Friday, 09 March 2018

Bin Drai crowned winners of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



03/09/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Bin Drai won the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 after defeating Abu Dhabi in the final by 13 goals to 9 in a great day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A well deserved triumph for an organization that, after several attempts, finally achieves the most important trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Bin Drai proved that is the best team of the season after playing at a very high level today against Abu Dhabi.
 
After losing the final of the McLaren Cup against Zedan, team made up by patron Rashid Bin Drai, Andrés Laplacette, Matías Torres Zavaleta and Raúl Laplacette became stronger in the Gold Cup and achieved it´s reward by lifting the Julius Baer Gold Cup. Bin Drai was far superior to his rival and showed his intentions from the first minute. They knew they couldn´t waste another opportunity (after losing years ago a couple of finals) and played the best game of the season. Teamwork and concentration from the first minute till the very end were the keys of a deserved 13 goals to 9 victory.
 
Andrés Laplacette was named the Most Valuable Player of the final (MVP) and Cruzeiro (played by Raúl Laplacette in the 1st and 4th chukker) the Best Playing Pony (BPP). Cruzeiro was also the BPP of the McLaren Silver Cup 2018. Desert Palm achieved the Bentley Cup after defeating Habtoor Polo by 7 goals to 5 in the final.
 
Matches Progression:
 
Bin Drai: 2-1/ 5-3/ 9-3/ 12-4/ 13-9
Top Scorers of the match: Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 8 goals & Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) 7 goals.
 
Desert Palm: 2-2/ 3-2/ 5-4/ 7-5/ 7-5
Top Scorers of the match: Camilo Castagnola and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) 3 goals.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy  
 

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi are the finalists of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



03/06/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi will play the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final after winning their respective semifinal matches today against Zedan and Mahra. In a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Abu Dhabi defeated Mahra by 9 goals to 7 and Bin Drai won his match against Zedan by 6 goals to 5. They where two very tough semifinal matches with five chukkers of pure energy and enthusiasm. Teams fought hard to achieve the desired ticket to the final of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, the most important match of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018.
 
Abu Dhabi and Bin Drai had to fight really hard to defeat Mahra and Zedan. Patron Faris Al Yabhouni´s team after a great start (with a 5-1 lead in the second chukker) saw how Mahra closed the gap and put pressure on them till the very end.
Finally in the last chukker they achieved to handle the advantage to close a 9-7 victory.
 
Bin Drai had a similar situation to handle after a comeback in half time and then playing two even chukkers. A penalty from the spot, scored by Raúl Laplacette, decided the game in favor of Bin Drai by a close 6 goals to 5.
 
Matches Progression:
 
Abu Dhabi: 1-1/ 5-1/ 5-3/ 6-5/ 9-7
Top Scorers of the match: Isidro Strada (Mahra) & Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 4 goals.
 
Bin Drai: 1-2/ 1-2/ 3-3/ 5-5/ 6-5
Top Scorer of the match: Rául Laplacette (Bin Drai) 4 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Monday, 05 March 2018

Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm will play the Bentley Cup Final



03/05/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm will play the Bentley Cup Subsidiary Final of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 after winning today their respective matches against UAE Polo and Wolves. In a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Desert Palm defeated Wolves by 11 goals to 7 and Habtoor won his match against UAE Polo by 8 goals to 7. With this results both teams will play the Bentley Cup Final on Friday 9th March before the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final, the most important trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018.
 
Matches Progression:
 
Desert Palm: 2-2/ 4-3/ 6-4/ 9-5/ 11-7
Top Scorer of the match: Camilo Castagnola (Desert Palm) 7 goals
 
Habtoor: 0-1/ 3-3/ 5-5/ 7-5/ 8-7
Top Scorers of the match: Francisco Elizalde (Habtoor) & Polito Pieres (UAE) 4 goals
 
Julius Baer Gold Cup Semifinals
The semifinals of the Julius Baer 2018 will be held tomorrow from 2.30 pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Abu Dhabi will face Mahra from 2.30 followed by Zedan vs Bin Drai from 4 pm in two games that promise great polo level and excitement.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Friday, 02 March 2018

Zedan and Mahra qualify to the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018

 

03/02/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Zedan and Mahra will play the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 against Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi after winning today their respective quarterfinal matches in a thrilling double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Zedan defeated Habtoor Polo by 12 goals to 9 and Mahra defeated Wolves in over time by 8 goals to 7. With these victories both teams qualified to semifinals where Zedan will play against Bin Drai and Mahra will face Abu Dhabi. Both matches will be held next Tuesday 6th March at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
On the other hand, Habtoor Polo and Wolves will play the Bentley Cup Subsidiary Semifinals next Monday 5th March. Habtoor will play against UAE Polo and Wolves will face Desert Palm.
 
