Re: the comment about newbies: as a rookie myself (playing for about 6 months), I'm not at all fussed getting beat. Without wanting to kiss arses, it's a privilege to be able to play against the best players! The swiss system from the UK champs was ideal as you get plenty of polo regardless of losses. Also, as a newb expecting not to go too far, having a more social atmosphere (w/music, drinks, etc.) sounds brilliant. IMO, a more serious atmosphere would definitely put off the beginners. Looking forward to the Newmarket tournament, whenever it happens!