Monday, 27 January 2014

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (Dubai Open)


The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 in its Fifth Year of Success
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

One of the most prestigious polo events in the region “ Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series “ , announced at the press conference, held at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah ,10am today.

This is the fifth year in a row that the much anticipated event will be held. It takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. 

The tournament will kick off with the McLaren Cup, beginning February 1 ending February 15, the Bentley Emirates Dubai Polo Gold Cup will commence on February 24 and will end on March 14, 2014.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK. Each year the event reaches new heights growing in tandem with the city of Dubai which has  quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage.

There will be ten teams competing at this year’s Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series; a draw will be held at the press conference to determine which teams will compete against each other.
 
All Patrons and Teams attending:
 
UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 1 ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
Desert Palm Dubai Polo Team 2 ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
Edrees Polo Team ~ Patron Sultan Edrees
 
In 2012, the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and this year at the WPT annual meeting committee, decided that Dubai Polo Gold Cup Tournament gets the highest tournament in points inside the Challenge Cup Category.
 
Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA. For this season we have the 16 goal handicap. This means the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is now the highest handicapped tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
 
With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. This year it looks set to be more popular than ever and some of the most respected names from the world of polo have confirmed their participation.

“I am proud to say the Dubai Polo Gold Cup is well established and now running into its fifth year,” message by Mohammed Al Habtoor, the Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series.
“The ‘Dubai Open’ has earned itself a worldwide reputation thanks to the commitment from the patrons and teams that have participated over the years. This year we have a record number of ten teams – with some very well-known polo names participating yet again! It has been an honor to Chair such a prestigious tournament over the years and to watch it grow to what it is today.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup has achieved so much in such a short space of time. What started out as a 10-12 handicap game in 2010 is now the highest handicap tournament in the Middle East – with a 16 high goal handicap. But that’s not all… we are currently studying upping the stakes even further – to an 18 goal handicap next year! This will without a doubt increase competition even further.
 
This year, we not only welcome new teams into the Dubai Open, but we are pleased to welcome Her Highness Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as patron of her own team. We also welcome His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Patron of Ghantoot, two Desert Palm teams from the Al Barwardi family and we welcome Sultan Edrees patron of Edrees Polo Team.
 
I am very proud of our achievements so far, and I promise you one thing, we will not let our guard down.
Dubai is now well and truly on the world map of polo and we will continue to raise its profile even further.
We also have something else to be very proud of this year. Dubai recently won its bid to host the Expo 2020.
 
This is not only another feather in our cap for our country, but it proves we can compete on the world stage… and win! Finally, I wish all the teams the best of luck in this year’s Dubai Open. May the best team win!”
 
We are extending our gratitude to all Sponsor’s supporting the 2014 Gold Cup Series:

Emirates NBD Wealth Management 
Emirates NBD Wealth Management Division is very proud to be the main sponsor for the fifth Dubai Polo Gold Cup, which falls in line with our commitment to support important sports activities that are of interest to our clients,” said Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy Head – Group Marketing and Branding, Emirates NBD. “As a leading wealth management specialist in the region, we look after the financial needs of diverse clients from a variety of professional backgrounds and events such as this provide us with the opportunity to network with our valued clientele and remain close to our customers.”

Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 30th September 2013, total assets were AED 332.3 billion. The Group has a leading retail banking franchise in the UAE, with 210 branches and over 921 ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and overseas. It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.
 
The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Jersey (Channel Islands), and representative offices in India, China and Indonesia.
 The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development initiatives and of the various educational, environmental, cultural, charity and community welfare establishments.
 
Bentley Emirates
Bentley Emirates the Luxury car manufacturer is the title sponsor of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014. As part of the Prestige Cars Division of Al Habtoor, Bentley Emirates have been the sole authorised importer of Bentley motor cars in the UAE since 1982. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
 
McLaren Dubai
In support of the sporting spirit of the nation, McLaren Dubai - Al Habtoor Motors is proud to present itself as the title sponsor for Silver Cup of the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014. 
 
McLaren Dubai is honoured to have been selected to join the McLaren team. Now we have to match the highest standards in the world – those we share with McLaren – to the highest expectations: those of our discerning customers.
 At McLaren, an unswerving commitment to excellence and innovation underpins everything we do: from performance of the Formula One ™ team on race day, to the ownership experience we offer with our road car, the MP4-12C and the eagerly awaited McLaren P1 Hypercar.
 
The Ybike.com
" The Story Of One Yellow Bike" is a short documentary film produced by Samerai productions and Sahara Productions who are proud to be associated with the prestigious Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014.
 
The movie ( www.theYbike.com) tells the story of how one yellow bike  travelled from Dubai to the remote village of Abem.  The charity organization, Bicycles for humanity, who are operating on the ground, empowers many  in the developing world with the gift of mobility delivered by a bicycle. The Bicycle Empowerment  Model concept, creates many jobs servicing and supporting the bicycles and we are creating an micro- economies around mobility. Karamoja is a place where time has truly stood still. After 30 years of the  karamojong are now faced with a new life. Their old pastoral life is now shifting to one of living in  communities.
 
