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Team Laurent-Perrier secure silverware on the Roodee at the LDF International Polo Tournament 2018.

The great British summer made an appearance on the Roodee last weekend for the LDF International Polo Tournament 2018 at Chester Polo Club.

The perfect weather for polo, visitors flocked to Chester Polo Club to watch four teams battle it out to victory and a substantial £10,000 prize fund. The 2018 season opener and the first game for Chester Polo Club on Semi-Finals Day, Friday 8 June, saw team Laurent-Perrier triumph over V Docs, with an impressive final score of 11-1. The second of the day saw Arbuthnot Latham secure their place in the final against LDF with a result of 7-3.

Between chukkas, guests were welcomed onto the pitch to take part in the polo tradition of stomping the divots. As a Chester Polo tradition, a silver cork was hidden on the pitch, the finder, winning a bottle of Laurent-Perrier courtesy of V Docs.

Finals Day on Saturday 9 June and the first game was a match for third and fourth place. LDF took third place against V Docs with the final score 9-3.

An enthusiastic crowd gathered for the final game of the tournament as spectators cheered on their favoured team. Laurent-Perrier battled against Arbuthnot Latham in a lively game that showcased outstanding talent and sportsmanship. The nail-biting final resulted in a 8-5 finish in favour of Laurent-Perrier.

Matchday commentator, Steven Wundke commented:

“In a see-sawing game the crowd were treated to tense, aggressive and highly skilled Polo and they loved it. It’s an old cliché and whilst Laurent-Perrier picked up the spoils of the LDF Trophy and £10,000, the real winner was the game of Polo. Well done to Chester Racecourse for staging a superb showpiece for a crowd that is learning and appreciating the game more year after year.” Marcus Handcok and Dean Lines umpired the tournament sporting polo shirts sponsored by Stella Artois. In a champagne soaked reception, Most Valuable Player, sponsored by Docutech Office Solutions, was awarded to Michael Henderson (4) from team Laurent-Perrier after scoring an impressive 13 goals in 2 games. Best Playing Pony, sponsored by LDF, was awarded to Tormenta, ridden by Matias Amaya (5), Team Arbuthnot Latham in the first chukka of the final game.

Following their new automotive partnership, Chester Polo welcomed luxury car dealership H.R. Owen to the Roodee. Representatives from the well-established dealership showcased the latest models, pitch-side throughout the tournament. Spectators where welcomed to take a front row seat to the action in the Italian luxury of a Maserati Levante. Style was a key focus throughout the tournament, as guests were invited to browse the latest collections from luxury menswear brand, Hackett, as new partner to Chester Polo Club.

In addition to the action on the pitch, Saturday saw a wealth of extra activities for families including crafts, garden games and face painting which were all extremely popular. Younger spectators who were inspired to play the thrilling sport took to practice their swing on a ‘have a go Polo pony’ and enjoyed the free pony rides on offer. The pop-up shopping village showcased premium brands such as Penhaligon's and The Chester Grosvenor, enabling businesses to engage with the crowd and showcase their latest collections. There was an atmosphere like no other, as the sun shone and Dee 106.3 played throughout the afternoon.

The event raised valuable funds for the nominated charity The Marina Dalglish Appeal and recently knighted Sir Kenny Dalglish was in attendance to support this worthwhile cause and enjoy a day at the polo.

For further information on the event sponsors and the teams involved follow @ChesterPoloClub on social media.

Chester Polo Club returns to Chester Racecourse for The Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup on 7 & 8 September. Tickets and Hospitality are available to purchase online, visit www.chester-races.com/chester-polo - tickets also be purchased on match day. Spectators can gain free entry on Friday for the Semi-Finals and admission is just £8 for adults on each Saturday for the Finals, whilst children are invited to attend either day free of charge*! For visitors looking for an extra special Polo experience, VIP Hospitality can be reserved by 01244 304 631.