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Event review: MINT Polo in the Park

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MINT Polo in the Park - Hurlingham Park, Hurlingham Rd, Fulham, SW6 3NG

THE EVENT: City Friday, MINT Polo in the Park, 2013. The opener of a three-day polo extravaganza featuring a parade of gents in tight white trousers and glossy-maned fillies, both on and off the pitch.

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THE VENUE: Hurlingham Park, Fulham

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THE FOOD: Great to see the KERB street food market trundle into SW6 – proper wood-fired margherita pizza from Fundi, mac and cheese from Annie Mae, homemade gyoza from Rainbo, a brownie or two from Good & Proper Tea… and change from £20.

TO DRINK: Champagne from the Pommery Garden Bar and a suitably camp pineapple-encased rum cocktail from the Mahiki Bar.

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THE TALKING POINT: The Dash, a full-throttle charge to the ball which kicks off each chukka, unique to the event and made us all tremble like medieval maidens. And the handsome Argentinian polo players, who weren't shying away from all the attention.

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WE LOVED: Treading the divots between chukkas (for the uninitiated, when the crowd descends on the pitch to hoof loose bits of turf back to their rightful place – remember the polo match in Pretty Woman?).

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ON THE GUEST LIST: Aw lord – half the cast of Made in Chelsea, obvs, as well as some true polo royalty in the very chiselled form of Jack Kidd and friends.

THE SPONSORS: Otkritie Capital, IG, City AM, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Camino Real, Chesterton Humberts, Audi, Pommery, Gaucho, Stella Artois, La Martina, Aspen Colorado, Club Med, Evian, ZICO Coconut Water, Runwild Media.

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