Samerai Productions is part of The SAHARA Group (www.thesaharagroup.com)  It creates short movies to raise awareness of good causes in the community. The scripts, production, directing and the whole business of movie-making are funded internally. Any profits made are used to support graduate directors and producers who want to create charity movies and documentaries for themselves.  
 
Dubai Calendar
Dubaicalendar.com is your single, reliable, bi-lingual source for the best events Dubai has to offer throughout the year, helping you plan and make the most of your stay, and making sure there is always a reason to visit and revisit Dubai. Highlighting Dubai’s festivals, exhibitions, cultural and sporting events, dubaicalendar.com is the  official point of reference on events and promotions in Dubai, keeping business and leisure visitors, and residents informed about the multitude of events that the city offers.
 
Dubaicalendar.com is the key information channel managed by Dubai Calendar, an initiative born out of the vision for a more dynamic events industry for the Emirate of Dubai. Part of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Calendar helps bring together the government, consumer and industry to establish Dubai as a world-class events destination. Since its inception, Dubai Calendar has become an enabler for the local community, events industry, tourists and government bodies alike.

DiamondLease
DIAMONDLEASE L.L.C. is a member of the Al Habtoor Group of Companies.
 
Established in 1996, it has emerged as one of the biggest local car rental company in the UAE with a fleet close to 7500 vehicles, at par or bigger than most of the international franchises in the U.A.E. DIAMONDLEASE was the first car rental & leasing company to be awarded the ISO 9002 certification in 1999, and subsequently upgraded to the latest ISO 9001:2008 standards in 2009.
 
DIAMONDLEASE has been a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme since October 2003
 
Diamondlease has a wide network of 16 branches covering Dubai, Dubai International Airport, Habtoor Grand Hotel, Knowledge Village, Dubai Investment Park, Abu Dhabi City, Abu Dhabi (Mussafa), Sharjah, RAK and Fujairah.
 
The company provides 24-hour emergency road side assistance to all its customers.
 Diamondlease operations facility in Dubai Investments Park is the largest and ‘best-in-class’. This facility is built up in a 365,000 square feet prime plot in Dubai Investment Park, Dubai, and has a capacity to service 150 vehicles per day.
 Diamondlease has state-of-the-art website www.diamondlease.com for hassle-free and convenient online reservations and service bookings. Diamondlease is available on Facebook.com and can also be followed on Twitter.
 
We are specialized in long term leasing of vehicles - ranging from small/mid-size saloons, 4-wheel drive SUVs, pick-up trucks and buses. We offer a range of vehicles on Daily, Weekly & Monthly hire that are less than 2 years and 50,000 kms. At Diamondlease, customers have the option of selecting vehicles that meet any type of transportation need at very competitive prices.
 
In recognition of its sound business ethics & outstanding customer service, Diamondlease is the first car rental company to have been nominated as a member of the prestigious Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) since 2003. Diamondlease has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa Travel (MENA) Awards being adjudged the Best Car Rental Company – Local Brand for 7 years in a row starting from 2004.
 
Hildon Water
Hildon is an English Natural Mineral Water which lies deep within the chalk hills of Hampshire, as a result it is of the highest quality. Bottled at its source on the Hildon Estate in Hampshire and Imported from the UK, it is distributed exclusively by Top Shelf Beverages in the region, Hildon Natural Mineral Water is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014.  For more information and to stock Hildon, please contact info@ihs-uae.com or call +971 4 4531782.
 
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Discover an incredible destination, with alluring tranquillity and breath-taking views, just a short drive away from the vibrant city. Marking the debut of the luxurious Waldorf Astoria brand in Dubai, the hotel exudes timeless elegance and brings True Waldorf Service to one of the Middle East’s premier beach front locations.
 
The resort claims an Eastern stretch on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest manmade island, with a private white sand beach and unobstructed sea views.
 
Guests can select from 319 luxury rooms and suites and make the most of six dining and entertainment venues, state of the art meeting facilities, ballroom, glamorous swimming pools, a tennis court, and a 21,530 sqft health club and spa.
 
MEDIA PARTNERS :
 
OK! Middle East
The exclusive official media sponsor for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (Dubai Open).
OK! Middle East celebrates the A-list each week, revealing the latest news, photos and in-depth features on international celebrities and home-grown VIPs, socialites and trendsetters in an engaging and positive way; bringing the OK! reader closer to the stars than any other magazine.
 
With access all areas to the glamour of Hollywood, OK! features inspirational celebrity-led fashion and beauty, providing our in-the-know readers with the tips and trends to look and feel their A-list best.
 
OK! Middle East is the only magazine to be invited into the homes of the rich, famous and influential, and is always on the guestlist for the glittering red carpet events, hot openings and invite-only launches that are synonymous with our region.
 
Welcome to your exclusive entry into the world of stardom, glamour and celebrity life... welcome to OK! Middle East.
 
