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jj the jet plane winning the cathay pacific hong kong sprint winning connections of jj the jet plane hong kong sprint trophy presentation

JJ The Jet Plane
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1)

Of JJ The Jet Plane, Ellerstina and La Dolfina

The Saturday final of the 117th Argentine Open Championship duly got underway, after the opening ceremony, in a light drizzle. Within 3.25 minutes, and a score of 2 - 1 to Ellerstina, the heavens opened, the match was postponed and we proceeded to get drenched getting off the stands!

Thus it was a sad group that headed for the Ezeiza airport on Sunday afternoon with the game set to continue under sunnier skies at 4.30pm, while we waited for our flight.

The sun was shining on some South Africans though, as across the globe JJ the Jet Plane had just lit up the Sha Tin track in Hong Kong by getting up, under a superb ride from Piere Strydom, to win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint from Rocket Man. What a truly remarkable feat for our home grown, home trained and home ridden sprint champion! From the Vuma team, we salute Lucky, the whole Houdalakis team and all the connections for their unwavering belief in JJ, a true South African hero!

To make it an even bigger South African feat, Rocket Man is trained by Patrick Shaw and was ridden by Felix Coetzee.

Back in Buenos Aires; having watched most of the game on ESPN, we got the final score as the doors closed on the SAA flight. The young guns, Ellerstina, had just beaten La Dolfina 14-13 in a nail biting match, which sealed the Triple Crown for them and is a fitting end to their season.

Both teams are splitting up next year, with Juan Martin Nero (MVP for 2010) and Pablo Macdonough joining Adolfo Cambiaso and David Sterling for the 2011 season. That should surely make them a team to be reckoned with and the changes will certainly make for exciting polo.

Regardless of the weather, all in all it was an exciting weekend and JJ has made the sun shine brightly on South Africa!



 asiatic boy argentina polo palermo

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 Photos : Catherine Hartley)

"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!



la dolfina wins the 116th argentine open pi

Winners of the 116th Argentine Open, 12 December 2009

In an exciting encounter between the two highest rated teams in the Open, the older experience of La Dolfina saw them just beating the younger Ellerstina by one goal in extra time.

The Federation if International Polo website summarises the results:
La Dolfina defeated Ellerstina 17 to 16 goals to win the title for the fifth time and this year, in a historic encounter of 40 vs 40 goals.
Mariano Aguerre scored the winning golden goal in extra time.
Pablo MacDonough was named MVP, Adolfo Cambiaso received a prize for the Top Scorer and his mare, Dolfina Cuartetera was awarded the Lady Susan Townley Cup for the Best Playing Pony.

Saturday 14 Novemeber          
  Ellerstina 20 vs 15 Algeria
  Pilara 16 vs 15 Indios Chapaleufu
Saturday 15 November          
  La Dolfina 21 vs 15 El Paraiso
  La Aguada 13 vs   9 Chapa Uno
Saturday 27 November          
  La Aguada 17 vs   8 El Paraiso
  La Dolfina 15 vs 14 Chapa Uno
Wednesday 2 December          
  Pilara 17 vs 14 Algeria
  Ellerstina 13 vs 14 Indios Chapaleufu II
Saturday 5 December          
  El Paraiso 13 vs 12 Chapa Uno
Sunday 6 December          
  Indios Chapaleufu II 15 vs 14 Algeria
  Ellerstina 15 vs 13 Pilara
Monday 7 December          
  La Dolfina 18 vs 13 La Aguada
Saturday 12 Decemeber Ellerstina 16 vs 17 La Dolfina
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