England polo star Tommy Beresford relishing prospect of saddling up with Adolfo Cambiaso

Gareth A Davies
Tommy Beresford will play on the lawns of Cowdray with Adolfo Cambiaso this summer - Copyright: Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com

Tommy Beresford will be one of the most high profile English players this season, as the young 4-goaler plies his trade for Ben Soleimani's RH Team in the high goal stakes alongside the sport's leading name Adolfo Cambiaso.

Speaking exclusively with Telegraph Sport, Beresford, preparing to start the season in a few weeks time, explained that he was relishing the challenge of being on the top table this summer, having worked hard on his game over the winter in Argentina.

"On paper RH looks like quite a good team. We've got good horses. Adolfo Cambiaso has always been very well organised on that front.

"I had a good season last year with Talandracas but Cambiaso being at the top of the game for so many years it's always good to play with him."

Beresford explained that he is acquainted with the Argentine great. "I played with Adolfo in 2014. I subbed him for Dubai when they won the Gold Cup. And I played with him in America for a couple of years there as well. But this is the first time I've been fully incorporated in the main team with him."

Adolfo Cambiaso, left, and Facundo Pieres - the world's top two players - go head-to-head Credit: Tony Ramirez /imagesofpolo.com

Cambiaso, said Beresford, is one of a kind. "He's unique in what he does. That's probably why he has been so successful. You can try and pick up on the things he does but only he can do it. For some reason he has that talent or that mentality that allows him to make things work and gets his horses to go incredibly well.

"Although they're good horses he gets the best out of them. He gives his team mates a lot of confidence so they play well for him. He can pick out the players he wants because everyone wants to play with him."

Some testament, then, to what promise Cambiaso believes Beresford possesses. Beresford has faced the challenge of marking Cambiaso in the past.

"I've only ever played against him a couple of times and I tried to mark him a couple of times and wasn't able to get him. It's pretty difficult, especially because of the horses he has. With how fast his mind works and how fast his horses are, you're not really going get close to him, are you?"

Beresford, very tall at 6ft 5ins, and lean, has put on some weight over the winter. "I'm a little bit heavier. I weighed myself today," he explained. "I've got my personal trainer, Hugo Lewis. Hugo's a qualified personal trainer. He's here in Dubai and a good friend of mine. I'm trying to get rid of a bit of lank."

Beresford got the call from Ben Soleiman's team at the end of December. "Once I'd been contacted, I got in touch with Ben and we made the deal from there."

There is also the Brazilian Rodrigo Andrade in the RH team, as well as Cambiaso and Soleimani. "I know Rodrigo quite well. He has his stable across from me in Argentina. He's an amazing player and a really nice guy. It's a dream to play with Adolfo and him. Rodrigo has won the Queen's Cup and the Gold Cup in the same year and has played the open. He's a seriously good player."

Tommy Beresford launches himself Credit: The Telegraph

And his ambition this year ? "I go into the games just wanting to do as much as I can for the team so that we can win the games. I've got to do my part, whatever that will be that Adolfo wants me to do. I'll do that the best I can. He's the one that is going to control the game and I just have to try and help him."

For now, speaking from Dubai, Beresford heads home, then to the USA, for final preparation. "I'm going to Palm Beach for a couple of weeks now to play a couple of local tournaments. I'll probably meet up with Adolfo there. But nothing has been said about the team tactics."

Then it will be back to the UK. "The horses are at a place called Anningsley Park. The horses are already there so I'll probably go and see them when I'm back in England for a couple of days. Maybe ride a bit. When I come back from America I'll start living there and getting to know everything."

Beresford has worked hard at his game over the winter. He said: "I was in Argentina. I played five or six tournaments. I had horses based in a place called Centauro Polo Club. I was kindly lent some by my uncle Jose Donoso as well so I was able to play a few tournaments. I bought a couple of horses and was just trying to get a bit more organised and maybe play a higher level over there."

"I did a few of the (Argentine) Association tournaments, a few patron tournaments. Nothing too serious at the moment over there. I played the patron ones to get closer to breaking even. Being in Argentina is more of an investment to learning and improving your polo rather than a job."

With his schooldays over, Beresford has yet to decide on studying to back up his polo career. "My parents have supported me fully in what I do. I have always had in the back of my mind going to university and if not maybe doing an online course so I can get a degree or something while I'm travelling. At the moment I haven't started anything. It will probably be something equine or in sports psychology. I haven't quite figured it out yet."

Right now, Beresford, from a familial polo dynasty, has plenty on his plate as the 2017 high goal season looms.

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