Sport 360 
As the leading sports information and news provider in the Middle East Sport360 is proud to be associated with the Dubai Gold Polo Cup. With its daily newspaper and Weekend edition, Sport360 reaches out to all sports fans in the UAE and provides them with all the latest news and results, as well as key lifestyle and business of sport features. Its daily qualified circulation as issued by BPA Worldwide stands at 36,762 with an estimated 151,000 readers per day enjoy a depth and breadth of content unmatched in the region, which is assembled by a team of specialists in football, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsport, horseracing, sailing, and much more.
Sport360’s digital platforms have also attracted sports enthusiasts from around the GCC and MENA region, thanks to the www.sport360.com website, social media channels and smart phone applications.

Equestrio Arabia
Equestrio Arabia is the media sponsor. EQUESTRIO changed the face of equestrian publishing when it launched in Switzerland in 2003 and set new standards for the genre in terms of quality and content. By showcasing and celebrating the lifestyles surrounding equestrianism in all its forms, while at the same time providing expert and informed editorial illustrated with the finest photography, the title won instant appeal, both at home and abroad.
EQUESTRIO Arabia became the second title in the series when it launched in Dubai. EQUESTRIO France followed in 2006 with EQUESTRIO China and EQUESTRIO Italy taking up the reins in 2008.
Now published in five countries, in five languages, on three continents, EQUESTRIO is to be found at the heart of equestrian communities worldwide. A delicious melange of informed sporting editorial, fine art, luxury travel and lifestyle features.
 
Polo Line
PoloLine is the leading global provider of news, information and services about polo, offering up to the minute news from all the major polo events around the world

With over 100,000 unique visitors from more than 80 countries.
PoloLine offers unprecedented reach to the highly desirable target market of Polo enthusiasts.

Al Badia
Al Badia is proud to be one of the media sponsor. Al Badia, the prestigious Arabic venture is devoted to bringing the latest news and views on the equestrian world. Polo sporting and lifestyle. In fact it is a tribute to the age old passion for the thoroughbred, an integral part of the rich Arabian culture.
 
Al Badia focuses a gamut of information on the highly valued sport of horseracing, including information about events taking place in the Arab world and about organizations and services sought by equestrians of all disciplines.
 
Besides being a specialized magazine to meet the refined taste of the equestrian community, it features a wide range of information including very exclusive coverages like interviews of the Sheikhs and the who’s who of the Arab world. It targets the crème de la crème of the society and is widely circulated across different regions of the Gulf and Middle East.

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has been growing by leaps and bounds, and at present is one of the most eagerly awaited polo events in the Middle East.

                                                             
The 2014 Teams :
 
UAE Polo Team
 
Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 0 Goal
Lucas Monterverde 9 Goal
Ollie Cudmore 5 Goal
Tomas Gagliradi 2 Goal
   
Ghantoot Polo Team
   
HH. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 0 Goal
Ali Al Merri 0 Goal
Juan Zubiaurre 4 Goal
Pelayo  Berazadi 4 Goal
Facundo Sola 8 Goal
   
Habtoor Polo Team
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 Goal
Guillermo Cutino 6 Goal
Francisco Elizalde 7 Goal
Santiago Gomes Romero 3 Goal
Marcos Panelo 3 Goal
   
Bin Drai Polo                                                                                                                           
   
Saeed Bin Drai 0 Goal
Tomas Iriarte 4 Goal
Manuel Fernandez Llorente 6 Goal
Raul Laplacette 6 Goal
   
Mahra Polo Team
   
Rashid Habtoor   0 Goal
Guy gibrat 4 Goal
Santiago Cernadas 6 Goal
Nacho Gonzalez 6 Goal
   
Zedan Polo Team 
                                                             
Amr Zedan  0 Goal
Luis Gagliardi 2 Goal
Pelon Stirling 10 Goal
TBA 0 Goal
   
Desert Palm Polo  Team (1)
   
Patron Rashid Al Bawardi 2 Goal
Martin Valent 5 Goal
Facundo Castagnola 6 Goal
Ali Paterson 3 Goal
 
 
 
Desert Palm Polo  Team (2)
   
Tarik Al Bawardi 1 Goal
Alejo Taranco 6 Goal
Matias Machado 4 Goal
Santiago Laborde 5 Goal
   
Abu Dhabi Polo
   
Faris Al Yabhouni 0 Goal
Alfredo Capella 8 goal
Juan Jose Stroni 5 goal
Victorio Monteverde 3 goal
   
Edrees Polo Team
   
Sultan Edrees 0 Goal
Brieuc Rigaux 5 Goal
Max Charlton 6 Goal
Pierre Henri N'Goumou 5 Goal
  
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 Cristina Gusita
Polo Coordinator General
Dubai Polo Gold Cup
Cell: +971 50 256 9791
E-mail: cristina@dubaipologoldcup.com
For more information visit: www.dubaipologoldcup.com
 
 

Monday, 16 December 2013

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014

McLaren Cup 2014                                                                          Bentley Emirates, Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2014

* 1st February - 15th February *                                                      * 24th February - 14th March *


Nine International Polo Teams Confirmed for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014:

 # UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Bint Rashid Al Maktoum
 
Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 0 Goal
Lucas Monterverde 9 Goal
Ollie Cudmore 5 Goal
Tomas Gagliradi 2 Goal
 
# Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

 
 
Ali Al Merri 0 Goal
Juan Zubiaurre 4 Goal
Pelayo  Berazadi 4 Goal
Facundo Sola 8 Goal
 
 
# Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed K Al Habtoor
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor 0 Goal
Guillermo Cutino 6 Goal
Francisco Elizalde 7 Goal
Marcos Panelo 3 Goal
Santiago Gomes Romero 3 Goal

Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
 
Saeed Bin Drai                            0 Goal
Tomas Iriarte 4 Goal
Manuel Fernandez Llorente 6 Goal
Raul Laplacette 6 Goal

Mahra Polo Team ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
 
Rashid Habtoor 0 Goal
Guy Gibrat 4 Goal
Santiago Cernadas 6 Goal
Nacho Gonzalez 6 Goal
 
# Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
 
Amr Zedan 0 Goal
Luis Gagliardi 2 Goal
Felipe Viana 4 Goal
Pelon Stirling 10 Goal

# Desert Palm Polo Team 1 ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
 
Rashid Al Bawardi 2 Goal
Martin Valent 5 Goal
Facundo Castagnola 6 Goal
Ali Paterson 3 Goal

# Desert Palm Polo Team 2 ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
 
Tarik Al Bawardi 1 Goal
Alejo Taranco 6 Goal
Matias Machado 4 Goal
Santiago Laborde 5 Goal

# Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
 
Faris Al Yabhouni 0 Goal
Alfredo Capella 8 Goal
Juan Jose Stroni 5 Goal
Victorio Monteverde 3 Goal


 
 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Emirates NBD main sponsor for Dubai Polo Gold Cup



Event held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai
 
Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, today announced that its Wealth Management Division would serve as main sponsor for the upcoming 2014 Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, an annual event held in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind behind Argentina, the US and the UK. To be held for the fifth year in a row, the event will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. The series is split into two tournaments beginning with the Silver Cup to be held from February 1 -15, while the Gold Cup will be held from February 24 – March 15, 2014.
 
“The Wealth Management Division is pleased to be the headline sponsor for the fifth Dubai Polo Gold Cup, as this is in line with our commitment to support important sports activities that are of interest to our clients,” said Saif Al Mansoori, Deputy Head – Group Marketing and Branding, Emirates NBD. “Events such as this represent an excellent social setting for our clients to meet and network, while providing us with a platform that enables us to remain close to our customers. As a leading wealth management specialist in the region, we look after the financial needs of diverse clients from a variety of professional backgrounds.  We see this as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our support for our valued clientele, many of whom are keenly interested in this high profile sport.”
 
“We are honoured to have on board a prominent UAE financial institution such Emirates NBD as our main partner for this event, as this is in keeping with the high profile reputation that the event has acquired in the last five years,” said Mohammed K. Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. “As one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar, the Gold Cup has also been instrumental in establishing Dubai Polo firmly at the forefront of the International polo scene.”
 
First founded in 2009, the Dubai Polo Gold Cup is the premier regional polo competition of the year, and attracts some of the leading VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the GCC. The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and in 2012, the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT). Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.
 
A total of nine teams will participate in the renowned event, including three new entries this year – the UAE Polo Team, in which the patron is HRH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Desert Palm 1 and 2, owned by Ali Al Bawardy. In addition, HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Patron of Ghantoot Polo, will return to the ‘Sport for kings.’ Sheikh Falah has had a break from the sport for several years, but in 2014 he will mark his comeback in the Dubai Gold Cup Series.
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About Emirates NBD:
Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 30th September 2013, total assets were AED 332.3 billion. The Group has a leading retail banking franchise in the UAE, with 210 branches and over 921 ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and overseas.  It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.
The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Jersey (Channel Islands), and representative offices in India, China and Indonesia.
The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development initiatives and of the various educational, environmental, cultural, charity and community welfare establishments.

خبر صحفي:
 
بنك "الإمارات دبي الوطني" الراعي الرئيسي لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو
الحدث يقام تحت رعاية كريمة من سمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب حاكم دبي
 
دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، xx نوفمبر 2013: أعلن بنك "الإمارات دبي الوطني"، البنك الرائد في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، اليوم عن مشاركة الخدمات المصرفية الخاصة التابعة للبنك كراعٍ رئيسي لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو 2014، الحدث السنوي الرائد الذي يقام في دبي، برعاية كريمة من سمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، نائب حاكم دبي.
 
وتعتبر سلسلة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو البطولة الرابعة الأكبر من نوعها بعد البطولات المماثلة التي تقام في الأرجنتين والولايات المتحدة والمملكة المتحدة. وسيعقد هذا الحدث الرياضي المميز للعام الخامس على التوالي في نادي دبي للبولو والفروسية في منطقة المرابع العربية. وتنقسم هذه السلسلة إلى بطولتين، حيث تجري فعاليات الكأس الفضي في الفترة من 1 فبراير - 15 فبراير، في حين يتم تنظيم بطولة الكأس الذهبي في الفترة من 24 فبراير - 15 مارس 2014.
 