Matches Progression:
 
Zedan: 4-1/ 5-3/ 8-4/ 11-6/ 12-9
Top Scorer of the match: Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) 7 goals
 
Mahra: 2-0/ 4-3/ 5-6/ 6-6/ 7-7/ 8-7
Top Scorer of the match: Manuel Crespo (Wolves) 6 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Bin Drai wins and makes its way to the semifinals



02/27/2018: DUBAI, UAE: In another exciting double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Bin Drai qualified to the semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 while Habtoor and Mahra joined Zedan and Wolves in the quarterfinal round to be held next friday.
 
In today’s matches, Bin Drai defeated Mahra by 9 goals to 6 after a great team performance and Habtoor won his match against Desert Palm by 7 goals to 6 in a very contested game. Bin Drai Polo proved once more that is a very serious foursome and a tough opponent and with today’s victory against Mahra qualified directly to the semifinals where they join Abu Dhabi.
 
Match Progression:
 
Bin Drai: 2-2/ 4-2/ 5-2/ 7-3/ 9-6
Top Scorer of the match: Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) 3 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Habtoor Polo achieved a decisive victory against Desert Palm in a very close game. They played knowing that the winner will be in the quarterfinal round and both teams fought hard during the five chukkers for the big prize.
A great individual action by Francisco Elizalde, with one minute to go, gave Habtoor Polo the victory and the ticket to the next round of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018.
 
Habtoor: 0-2/ 3-3/ 5-5/ 6-6/ 7-6/
Top Scorer of the match: Bautista Urbina (Habtoor) 4 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will return next Friday to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the Quarterfinal matches for the Julius Baer Gold Cup.
Zedan Polo will play against Habtoor from 2 pm followed by Wolves against Mahra from 4 pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Monday, 26 February 2018

Abu Dhabi ends unbeaten in the qualification round of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/26/2018: DUBAI, UAE: The qualification round for the Zone A of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 ended this afternoon with victories by Abu Dhabi and Zedan. Abu Dhabi defeated UAE Polo Team by 7 goals to 6 and Zedan won his match against Wolves by 9 goals to 8. With this results Abu Dhabi ended unbeaten the qualification round and made it directly to the semifinals while Zedan (who achieved the second place in the zone) and Wolves will play the quarterfinal round with rivals to be determined in tomorrow Zone B last qualification games.
 
Matches Progression:
 
Zedan: 2-0/ 2-2/ 4-5/ 8-6/ 9-8
Top Scorer of the match: Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) 4 goals
 
Abu Dhabi: 1-0/ 2-0/ 4-1/ 6-2/ 7-6
Top Scorers of the match: Faris Al Yabhouni (Abu Dhabi) and Polito Pieres (UAE) 3 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with the last qualification matches for Zone B and a lot to be decided. Bin Drai will play against Mahra from 2pm followed by Habtoor Polo vs Desert Palm from 4 pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Friday, 23 February 2018

Mahra wins the “derby” and earns a spot in the Quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/23/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Another exciting double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club was held today for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018. Desert Palm defeated Bin Drai by 9 goals to 8 and Mahra beat Habtoor Polo in extra chukker 10 goals to 9. They were two very close matches, played with a lot of intensity and suspense till the very end. In the opening game Desert Palm played a great second half to turn over a match that was really complicated. Patron Rashid Albwardy´s team achieved to reduce a two goal gap and score a 3-0 in the fourth chukker and finished the great work in the last seven minutes for a 9 goals to 8 victory that keeps them with chances to qualify for the next round. 
 
