TO HURLINGHAM Park in (mostly) sunny south-west London over the weekend for a spot of horseplay at the annual MINT Polo in the Park tournament.
Red chinos and summer dresses were order of the day as polo punters from the likes of Rothschild, asset managers BlackRock, Russian bank Otkritie, brokers BGC Partners and financial spread betting firm IG descended on Fulham for a whole weekend of Pommery, Pimms and polo prancing.
City Friday was the event’s corporate hospitality day which saw City A.M.’s Abu Dhabi team beat MINT’s London team 4 – 3. However, despite trotting through to the final, Team City A.M. lost to IG’s Sydney team in yesterday’s final 5 – 7. Carrot sticks all round.
■ Hotel heiress Paris Hilton may have once trademarked her catchphrase “that’s hot” – but now a celebrity from the world of business and finance has emerged as the frontrunner to take the egotistical trademark baton. Former Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) board member Ken Olisa, who famously quit the company saying the firm was “more Soviet than City” has trademarked the very same phrase with the Intellectual Property Office. Will you see it on stationery near your office soon? The Capitalist hopes not.
■ Among the business-wear-clad contestants and penny-farthing riders (below) taking part in the IG London Nocturne cycling race around Smithfield Market on Saturday were the City’s finest lycra-wearers competing in the City Criterion race. The likes of JP Morgan, law firm Clifford Chance and sponsor IG themselves put up a valiant effort but sportswear firm (and cycling specialists...) Wiggle romped home in first place.