وبهذه المناسبة، قال سيف المنصوري، نائب الرئيس، التسويق والعلامة التجارية لمجموعة "الإمارات دبي الوطني": "يسر الخدمات المصرفية الخاصة أن تكون الراعي الرسمي لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو، وذلك من منطلق التزامنا بدعم الأنشطة الرياضية المميزة التي تحظى باهتمام ومتابعة عملائنا. وتمثل هذه الفعاليات منطلقاً اجتماعياً نموذجياً للقاء والتواصل بين العملاء، بالتزامن مع منحنا فرصة تفعيل تواصلنا معهم. وانطلاقاً من مكانتنا كمؤسسة رائدة في إدارة الثروات في المنطقة، نتطلع باستمرار نحو تلبية مختلف الاحتياجات والخدمات المصرفية للعملاء على اختلاف توجهاتهم المهنية. كما أننا نرى في هذا الحدث فرصة مثالية لإظهار دعمنا لعملائنا، الذين يهتم الكثير منهم بهذه الرياضة الرائعة".
 
ومن جهته، قال محمد خلف الحبتور، رئيس اللجنة المنظمة لسلسلة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو: "يشرفنا التعاون مع مؤسسة مالية بارزة مثل بنك ’الإمارات دبي الوطني‘ كشريك رسمي لهذا الحدث، وهذا ما يتناسب مع السمعة الرفيعة التي اكتسبها هذا الحدث المميز في السنوات الماضية. ويعتبر كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو واحداً من أهم الأحداث المرموقة في بطولات رياضة البولو على الصعيد العالمي، وله دور حاسم في ترسيخ نادي دبي للبولو ووجوده على خارطة هذه الرياضة العالمية".
 
وقد انطلقت بطولة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو لأول مرة في عام 2009، وتعتبر الحدث الأبرز لمسابقات رياضة البولو في المنطقة، حيث تجذب كبار الشخصيات وأهم شخصيات المجتمع، وكبار المسؤولين التنفيذيين في الشركات من جميع أنحاء دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي. وشهدت هذه البطولة تطوراً كبيراً جنباً إلى جنب مع التطور الذي حققته مدينة دبي، وفي عام 2012، أصبحت هذه البطولة ضمن جولة البولو العالمية (WPT). وستُلعب بطولة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو تحت راية رابطة هرلينغام للبولو (HPA)، ووفقاً لقواعدها، كما سيدار التحكيم تحت إشراف دولي صارم من قبل (HPA).
 
ويشارك في هذه البطولة تسعة فرق من بينها ثلاثة فرق تشارك للمرة الأولى، وهي فريق الإمارات العربية المتحدة للبولو بقيادة سمو الشيخة ميثاء بنت محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، وفرق ديزرت بالم 1 و2 بقيادة علي البواردي. وبالإضافة إلى هذا، ستشهد البطولة عودة فريق غنتوت بولو بقيادة سمو الشيخ فلاح بن زايد آل نهيان إلى "رياضة الملوك"، بعد أن استراح سموه لبضعة سنوات، ليعود في نسخة العام 2014 ويضيف بصمة مميزة لكأس دبي الذهبي للبولو.
- انتهى -
 
عن مجموعة "الإمارات دبي الوطني":
بنك الإمارات دبي الوطني هو مجموعة مصرفية رائدة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.  كما في 31 سبتمبر 2013 بلغ مجموع أصول المجموعة 332.3 مليار درهم وتقوم المجموعة بتقديم أعمال مصرفية رائدة للأفراد في الدولة من خلال شبكة فروعها التي تتجاوز الـ 210 فرعاً إضافة الى ما يزيد عن 921 جهاز صراف آلي وجهاز إيداع فوري. وتعتبر المجموعة اللاعب الرئيسي في مجال الأعمال المصرفية للشركات في الدولة وتقوم بتقديم الأعمال المصرفية الإسلامية والأسواق العالمية والخزينة والاستثمارية والخاصة وإدارة الأصول وعمليات الوساطة.
 
وتعمل المجموعة في الامارات العربية المتحدة والمملكة العربية السعودية وقطر وسنغافورة والمملكة المتحدة وجزيرة جيرسي ولديها مكاتب تمثيلية في الهند وإيران والصين.
 
وتعتبر المجموعة من أكثر المؤسسات نشاطاً في المشاركة بأهم مبادرات التطوير والانماء في دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة كما أنها تقوم بدعم مختلف المؤسسات التعليمية والبيئية والثقافية والخيرية والاجتماعية.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 in its Fifth Year of Success

Release Date: Wednesday, 6th November 2013
 
 
 
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014 (Dubai Open) 16 Goal Handicap is the most prestigious international polo tournament in the in Middle East, Asia and Africa. The premier polo competition of the year involves the world's best polo teams and players battling it out to win the cup.
 
This is the fifth year in a row that the much anticipated event will be held. It takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. 
The tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai and has quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage. In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT).

With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. It’s also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region and always attracts a high profile crowd.
As always the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series promises the very best in sportsmanship, entertainment of the highest level and an atmosphere unlike any other polo event.
 