Match Progression:
 
Desert Palm: 1-1/ 2-3/ 4-6/ 8-6/ 9-8
Top Scorers of the match: Camilo Castagnola (Desert Palm) & Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) 5 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Mahra won the “derby” against Habtoor Polo in OT by 10 goals to 9 with Jerónimo del Carril scoring the winning goal for patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team that gives them a secure place in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup 2018.
 
It was a very tough match, even in actions and score. Chances were equal and anyone could have won, but it was that great action by Del Carril after winning the first OT throw-in that made the difference and gave Mahra the victory.
 
Mahra: 1-2/ 3-5/ 6-6/ 7-8/ 9-9/ 10-9
Top Scorer of the match: Bautista Urbina (Habtoor) 5 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will return to the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club next Monday with the last qualification matches for Zone A.
Zedan Polo will play against Wolves from 2 pm followed by UAE Polo against Abu Dhabi from 4 pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Abu Dhabi wins and is the first team to qualify for the Semifinals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018

 

02/22/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Abu Dhabi Polo won his second match in a row and is the first team to qualify for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 semifinals after an exciting double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Abu Dhabi defeated Zedan by 14 goals to 6 and Wolves won his match against UAE Polo by 8 goals to 6 results that put Zedan and Wolves in quarterfinal games.
 
In the opening game Abu Dhabi had a superb team performance and achieved a deserved victory that was built from the very beginning of the match. Patron Faris Al Yabhouni´s team had a 4-0 lead in the first seven minutes and remained unstoppable till the very end.
 
Match Progression:
 
Abu Dhabi: 4-0/ 5-3/ 9-4/ 13-6/ 14-6
Top Scorer of the match: Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 9 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Wolves Polo achieved another great victory against UAE Polo (they also beat them in the McLaren Cup) after a great teamwork and attitude. Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor´s team fought hard during all the game to overcome a tough opponent like UAE Polo.
 
Wolves: 1-1/ 3-2/ 5-3/ 7-3/ 8-6
Top Scorer of the match: Manuel Crespo (Wolves) 4 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2pm Bin Drai will play against Desert Palm followed by Habtoor Polo facing Mahra from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A last second goal gives Bin Drai a great victory



02/18/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Bin Drai defeated Habtoor Polo by 9 goals to 8 in the third action day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A last second goal scored by Matías Torres Zavaleta gave Bin Drai the triumph in an exciting match.

The game had two well-marked moments. In the first half Habtoor Polo had the control of the actions and the score achieving a three-goal difference in the first 14 minutes. However, in the second half Bin Drai made a great comeback and the game leaned to his side. They closed the gap at the end of the third chukker and took the lead in the fourth. With the match tied in 8 goals and 30 seconds to go, Matías Torres Zavaleta had the chance to score and did not fail.
 
Match Progression:
 
Bin Drai: 0-3/ 2-5/ 4-6/ 8-7/ 9-8
Top Scorer: Matías Torres Zavaleta (Bin Drai) 4 goals.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will resume on Thursday with a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2 pm, Zedan will play agains Abu Dhabi followed by Wolves against UAE Polo from 4 pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy
 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mahra strikes first in the Zone B of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/17/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Mahra defeated Desert Palm by 10 goals to 9 in the second action day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Mahra takes the lead in the Zone B after winning a very tough match against Desert Palm. After two even chukkers (2-2/ 3-3), patron Rashid Al Habtoor´s team (replaced today by Khalid bin Drai) played a superb third chukka that gave them the lead by four goals. Mahra kept a 4-goal gap also on the fourth chukker and seemed to close the game without risks. However, Desert Palm foursome made a great comeback in the last period to tie the game in 9 goals with 1 minute to go, time when Benjamín Urquiza, after a great individual action, scored the winning goal for Mahra Polo Team. 
 
Match Progression:
 

Mahra: 2-2/ 3-3/ 8-4/ 9-5/ 10-9
Top Scorers: Isidro Strada (Mahra), Bartolomé Castagnola and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) 6 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with another single match for the third action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Habtoor Polo will play against Bin Drai from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Abu Dhabi and Zedan had a successful premiere at the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



02/16/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Abu Dhabi Polo Team and Zedan Polo had a successful debut at the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 that kick off today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Abu Dhabi defeated Wolves by 8 goals to 5 and Zedan won his match against UAE Polo by 13 goals to 9 in an attractive double action day.
 
