THOUSANDS flocked to Chester Racecourse on Friday and Saturday for the seventh annual Coutts International Polo Weekend.

Blue skies and warm temperatures drew crowds of 6,000 to the two-day tournament – an increase of 1,000.

Spokesperson Rebecca Masters said: “The weather was fantastic again and I think word’s got out that that this is a lovely event. It’s only £6 or free for kids and guests can bring their own picnics and drinks to enjoy in the sunshine.”

With a prize fund of £10,000, the tournament regularly attracts high-profile players and teams from as far afield as India, Argentina and New Zealand.

This year was no exception, with San Miguel snatching victory from Gibro Group in Saturday’s final to claim the prize money and the Coutts International trophy.

This year’s tournament received a surprise boost when Prince William visited the course on Wednesday to take part in a charity event.

The newly-titled Duke of Cambridge took to his horse to raise funds for Mountain Rescue England and Wales, ESSA (English Schools’ Swimming Association) and education charity SkillForce.