The series is split into two tournaments that will start next year with the Silver Cup, beginning 1st February  and ending 15th February 2014. The Gold Cup will commence on 24th February  and will end on 14th March 2014.

Nine teams have confirmed their participation in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014:

§  Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
§  UAE Polo Team ~ Patron  Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bint Rashid Al Maktoum
§  Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
§  Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
§  Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
§  Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
§  Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
§  Desert Palm Polo Team 1 ~ Patron Rashid Al Bawardi
§  Desert Palm Polo Team 2 ~ Patron Tarik Al Bawardi
 
About Dubai Polo Gold Cup
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was founded in 2009 , by Mohammed K Al Habtoor and it’s now a series of the two premier Polo events in the Middle East. 

Quote from Mohammed K Al Habtoor :
      “Although DPGC tournament is organized here in Dubai, it is recognized internationally! Our tournament brings Polo to life in this region and each year we succeed in having the highest played handicap tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia”.

Played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

We are putting Dubai Polo at the forefront of International scene.
 
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Sunday, 05 May 2013

Present & Future of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2014
Release Date: Thursday, 2nd May 2013
 
 
Present & Future of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar and also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region and always attracts a high profile crowd.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013 came to an end last 15th March 2013. This year the teams were completely different, with a handicap increased to 16 goals, all the teams had good players and it was a very competitive tournament. In the great final, Ghantoot Polo Team won the Gold Cup 2013 and Habtoor Polo won Silver Cup 2013. 


Dubai Polo Gold Cup organization managed to put all the patrons together to get a fair competition and fair play with everyone.
 
For the next season “2014” the tournament will be 16 goal handicap. And for “2015”, we will increase the handicap from 16 to 18 goal, to target the highest handicapped tournament in Asia and Africa. Our tournament is getting bigger and our objective is to reach the maximum goal handicap of an International polo tournament.


Dubai Polo Gold Cup series has been growing by leaps and bounds, and at present is one of the most eagerly awaited polo events in the Middle East.
 

الحاضر والمستقبل في سلسلة كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو
 
تحت رعاية كريمة من صاحب السمو الشيخ مكتوم  بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ، نائب حاكم دبي.
تمتزج الروح الرياضية والتألق مع الإثارة في كأس دبي الذهبي للبولو كواحدة من أكبر وأكثر البطولات السنوية المرموقة أهمية في المنطقة وتستقطب جماهير غفيرة وشخصيات عالمية من جميع أنحاء العالم.
كانت بطولة هذا العام  والتي إنتهت في 15 مارس 2013 مختلفة من خلال مشاركة فرق عالمية ومحلية على أعلى مستويات اللعبة بنسبة هاندكاب أكثر من 16 جول. وقد شارك نخبة من أفضل لاعبي الإمارات والعالم في مباريات غاية في الإثارة حتى النهائي الرائع حيث فاز فريق غنتوت للبولو ببطولة الكأس الذهبية والحبتور ببطولة الكأس الفضي للعام 2013.
وقد أضاف حسن تنظيم البطولة والرعاة إى نجاح الحدث بالإضافة إلى اللعب النزيه والمنافسة العادلة من الجميع.
وسوف تكون بطولة العام القادم موسم 2014 بنسبة  هاندكاب 16 جول ، وبطولة 2015 سيزيد مستوى الهاندكاب من 16 جول إلى 18 جول لتصل إلى أعلى نسبة هاندكاب لبطولات البولو في آسيا وأفريقيا. وهدفنا هو أن تصل بطولة كأس دبي الذهبي إلى أعلى مستويات الهاند كاب على مستوى العالم.
بطولات كأس دبي للبولو تتطور بطريقة مذهلة ومتزنة وتعد الآن واحدة من الأحداث الكبرى وينتظرها متابعي اللعبة في الشرق الأوسط والعالم بفارغ الصبر.
 

Thursday, 02 May 2013

Ghantoot crowned Dubai Polo Gold Cup champion

Bin Drai took the Subsidiary Trophy


Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club took home their biggest scalp of the season on Friday, 15th March, 2013 when they wrestled the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series away from defending champions and hosts, Habtoor Polo in a 14-6 victory at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup is considered one of the sport's biggest titles in the region and is the concluding tournament in a series that also includes the Dubai Silver Cup.
Habtoor, the defending champions and 2013 Dubai Silver Cup holders, began the match as justifiable favourites, having defeated the Royal Abu Dhabi club 8-7 in golden goal extra time in the preliminaries.

Yet, Ghantoot held firm over the home side prior to this match after orchestrating a 9-7 victory over Habtoor in a charity match at Ghantoot last month.
Ghantoot made their way into the final following a 10-5 semi-final win over today’s subsidiary final winners, Bin Drai Polo, but did weather two scares after suffering another defeat, also by golden goal, at the hands of capital city rivals, Abu Dhabi Polo, before the knock-out stages.

