Mike McNamee and friends go to see how the other half live.
Three Societies members attended the Coutts International tournament held at the famous Chester Race course, the Roodee. It was a glittering occasion, attended by around 5,000 people, most of whom were up for a party, dressed in their finest summer frocks and hats. Champagne was much in evidence. Polo is not a sport for those of limited means. At this level, the ponies are worth around £10,000 each and each rider brings at least four with them and probably has a few more back at base. This equates to almost a quarter of a million pounds per team! For the writer, the ponies were the stars of the show. Quick, agile and intelligent they went about their business with obvious relish, none of your prima donna thoroughbred histrionics here! Prince William played the day before we were there, Harry is also a keen player, as was their father.