In the opening game of the Julius Baer Gold Cup, two full speed initial chukkers by Abu Dhabi, with a 3-0 and 5-1 in the score, made the difference for the rest of the game despite Wolves great effort to get back in the match.
 
Match Progression:
 
Abu Dhabi: 3-0/ 5-1/ 5-2/ 6-4/ 8-5
Top Scorer of the match: Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 6 goals
 
In the second match of the day, Zedan Polo Team, the McLaren Cup winners and defending champions of the Gold Cup, started the 2018 edition in the best way.
Patron Amr Zedan´s team played a great match, with a perfect foursome performance and ten goaler superstar, Pablo Mac Donough scoring 7 goals.
 
Zedan: 2-2/ 5-3/ 7-5/ 13-5/ 13-9
Top Scorer of the match: Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) 7 goals
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will continue tomorrow with a single match for the second action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Mahra Polo will play against Desert Palm from 4pm.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy
 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

UAE Polo wins the Masters Cup 2018



02/15/2018: DUBAI, UAE: UAE Polo Team is the new champion of the Masters Cup, the second trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, after defeating Habtoor Polo in the final by a 5.5 goals to 5. In a very close match, HH Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum team won the trophy thanks to a great goal scored by teenager Lucas Monteverde Jr. after going in disadvantage during almost all the game.
 
Both teams played at a very high level and offered a great spectacle in field 2 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Before the final Wolves defeated RA Polo by 5 goals to 4 and achieved the third place of the Masters Cup.
 
Match Progression
 
FINAL - UAE: 1.5-2/ 1.5-3/ 3.5-4/ 5.5-5
 
THIRD PLACE - Wolves: 1-1/2-3/ 3-4/ 5-4
 
The Julius Bär Gold Cup
The Julius Bär Gold Cup, the most important tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, will begin tomorrow at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A double action day will open the tournament, starting at 2pm with Wolves facing Abu Dhabi Polo Team followed by Zedan Polo against UAE Polo from 4pm.
 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

UAE Polo wins and makes it to the final of the Polo Masters Cup



02/13/2018: DUBAI, UAE: In the third action day of the Masters Cup, the second trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, UAE Polo won his match against Mahra and is the first team to qualify to the final of this tournament. A double action day was held this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with UAE Polo defeating Mahra by 10.5 goals to 7 and Habtoor Polo winning against RA Polo by 9 goals to 4. With these results, Habtoor Polo, Mahra and RA Polo will decide the remaining spot in the final by a penalty shootout to be held tomorrow from 10 am at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five teams up to 10-goal handicap are taking part of this tournament.

Match Progression:

UAE: 1.5-2/6.5-3/ 8.5-5/ 10.5-7
Habtoor: 2-2/6-2/ 8-3/ 9-4

The Masters Cup will come to an end next Thursday 15th February with the final of the tournament from 4 pm at field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Before the final a round robin will be held from 2 pm.
 

Monday, 12 February 2018

RA Polo have a successful debut in the Polo Masters Cup



02/12/2018: DUBAI, UAE: RA Polo defeated Wolves by 6 goals to 4 in the second day of action at the Polo Masters Cup, the second tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018. RA Polo, patron Rashid Al Falahi´s team, had a successful debut in the tournament with a deserved victory in the match held this afternoon at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five teams up to 10-goal handicap are taking part in this tournament.

Match Progression:

RA Polo: 1-0/3-1/ 5-3/ 6-4

The Masters Cup will continue tomorrow with a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Starting at 2 pm the winners of the opening day, Mahra and UAE Polo will be face to face followed by Habtoor Polo vs RA Polo from 4pm.
 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018, the region’s premier polo tournament celebrates its second year on its ne



02/11/2018: DUBAI, UAE: The region’s largest polo tournament, held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, returns for its ninth edition to its new home ground, the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club in Dubailand. The live draw for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 fixture was conducted on Sunday, 11 February 2018 at The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman & CEO of the Al Habtoor Group Founder of the Gold Cup Series and Patron of the Habtoor Polo team was joined by Saman Habibian, Head GCC International at Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., Joseph Rogan, Prestige Director, Al Habtoor Motors (Bentley Emirates), Santiago Torreguitar, Tournament Director at Emirates Polo Association, and Victor Zhuravskiy, CEO, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC.
 
