Caracas Polo wins 22-goal Gold Cup
with 10-8 win in finals
By Alex Webbe
Victor Vargas’s Caracas Polo team (Victor Vargas, Alfredo Vargas, Juan Martin Nero
and Martin Espain) took top honors in the Venezuelan 22-goal Gold Cup Saturday
afternoon at the Caracas Polo Club in the northern coastal village of Tucacas on the
strength of a 10-8 win over Sebucan (Gonzalo Mendoza, Sebastian Harriot, Pablo
Jauretche and Toto Urturi).
The Caracas Polo team went through the tournament undefeated with an impressive
6-0 record in the two week long tournament. Sebucan entered the contest with 3-
2 record, and having previously lost to Caracas Polo 8-5 in the first weekend of the
Los Samanes II (Luis Eduardo, Toto Collardin, Juan Brane and Andres James) took
third place honors in a narrow 7-6 win over Mindanao (Jaime Restrepo, Tomas Franco,
Santiago Cernadas and Jose Villamil). Los Samanes evened their record at 3-3 with
the win while Mindanao’s record fell to 2-4.
Los Samanes (Carlos Silva, Facundo Castagnola, Agustin Canale and Marcelo
Frayssinet) finished in fifth place in the six team tournament with a 10-9 win over Eliet
Polo (Elias Celis, Jose Rivas, Juan Harriot and Julia Diaz). Samanes elevated their
record to an even 3-3. Eliette suffered their fifth loss in six outings for a dismal 11-5
Victor Vargas is responsible for the creation of a high goal polo season in Venezuela.
A regular at the International Polo Club in Wellington with his Lechuza Caracas team,
Vargas is also a familiar face in England, here he played many a high-goal season as
well as at Spain’s Santa Maria Polo Club at Sotogrande.