Argentina polo pro Juan Cruz Araya Martelli started his spell at Ham Polo Club on the right foot and has his eye on more trophy wins.

The 25-year-old professional helped Quadriga lift the Ham House Trophy - the club's first major tournament of the calendar - on Sunday thanks to a 9-8 final win over Flying Foxes.

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Familiar story: Quadriga captain Martin Hay collects the Ham House Trophy from Mayor of Richmond Cllr Martin Seymour on Sunday

Araya Martelli, Ham's stable manager, is enjoying his first stint playing in the UK after combining spells in Malaysia, Thailand, China and Italy with playing in his homeland.

Ham celebrates its 90th anniversary this summer, with players competing all summer for especially made commemorative medallions.

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Line-up Quadriga (blue) and Flying Foxes (green) line-up for post-match photographs at Ham Polo Club on Sunday

And Araya Martelli, who played the pivotal position of number three in his four-man Quadriga team, is looking to add to his collection.

"It was a great game. The other team made a big effort to come back, but finally we dealt with them," he said of Sunday's dramatic final.

"We wanted to win the trophy and start the summer on the right foot.

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Good way to start: Juan Cruz Araya Martelli collects what he hopes will be many Ham Polo Club 90th anniversary commemorative winner's medals on Sunday

"It is my first year in England, so it was nice to start winning straight away.

"The field is looking great and the horses are well, so it was a great day to enjoy playing polo and I hope to enjoy many more."

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On the charge: Argentina's Juan Cruz Araya Martelli, blue number 3, in Ham House Trophy final action for Quadriga against Flying Foxes


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Lovely day: (from left to right) Spectators Nastassia Ventura, Kathryn Greenwood and Richard Hart soak up the Ham House Trophy finals day atmosphere at Ham Polo Club on Sunday