Held under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 will open its gates to the public on 16 February 2018 with the long-awaited final scheduled for 9 March 2018. For the fourth consecutive year, the tournament is sponsored by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private bank. The highly anticipated and must-see event on the international polo calendar will host hundreds of polo fans from across the UAE, VIPs, and socialites who will get the chance to enjoy the great ambiance of the five-star property. 
 
Eight internationally renowned teams will be playing in this year’s tournament, which is said to be “a true testament to great polo tournaments within the UAE.” Participation has been confirmed by the UAE Polo Team led by Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “With eight world class teams and a line-up of exceptional players, polo fans and guests are guaranteed to experience some exciting matches and top sportsmanship in the coming weeks.”
 
Saman Habibian, Head GCC International at Bank Julius Baer & Co. said, “This year’s edition of the Julius Baer Gold Cup is very special as it cements the game’s status as the leading polo competition in the region. Through this platform, Julius Baer is very excited to support Dubai’s emergence as a premier hub for equestrian sports and events. Polo perfectly embodies a commitment to exceptional quality and a heritage of excellence – values that we look to bring to our clients every day. We wish the competing teams all the success and a great show for the fans.” 
 
Winners of the 2018 Julius Baer Gold Cup will not only be awarded a prestigious title and trophy, but they will also be given timeless gifts from the sponsors and patrons.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy 
 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Victories by Mahra and UAE Polo in the opening day of the Polo Masters Cup



02/11/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Mahra Polo Team and UAE Polo Team premiered with two deserved victories in the opening day of the Polo Masters Cup, the second tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018. Mahra was defeated by 8 goals to 6 to Wolves and UAE Polo beat Habtoor by 5.5 goals to 4 in a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five teams with up to a 10-goal handicap took part in this tournament.

Match Progression: 
Mahra: 2-0/4-1/ 7-3/ 8-6
UAE: 4.5-0/5.5-0/ 5.5-1/ 5.5-4

The Masters Cup will resume tomorrow with RA Polo facing Wolves from 3 pm at field 2 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 

Friday, 09 February 2018

Zedan Polo Team wins the McLaren Cup 2018



02/09/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Zedan Polo Team is the new champion of theMc Laren Cup, the first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐goals handicap competition, after defeating Bin Drai Polo in the final by 9 goals to 8.5 this afternoonat the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
It was an exciting final day with a perfect ending for a great tournament. Zedan achieved another trophy, and it´s the fourth title in arow in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, after winning the Gold Cup in 2015 and 2017 and the Silver Cup in 2016 and 2018. Pablo Mac Donough, ten goaler La Dolfina superstar, once againwas the hero after scoring a30-­‐yard penalty in the last action of the final to give Zedan the victory. A worked up triumph against Bin Drai who fought really hard and had their chances to win the game.
 
The talent of Mac Donough to twist a match that with 38 seconds to go was almost lost and to score the winning goal from the 30 yards made the difference. A big applause for Bin Drai who played a great match, with Raúl Laplacette as the MVP and top scorer of the final with 5 goals and also his horse Cruzeiro awarded as the Best Playing Pony.
 
Final Match Progression:
 
Zedan-­‐ 1-­‐2.5/ 6-­‐2.5/ 6-­‐4.5/ 6-­‐7.5/ 9-­‐8.5
 
Before the final of the McLaren Cup, Habtoor Polo Team defeated UAE Polo by 11 goals to 8 to win the Hildon Cup. Bautista Urbina (Habtoor) and Polito Pieres (UAE) were the top scorers of the match with 5 goals each.
 
