienced 39-goal La Dolfina team when they ride out onto the hallowed ground of Palermo one. Ellerstina will be trying to win the coveted triple crown, following on their previous two wins in the Tortugas and Hurlingham Opens, so will be determined to win this third leg. However, one can never underestimate the magician, Adolfo Cambiaso and when the chips are down he is at his best.

As incredible as the polo, fields, horses and sheer volume of players is, Argentina is not only about polo and we have had a few great days out in the country, topped off by a quick visit to Abolengo Stud and Asiatic Boy. The stud is magnificent and to see Asiatic Boy was certainly special. Having last seen him win the 2007 UAE Derby for Sheikh Mohammed and Mike de Kock, Asiatic Boy then ran up a fantastic second to Curlin in the 2008 Dubai World Cup. He continued under Mike's care for the 2009 season, which included a win in the third round of the Maktoum Challenge, before taking on the American's. He was retired to his native Argentina earlier this year and this is his first season at stud.

Saturday also sees the running of the biggest race on the Argentine calendar, the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini, which is being run at San Isidro and not at the Hippodromo oppostite the Polo fields, so sadly we have to pick one and will have to miss the race.

However, results of the Open will be posted as we have them, so watch this space!

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