Ghantoot finished the first chukker with a single goal lead for a 2-1 scoreline. By the end of the second period, Ghantoot had doubled their goal tally, to lead 4-2.
The third period proved rich pickings for a dominant Ghantoot, with the side’s top goalscorer, Facundo Sola, Pelayo Berazadi and Juan Zubiaurre all getting onto the scoreboard, which read 9-3 by the time the claxon went.

Habtoor, never a team to underestimate no matter the scoreline, executed a revival in the fourth period of this five-chukker final, with Ezequiel Martinez scoring twice to bring his side’s haul to five. Anyway, Ghantoot had another ideas in mind. Leading 9-5 by that time, goals came one after another, courtesy of Facu Sola, Juan Zubiaurre, Pelayo Berazadi and Ali Al Merri, so by the time they entered the fifth and last chukka, Ghantoot was leading by a comfortable 13-5.

But the visitors could taste victory and a flurry of fast-paced play late in the period saw three more Ghantoot goals. Then an angled strike from Emirati player, Ali Al Merri, seconds before the end of the chukker brought the score to 13-5 in favour of Ghantoot and left Habtoor facing an uphill battle to save the championship in the fifth and final period.
It wasn’t to be Habtoor’s day. Sola notched again in the fifth period and the best the hosts could muster at that late stage was a consolation goal from Guillermo Cuitino to see out the game 14-6 to Ghantoot.

The Ghantoot players embraced on the field following the conclusion of the match and Al Merri was lifted high on the shoulders of Ghantoot’s jubilant travelling fans.
“It’s a great feeling to have won this tournament,” he said. “It has been a principle focus of ours since the start of the season and to achieve such an important goal is incredibly gratifying as a team.

“We did not have the smoothest progression throughout this tournament, but we survived to the final and the produced our best polo on the day and that’s really what matters. Habtoor are a very tough team and, as you can see from all our past meetings, the results are always very close when we play each other.”
HE Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club Vice Chairman said the club was now focusing on Ghantoot’s biggest tournament of the season, the HH President’s Cup, which starts on March 24.

“Congratulations to the players and staff at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club,” he said. “This victory has come as the result of a lot of hard work and it’s pleasing to see that this has earned us real rewards. Now we focus on hosting the H.H. President of UAE Polo Cup 2013 where no doubt we will be treated to more fast-paced and exciting polo.”

FACUNDO SOLA
We're very happy, we played very good and we had a great season. It's a big opportunity for me to play in such a team like Ghantoot.
We never expected a game like this. The match started a bit slow, and I told the boys to take it easy, have patience, and fortunately, we could play as we wanted to; we also have luck and take advantage of our goals.
 
JUAN ZUBIAURRE
This is a big team effort and we had our rewards. We played a great match and everything went as planned. We never lost concentration, that's why we played match and take such big differences, you lose concentration, but it didn't happen so good and give everything until the last chukka. Usually, when you control the to us. We were strong enough and retain our level.
We had many previous talks about this match with Hugo Barabucci and Oscar Colombres. All of us did a great previous work, and we could apply that on the field.
It's been such a great experience to come to Dubai to play the Gold Cup, and win it.
 
PELAYO BERAZADI
It's been such a fantastic tournament, and we're so happy to have won the Gold Cup. We already played very well against Bin Drai, and we were confident that we could win this match.  Yes, we took a huge advantage, but it was a bit difficult, as well, we had to work hard.
 

Thursday, 02 May 2013

Habtoor win Silver Cup



Defeated Abu Dhabi in extra chukka in thrilling match
Ghantoot took the Subsidiary Cup
February 16, 2013
 
Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario scored the winning goal in extra chukka to give Habtoor a 10-9 win over Abu Dhabi and the title of the Silver Cup, following a very tight final that took place at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
 
Abu Dhabi opened the scores in the first chukka, but the reply from Habtoor came quickly, to take a 2-1 lead, with goals by Guillermo Cuitilo and Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario. Following a goal by Juan José Storni to tie 2-2, Habtoor's attack broke down their rival's defense, and finish the first chukka with a 3-2 lead.
 
Habtoor put much pressure on Abu Dhabi during the second chukka, but Faris Al Yabhouni's team made a comeback in the second chukka, when the scores were leveled at 6-all.
 
A very tough fourth chukka followed, as both teams put on a fantastic offensive work, despite Habtoor had a slight advantage. With a minute remaining, Habtoor was leading 9-8, but that was when Abu Dhabi scored to send the match into extra chukka.
 
Within a minute in extra chukka, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario picks a missing ball, and run to the goalposts, to score the goal that gave Mohammed Al Habtoor's team not only the 10-9 win, but also the title of the Silver Cup,
 
Prior to the final, Ghantoot met Bin Drai to play for the Subsidiary. Ali Al Merri's foursome took control of the match and the score, led by a fantastic Facundo Sola, and won 6-2,5. Bin Drai had Nito Uranga filling in for Salvador Ulloa.
 
The award ceremony, led by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario was named MVP Pro, while the MVP Amateur Award went to Faris Al Yabhouni. Overa took BPP honors.
 
