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Thu 3rd Sep 2020

Deauville Gold Cup Final

Historic win for Aznar family

This year saw the Gold Cup at Deauville International Polo Club celebrate its 70th anniversary, an impressive feat. Marqués de Riscal and Barrière faced each other in the Final of the 70th Martha & Lucien Barrière Gold Cup in front of over 2,000 spectators. Both teams were eager to claim the historic trophy and from the first chukka, it was clear it was going to be an intense competition with end-to-end play. The competition reached a peak in the fourth chukka, which was marred with fouls and even saw Alejandro Aznar temporarily excluded from the match. Marqués de Riscal’s Alejandro Muzzio, later named the Most Valuable Player, sent home the winning goal from a penalty, to secure an 8-5 win for the Aznar – 40 years after his father had claimed the Deauville Gold Cup. 
Machitos Vitamina, an 11-year-old mare bred by Mariano Aguerre and played by Martin Aguerre was the Best Playing Pony. 
Aznar commented, "It's emotional, indeed, it's been five times that I've tried to win this Golden Cup. The match was tense, but I am very happy. I'm especially happy about this goal scored with a mare from my breeding, I'm proud of it. I have ten mares for my breeding and it is a great satisfaction when their offspring reach this level. Then, after this goal, it's true that I got banished two minutes (laughs), I'm a little bit hot, you know, Spanish blood! To tell the truth, I was hit by a player in the leg and it hurt and I shouted at him, but the referee took it for him and sent me to the sidelines. But that didn't affect the result, they didn't score during that time."
The thirty strong troupe of Marqués de Riscal’s polo ponies have now moved on to Chantilly, to try and win the third phase of the French Triple Crown, the French Open, which they won in 2019. Marqués de Riscal will have to defend their title against seven teams, each with an impressive team line-up, with players including Barto and Camilo ‘Jeta’ Castagnola, Guillermo Terrera, Fran Elizalde and Juan Gris Zavaleta, to name but a few. 
70th Martha & Lucien Barrière Gold Cup Final Teams:
Marqués de Riscal (16): Luis Aznar (1), Santiago Cernadas (7), Alejandro Muzzio (8) & Alejandro Aznar (0)
Barrière (16): Ignacio Kennedy (4), Jota Chavanne (5), Martin Aguerre Jr. (7) & Tommy Rinderknecht (0)
Photograph: Marqués de Riscal, winners of the 70th Martha & Lucien Barrière Gold Cup. By RB Presse

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