Hosted at the world-famous Cowdray Park Polo Club in Easebourne, West Sussex, the event will bring together members of the King Power sporting family from its footballing, polo and horse racing branches, combining world-class competition with sporting and community exhibitions.
The centrepiece of the day will be the fourth quarter-final of the prestigious King Power Gold Cup - a tournament Khun Vichai was heavily involved in, both as a team owner and as a polo enthusiast.
A competition steeped in tradition and revered in polo circles, The Gold Cup is one of the world’s premier polo tournaments, attracting the highest calibre of players from around the globe.
King Power has been the title sponsor of the competition since 2018, having seen teams from King Power Polo’s stellar stable reach the previous four finals, winning the title on three occasions.
Following a break from competition in 2018, King Power Polo’s teams return to the Gold Cup this year.
Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha will lead King Power Polo’s VS King Power team against Murus Sanctus on Saturday, before attending Sunday’s event as host of the King Power sporting family gathered in his father’s memory.
Sunday’s quarter-final will see Dubai take on LA Indiana, with the winner to be presented with the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Trophy as well as advancing to the competition’s semi-finals.
Cowdray Park was among Khun Vichai’s favourite sporting locations, where he would often attend to watch King Power Polo teams in action.
In the spirit of his love of so many sports, Sunday’s match will be preceded by a short football match between local school children (1pm), followed by a parade of horses from King Power Racing (2pm), whose growing success is also forming part of the sporting legacy of ‘The Boss’.
Among the horses to be presented will be Cleonte, whose victory in the Queen Alexandra Stakes last month fulfilled one of Khun Vichai’s dreams of owning a Royal Ascot winner.
The day will conclude with polo action in the form of an exhibition match (5.30pm), where some of the world’s best handicapped players will demonstrate their skills alongside some invited amateurs in what should be an exciting and fun spectacle for those in attendance.
Gates for the event open at 11am, with admission charged at £5 per person on the gate (free admission for Under-12s).
Families are encouraged and, while limited food outlets are available, picnics are entirely welcomed. Collections for The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation will be made throughout the day.
A casual dress code is in operation for the event, though a touch of King Power blue is encouraged, as some of Khun Vichai’s sporting family and friends remember a man whose passion for sport and passion for life touched the hearts of so many.
Date: Sunday 14 July, 2019
11am - Gates open
1pm - Local youth football match
2pm - King Power Racing parade
3pm - Polo - King Power Gold Cup Quarter-Final
5.30pm - Polo - Exhibition Match
Address: Cowdary Park Polo Club; Easebourne; West Sussex; GU290AQ.
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