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LONDON — If the low-hanging grey clouds over Cowdray Park in West Sussex failed to add a sense of drama to the St. Regis International Cup on Saturday, the tumble that St. Regis ambassador and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras took over the head of his horse during the third chukka did.
The captain of the South American team, who last week played against Prince Harry at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Greenwich Park, was thrown over the head of his steed, which then rolled on top of him, breaking his hip.
Across the field, in the St. Regis marquee, there was a sharp collective intake of breath as he fell, which was only released after the ambulance left the pitch, bearing Figueras away to a local hospital, and play resumed. Despite the loss of its captain, the South American team beat Audi’s England team 11 to 9.
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Wearing a Kate Spade coat and a Goat London dress, Amber Atherton, of “Made in Chelsea” fame, also has a few TV projects in the pipeline. “One is for Bravo and is top secret, the other is with Jamie Oliver and about young entrepreneurs,” she said.
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Also enjoying the Champagne, Bloody Marys and scones were Anna Friel, MTV’s Laura Whitmore, Jimmy Choo’s Dana Gers, Value Retail’s Lucy George, Olivia Grant and Diego Bivero-Volpe, and Angela Scanlon.