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Families and friends join St. Regis Hotels & Resorts to celebrate the start of the international polo season in the Uk with St. Regis International Polo Cup

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Nacho Figueras captained South America, but it was Audi England who emerged winners with 11.5 goals to 8 at Cowdray Park, followed by the inaugural Family Traditions at St. Regis Polo Cup – which pitted St. Regis against Hurlingham polo team

Nacho Figueras captained South America, but it was Audi England who emerged winners with 11.5 goals to 8 at Cowdray Park, followed by the inaugural Family Traditions at St. Regis Polo Cup – which pitted St. Regis against Hurlingham polo team

London, May 19th 2014 – St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), hosted the seventh annual St. Regis International Cup on Saturday, May 17th 2014 at Cowdray Park Polo Club, West Sussex. With St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras captaining South America against Audi England, the high-goal polo match saw Audi England triumph over South America with 11.5 goals to 8, with Audi England regaining their pride after last year’s defeat.

Polo veteran Luke Tomlinson captained the Audi England team, which also featured his brother Mark. The South American team – captained by Nacho – included Eduardo and Alejandro who hail from the renowned Novillo Astrada polo-playing family. The match got off to an exciting start, with Mark Tomlinson scoring from the first line after a pass from Mark Charlton. Two goals scored by Eduardo Novilla Astrada followed, putting South American back in the lead. At the very beginning of the last chukka Luke Tomlinson missed a penalty 4, but a pass from Max Charlton to James Bein resulted in a goal. As the end of the match approached, South America missed a penalty, and Mark Tomlinson ran the whole length of the field to score moments before referee Robert Graham blew the final whistle. Umpires were Julian Appleby and Peter Wright.

Later in the afternoon, spectators were treated to the inaugural Family Traditions at St. Regis Polo Cup match, with Nacho and his son Hilario playing against fellow polo players Andrew Hine – former England polo team captain – and his son Ned. The match between the St. Regis and Hurlingham polo teams proved as exciting as the international test match, with Andrew Hine leading the latter to victory with 6 goals to 5.

“It was a pleasure as always to play at Cowdray Park for the 7th Annual St. Regis International Cup, an experience which was made even more special by the Family Traditions at St. Regis Polo Cup match. Having the chance to play alongside my son Hilario, and being able to introduce him to some of the traditions I have enjoyed as a St. Regis Connoisseur, was an honor and a privilege, and something I hope to repeat in the future,” said Nacho Figueras.

VIP guests got into the spirit of Family Traditions at St. Regis with Anna Friel attending with her daughter Gracie Thewlis, as well as Amber Nuttall attending with her nephew. Other guests included Stanley Tucci, his wife Felicity Blunt, Bianca Jagger, Laura Carmichael, Jeremy Irvine, Cara Theobald, Samantha Barks, Richard Fleeshman, Laura Whitmore, Lilah Parson, Jade Parfitt, Jack Guinness, Alistair Guy, Laura Jackson, Otis Ferry, Ophelia Lovibond, William Banks Blaney, Martha Ward and Astrid Harbord. Watching from the St. Regis hospitality marquee, VIP guests were able to experience signature brand rituals, including the St. Regis signature Bloody Mary cocktail, first concocted at The St. Regis New York 80 years ago. Guests and their families were also treated to St. Regis Afternoon Tea, which included tea sandwiches, English tartlets and scones with strawberry preserve and lemon curd, as well as Perrier Jouet Grand Brut champagne. The younger guests received special Family Traditions lunch boxes, with mini afternoon tea and games to play.

To learn more about the Family Traditions at St. Regis program, please visit www.stregis.com/familytraditions.

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