Match Progression:
 
Habtoor Polo-­‐ 3-­‐0/ 7-­‐2/ 8-­‐5/ 9-­‐7/ 11-­‐8
 
Polo masters Cup
 
With a double action day next Sunday 11th February, the Polo Masters Cup, the second tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, will kick off at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Action starts at 2 pm with Wolves facing Mahra followed by UAE against Habtoor from 4 pm.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10 to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with thetournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough,the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Zedan and Bin Drai to play in the final of the McLaren Cup 2018



02/07/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Zedan and Bin Drai are the finalists of the Mc Laren Cup, the first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐goals handicap competition, after winning their semifinal matches this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
In an exciting double action day, Zedan defeated Mahra by 10 goals to 6.5 while Bin Drai did the same against Wolves by a close 7.5 to 7. Pablo Mac Donough, ten goaler La Dolfina superstar, made once again the difference after a superb third chukker that turned the game in favor of Zedan. After two even chukkers, Mac Donough started the chukker on his mare Paloma and this perfect combination never fails. Zedan Polo Team took control of the game and achieved a 3-­‐goal gap that was decisive for the rest of the game. Mahra fought till the very end but Zedan ´s victory was never in danger and deservedly qualified to the McLaren Cup final.
 
Match Progression:
 
Zedan-­‐ 2-­‐2.5/ 4-­‐3.5/ 7-­‐3.5/ 8-­‐4.5/ 10-­‐6.5
 
Top Scorer of the match: Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) 6 goals
 
The second semifinal of the day faced two teams with similar skills and the final result of the matchshows it clearly. A half goal handicap difference in favor of Bin Drai was vital for the final victory of patron Sunil Bin Drai, which in today´s match replaced injured Rashid Bin Drai. Both teams battled during the five chukkers but it was Bin Drai the one that took the last ticket to the final of the McLaren Cup.
 
Match Progression:
 
Bin Drai-­‐ 2.5-­‐1/ 4.5-­‐2/ 4.5-­‐4/ 6.5-­‐5/ 7.5-­‐7
 
Top Scorer of the match: Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) and Manuel Crespo (Wolves) 4 goals
 
The final day of the McLaren Cup will be held next Friday, (February 9th) at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club with Habtoor Polo playing against UAE Polo the final of the Hildon Cup from 2 pm and Zedan vs Bin Drai for the McLaren Cup final.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­‐largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 
The final of the McLaren Cup will take place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land. The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:
 
  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Sunday, 04 February 2018

Wolves and Zedan Polo also make it to the semifinals of the McLaren Cup



02/04/2018: DUBAI, UAE: After achieving two great victories, Wolves and Zedan Polo qualify for the semifinals of McLaren Cup, the opening trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐goals handicap competition. Wolves defeated Mahra by 9 goals to 8.5 and Zedan did the same with Habtoor Polo by 10 goals to 8 in a exciting double action day at the AlHabtoor Polo Resort & Club. Thrilling matches, great polo level and two deserved winners in today´s games.
 
After today´s victories, Wolves and Zedan will join Mahra in the next stage of the McLaren Cup where there´s still one place to be decided between three teams: UAE Polo, Bin Drai and Habtoor Polo. The remaining spot in the semifinals will be determined by a penalty shootout from 11 am at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Match Progression:
 
Wolves: 1-­‐2.5/4-­‐3.5/ 5-­‐5.5/ 8-­‐6.5/ 9-­‐8.5
 
Top scorer of the match: Isidro Strada (Mahra) with 6 goals.
 
Zedan: 3-­‐2/4-­‐4/ 6-­‐5/ 8-­‐6/ 10-­‐8
 
Top scorer of the match: Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) with 8 goals.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­‐largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with thetournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open”.
 
The final of the McLaren Cup willtake place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land.
 
  • The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:
  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Saturday, 03 February 2018

UAE Polo wins and joins the battle of the semifinals qualifying round



02/03/2018: DUBAI, UAE: UAE Polo achieved a vital win against Bin Drai by 7 goals to 6 in today´s match for the six day of action for the McLaren Cup, the opening trophyof the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐ goals handicap competition, at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
With this victory, HH Sheika Maitha Al Maktoum´s team joins the battle for the remaining three places in the semifinals. With today´s first two points, UAE Polo equals Habtoor, Wolves, Bin Drai and Zedan. Tomorrow´s last qualification matches will clear up the situation but there´s still a lot to decide. A victory will put Wolves, who plays against Mahra (already classified) in semifinals, the same for Habtoor or Zedan, which play against each other. Meanwhile, UAE and Bin Drai will be expectant of what happens.
 
