Nacho Figueras Captains Harry Winston Polo Team to Victory in USPA Royal Salute Jubilee Cup, Labor Day Weekend

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The Harry Winston polo team triumphed, led by captain Nacho Figueras, at the USPA Royal Salute Jubilee Cup on Sunday, Labor Day weekend at Greenwich Polo Club, narrowly defeating Heathcote Polo team 11 – 10 in a thrilling and closely fought 20 goal match.

Hosted by His Grace the Duke of Argyll and Peter Brant, whose White Birch team couldn’t play due to scheduling, the match drew the biggest crowd of the year at Greenwich Polo Club on Sunday 2nd September 2012 pictured here

His Grace the Duke of Argyll presented Bash Kazi, patron of Harry Winston team with the inaugural Royal Salute Jubilee Cup, a specially crafted sterling silver and gilt whisky tumbler created by Asprey. The players were treated to a dram of Royal Salute 21 Year Old Scotch whisky while a Scottish piper signaled a salute to the sportsmanship of the players and their horses, as VIPs raised their own drams of Royal Salute 21 Year Old Scotch whisky to join in the ceremony.

Over 200 local, national and international VIP guests including Judge Judy Sheindan, model and jewelry designer Eva Marcus watched the event from the Royal Salute VIP boxes in the award-winning grandstand at Greenwich Polo Club. The Most Valuable Player prize of a bespoke Scottish cashmere blazer, presented by David Mason for Anthony Sinclair, James Bond’s original tailor, was awarded to Steve Lefkowitz of the Heathcote Polo team.

Commenting on the event, Jill Heisler Director of Lifestyle Brands at Pernod-Ricard USA said: “Royal Salute supports some of the most luxurious polo matches in the world and since the US plays some of the highest rated polo, we are thrilled to be hosting the Royal Salute Jubilee Cup at Greenwich Polo Club. The match was thrilling for spectators and players alike and it was especially fitting to have His Grace, the Duke of Argyll lead a salute to the sportsmanship of both horse and player.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Teams:

HEATHCOTE POLO
Steve Lefkowitz - 0
Naco Taverna - 6
Tommie Biddle - 6
Nick Manifold - 5
TEAM HANDICAP    17

HARRY WINSTON
Bash Kazi - 0
Kris Kampsen - 6
Nacho Figueras - 6
Matias Magrini - 8
TEAM HANDICAP    20

Event Details:
Greenwich Polo Club, North Street, Greenwich 06831, CT, USA
Details at http://www.greenwichpoloclub.com

Royal Salute
Royal Salute starts where other whiskies end, as only the most precious Scotch whiskies aged for a minimum of 21 years are used to create its powerful and sophisticated blend.

The Royal Salute range includes Royal Salute 21 Year Old, Royal Salute Hundred Cask Selection, Royal Salute 38 Year Old Stone of Destiny, and Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute - the oldest permanent whisky expression in the world, with whiskies aged for a minimum of 40 years. Royal Salute has also released a number of limited editions including Royal Salute 50 Year Old and Royal Salute Tribute to Honour.

About Chivas Brothers        
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky with a portfolio that includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

About Greenwich Polo Club
Established in 1981 by Peter Brant, the Greenwich Polo Club is the venue for high-goal polo in the Northeast. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, CT and internationally recognized for its rosters of legendary teams and players, Greenwich Polo Club hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches on Sundays in June, July and September. http://www.greenwichpoloclub.com

About Asprey
Asprey created a specially made Silver and Gilt Whisky tumbler for the patron of the winning team. Asprey, the British Standard since 1781, is renowned as makers of fine jewellery, china, silver, leather, watches, rare books, polo kit, special commissions, and items for the pleasure of giving. http://www.asprey.com

About Anthony Sinclair
Anthony Sinclair are the British tailoring firm that made Sean Connery’s suits in all his appearances as James Bond, from Dr No (1962) to Diamonds are Forever (1971). The company will be creating a bespoke jacket for the Most Valuable Player using navy blue Scottish cashmere, a length of which will be presented on the day by Creative Director David Mason. http://www.anthonysinclair.com

For further information:
Visit: http://www.chivasbrothers.com and http://www.royalsalute.com

Or contact:
Alison Kelley, Rachel Soothill
Rachel(at)veritasis(dot)com / Alison(at)veritasis(dot)com
Tel: +441243836850 Veritasis Limited

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