Wellington, Fla. – May 22, 2017 – The success story of Dutta Corp continued Sunday in the championship final of the Polo Gear Challenge Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club. In only its second competitive year as a team, the 11-goal foursome of Carlitos Gracida, Timmy Dutta, Piki Diaz Alberdi and Tim Dutta knocked off Newport’s 16-goal team of Gene Goldstein, Marc Ganzi, Lucas Lalor and Julio Arellano), 11-7. It was Dutta Corp’s third tournament victory in five weeks. Earlier, the foursome won the Santa Rita Abierto and USPA Sun Cup. Dutta Corp also has two subsidiary titles.
“Piki has a system, we have a system and we play the system,” Tim Dutta said. “If we get beat by the system it’s okay for us. The four of us don’t need to talk in there. Next year will be our third competitive year playing the same team,” Dutta said. “It just works for us, we are blessed. We are superbly mounted. The boys up front have a lot of push. Piki orchestrates and I close the door behind them.”
Argentine seven-goaler Piki Diaz Alberdi, a former 10-goaler in Great Britain and architect of the highly-successful Dutta Corp team, was named Most Valuable Player. Last week, Alberdi was MVP of the subsidiary game.
“We are all very proud of this team, we are having a lot of fun,” Alberdi said. “We are playing a lot together and that is very good for the team. Every day we are getting a little bit stronger and that is good. Today was a very good game. Tim and Timmy are improving a lot and Carlitos is playing well.”
Dutta Corp started off with a five-goal advantage on handicap and built on its lead by shutting out Newport in the second and third chukkers for an 8-1 halftime lead.
“The five-goal lead was never in my head, you have to start out like it’s 0-0,” Timmy Dutta said. “You play as hard as you can and see what happens. We play every team as if they are all 10-goal players. You have to work together and make the plays.”
Newport finally found its offensive punch behind Arellano and Ganzi, taking advantage of penalties and scoring six goals in the last two chukkers but fell short. At one point, Dutta Corp led 11-3 in the fifth chukker. Gracida scored a team-high four goals. Timmy Dutta and Alberdi each added one goal. Arellano led Newport with four goals and Ganzi added three, all on penalty conversions. Timmy Dutta was a member of last year’s Audi team that won the Polo Gear Challenge Cup.
“When you have a big lead it is hard to keep your concentration and we also needed the horses ready for next weekend so you have to save the horses a little bit,” Alberdi said.
“It was good getting back out there and good to win it,” Timmy Dutta said. “The plan is working itself out. It’s going well. The horses are coming together, the players are coming together and the chemistry is back. You can’t ask for a better captain than Piki. He is a pleasure to play with.”
Samba, an 8-year-old Argentine mare, bred by Alberdi and ridden by teenager Timmy Dutta, was selected Best Playing Pony.