Match Progression:
 
UAE: 1-­‐2/2-­‐2/ 4-­‐2/ 6-­‐5/ 7-­‐6
 
Top scorer of the match: Polito Pieres (UAE) with 5 goals.
 
The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow with a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Club & Resort that will start at 2 pm with Wolves facing Mahra in field 1 followed by Habtoor Polo against Zedan in field 2.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­‐largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with thetournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 
The final of the McLaren Cup willtake place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land.
 
  • The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:
  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Friday, 02 February 2018

Mahra Polo wins and qualifies to the semifinals of the McLaren Cup 2018



02/02/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Mahra Polo defeated Zedan by 5.5 goals to 5 in the single match held today for the McLaren Cup, the opening trophy of theDubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐goals handicap competition, at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
This victory makes patron´s Rashid Al Habtoor team the first one to reach the semifinals of the tournament after a 2-­‐2 win record. Mahra and Zedan held a superb polo match, with great polo level and full speed actions during the five chukkers match. Actions and the score was even during all the game and the half goal handicap for Mahra, as in the first match against Bin Drai, made again the difference. Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) was the top scorer of the match with 4 goals and Jerónimo del Carril the top scorer in Mahra with 4.
 
Match Progression:
 
Mahra: 1.5-­‐1/3.5-­‐2/ 4.5-­‐3/ 4.5-­‐4/ 5.5-­‐5
 
The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow with UAE Polo playing against Bin Drai from 2 pm at field 3 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­‐largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with thetournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 
The final of the McLaren Cup willtake place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land. The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:
 
  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Bin Drai achieves a great victory against Habtoor Polo for the McLaren Cup 2018



02/01/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Bin Drai achieves a great victory against Habtoor Polo for the McLaren Cup 2018 01/02/2018
Bin Drai defeated Habtoor Polo by 9 goals to 8 in the single match held today for the McLaren Cup, the opening trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐goals handicap competition, at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
It was a great victory for patron Rashid Bin Drai´s team to get back on the competition and to put the tournament much more even than it was before.
After five full speed chukkers, Bin Drai achieved to defeat Habtoor Polo and now both teams have one victory each leaving their chances to reach semifinals in their last qualifying matches this weekend.
 
Francisco Elizalde (Habtoor Polo) was the top scorer of the match with 7 goals and Raúl Laplacette the top scorer on the winning team with 5.
 
Match Progression:
 
Bin Drai: 2-­‐3/ 4-­‐4/ 7-­‐5/ 8-­‐7/ 9-­‐8
 
The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow with Mahra Polo playing against Zedan from 2 pm at field 1 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10 to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14 to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­‐largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 
The final of the McLaren Cup will take place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land.
  • The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:
  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Mahra Polo and Wolves Polo proclaimed winners in the second action day of the McLaren Cup 2018



29/01/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Mahra Polo and Wolves Polo achieved great victories in today’s double action day for the McLaren Cup, the opening trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18--‐goals handicap competition, at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Mahra Polo defeated Bin Drai by a close 6.5 goal to 6 and Wolves Polo defeated UAE Polo by 10--‐7. So far all the teams have played in the tournament and all shown a competitive streak. In the first game of the day, the half goal handicap difference in favor of Mahra was decisive to win a very even match against Bin Drai.  In their debut game for the McLaren Cup both teams showed a good performance and will be a tough opponent for the rest of the teams.
 
Match Progression:
 
Mahra Polo--‐ 1.5--‐1/ 2.5--‐2/ 5.5--‐3/ 5.5--‐4/ 6.5--‐6
 
In the second match of the day, Wolves Polo achieved a great victory against UAE Polo by 10 goals to 7 with a performance that touched perfection. Wolves teamwork was the clue to defeat a really tough opponent like UAE Polo with 10 goaler superstar Polito Pieres in the team.
 
After a close first half, Wolves, patron Habtoor Al Habtoor’s team, raised the level to increase the gap to 3 goals in the beginning of the second half and despite of UAE Polo comeback in the fourth chukker (7--‐6) they achieved to control the actions and score three more goals in the last seven minutes of the match for the final 10--‐7 victory.
 
Match Progression:
 
Wolves Polo--‐ 3--‐2/ 4--‐3/ 7--‐4/ 7--‐6/ 10--‐7
 
The McLaren Cup will continue this Thursday, 1 February with, Habtoor Polo playing against Bin Drai Polo at field 2 of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Five high--‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10 to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14 to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top--‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10--‐goal superstar and three--‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10--‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8--‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8--‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8--‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 
The final of the McLaren Cup will take place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land. There are six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:

 

  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo had a successful opening at the McLaren Cup 2018



26/01/2018: DUBAI, UAE:The McLaren Cup, the opening trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2018, 18-­‐ goals handicap competition, began today with victories by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo in an exciting double action day at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
Habtoor Polo defeated Wolves Polo by 5 goals to 4 and Zedan Polo defeated UAE Polo by 8-­‐7. Two close matches for an exciting opening day followed by a huge crowd at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
In the first game, Habtoor Polo, patron’s Mohammed Al Habtoor team, played a good first half but in the         last two chukkers, with Wolves putting a lot of pressure on them leveled the match. The talented 8  goaler handicap, Francisco Elizalde took control of the actions and scored the decisive goal in the last chukker for Habtoor’s Polo 5-­‐4 victory. Fran Elizalde was the top scorer in the winning team with 3 goals and Habtoor Al Habtoor, with  2, the  top  scorer of Wolves Polo  team.
 
Match Progression:
 
Habtoor Polo-­‐ 2-­‐0/ 3-­‐2/ 4-­‐3/ 4-­‐3/ 5-­‐4
 
In the second match of the day, Zedan Polo achieved a great victory against UAE Polo by 8 goals to 7 in a very close and thrilling game.
Zedan Polo, patron’s Amr Zedan team, began the match at full speed for a 3-­‐1 lead in the first seven minutes. But quick comeback by patron’s HH Sheika Maitha team, put UAE Polo on the lead by 5-­‐4 at the end of the second chukker. The answer was immediate by Zedan to get back again in the lead by 7-­‐5 in the third chukker.
 
The second half of the match was a come and go with both teams playing at a great level and battling hard for the victory. The fourth chukker ended by 7 goals apiece and in the last 7 minutes both teams had several occasions to close the game. But finally it was Pablo Mac Donough, 10 goaler superstar, after scoring a 60 yard penalty that gave Zedan Polo the victory by 8 goals to 7.
 
Polito Pieres was the top scorer of the match with 5 goals and Mac Donough, with 4, the top scorer for Zedan Polo team.

Match Progression:
 
Zedan Polo-­‐ 3-­‐1/ 4-­‐5/ 7-­‐5/ 7-­‐7/ 8-­‐7
 
The McLaren Cup will continue next Monday, January 29th with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. From 2pm, Mahra Polo will play against Bin Drai Polo followed by UAE Polo vs Wolves.
 
Five high-­‐goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10 to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14 to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-­‐largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-­‐ ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-­‐goal superstar and three-­‐time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-­‐goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-­‐goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-­‐goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”
 
The final of the McLaren Cup will take place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land. The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:

  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series announces 2018 tournament fixture at live draw for McLaren Cup at The St.



23/01/2018: DUBAI, UAE: The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, an 18-goal handicap competition, enters its ninth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. On Monday, 22 January 2018, the organizing committee conducted a live draw for the McLaren Cup 2018 fixture at The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club – the new home ground of the Series.

Five high-goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: The McLaren Cup, which runs from 26 January to 9 February, The Polo Masters Cup from 10 to 15 February, The Julius Baer Gold Cup from 16 February to 9 March, The Dubai Challenge Cup from 14 to 23 March, and The Dubai Cup from 6 to 13 April 2018.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the United States and the United Kingdom. Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT). It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [ 8-goal handicap]; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”

The final of the McLaren Cup will take place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land. The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018: 

  • Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
  • Bin Drai Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Bin Drai)  
  • Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor) 
  • Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor) 
  • UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)    
  • Wolves Polo Team (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
 
 

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