MOHAMMED AL HABTOOR
 
After four years we finally won the Silver Cup. We worked really hard today, I thought we would beat them by around two goals, but they made a good comeback and put some pressure on us. But we did our best and we deserved to win, we worked hard as well as we'd been in the lead most of the match.
 
This is the fourth game we won in extra chukka, but I've always had the feelings that we were going to win. It was a tough game and in the fifth chukka they had the chance to win it, but  they missed a goal but fortunately I was behing and put the ball off the goal line. When Ezequiel scored the goal it was really amazing, I couldn´t belive we finally won the Silver Cup
 
EZEQUIEL MARTINEZ FERRARIO
 
It was really hard, it was just pure heart. We won all four games in extra chukka, but that was it, we won, and we are happy to take the Silver Cup. But this is how games are. The most important thing is that we all get along really well in the team, and that works very good in all the matches. I can't tell how happy I was when I saw I scored the winning goal!!!!
 
It was a very strange match; we took the lead at first, but we failed in the next chukkas. Fortunately, we could win in overtime. I guess we have moments when we lose concentration, but I can tell you that won't happen in the Gold Cup. For sure we will play the next competition much more relaxed, but we still are looking much forward to win the Gold Cup.
 

Tuesday, 01 January 2013

Dates and Teams confirmed for Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013

Silver Cup – 2nd to 15th February, 2013
Gold Cup – 25th February to 15th March 2013

Habtoor Polo Team, winner of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2012 with Ignacio Acuña, Mohammed K. Habtoor, Guillermo Cuitino and Francisco Elizalde.

Despite the 2012 polo season far from having ended, in fact, the most important stages of Argentina’s Triple Crown remain, but several clubs from around the world are already organizing their calendars for 2013.

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is gradually shaping up as we head towards the 2013 edition, which as usual will feature its two traditional competitions, the Silver and Gold Cups that will take place between February and March at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. This event has been growing by leaps and bounds, and at present is one of the most eagerly awaited polo events in the Middle East.

An impeccable organization in addition to the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series’ growth has enabled its most important tournament (the Gold Cup) to enter the World Polo Tour within the Challenge Cup category. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo ranking representatives last March after the tournament concluded.

"Dubai is the ideal place. Everyone wants to come here", mentioned Mohammed Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, in an interview with PoloLine during the 2012 Gold Cup. "The tournament has increasingly improved since we first started a couple of years ago. Back then, it was a 12-goal competition, but the latest edition featured 15-goal teams, so everybody brought their best horses from Argentina, England and the Middle East". Both the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and the 26-goal exhibition held every year at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (the first of its kind in the Middle East), have undoubtedly given the region a huge boost, which does nothing but improve the level of polo ponies, fields and players, who in turn consider this event to be a great opportunity to take their career to an international level.

As regards the upcoming Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013, six teams up to 16-goals have been confirmed up to now - another step towards fulfilling one of the series’ objectives, that is, to have 18-goal teams participate:

 

  • Zedan Polo Team ~ Patron Amr Zedan
  • Habtoor Polo Team ~ Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor
  • Bin Drai Polo Team ~ Patron Saeed Bin Drai
  • Mahra Polo ~ Patron Rashid Al Habtoor
  • Abu Dhabi Polo Team ~ Patron Faris Yabhouni
  • Ghantoot Polo Team ~ Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

 

More teams are expected to participate in 2013 which will be announced soon by the organizer.

About Dubai Polo Gold Cup

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup was founded in 2009 by an independent committee of polo players, esteemed members of the UAE business and people with a passion for polo and sport in order to further advance the development of polo in the United Arab Emirates and wider region.

Under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the Gold Cup is being played according to HPA rules and the provision of umpires will be managed under strict international supervision by the HPA.

 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series returns

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup organizers have announced that, following its success in previous years, the annual Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series will be returning this season for the third time.

The event which includes the Silver Cup, from February 3 to 17 2012, and the Gold Cup, from February 24 to March 9, 2012, promises to be bigger than ever with both local and international teams contesting the trophy.

As on other occasions it will take place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club and as usual it promises a great day out with parades, prize-giving sessions and more.

Part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is also the 5th Mitsubishi Beach Polo match which takes place on December 28 and 29 in Dubai at Habtoor Grand Resort, 2011. This is one of the most prestigious beach polo events in the world and it too is set to be even better this year, attracting some of the biggest international players and drawing a high profile, glamorous crowd.

 

Friday, 09 March 2012

Habtoor Polo Wins The KBL Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2012



Beat Bin Drai in a big final
March 9, 2012

Mohammed’s Al Habtoor team won The KBL Dubai Polo Gold Cup by defeating Bin Drai by six goals to five after a fantastic game. The Subsidiary Cup was won by Abu Dhabi who defeated Mahra by seven goals to five.
With their intensity increasing match by match during the tournament, Habtoor Polo showed today their fantastic skills in a tough final against Bin Drai that gave them the championship.
The meeting of Habtoor and Bin Drai was very balanced, in a very tough match that showed a 2-all in the first chukker of play. Habtoor Polo took control of the match in the second chukker, and went to a 5-2 lead in the third period.
 
Bin Drai made a spectacular comeback in the fourth chukker, with three unanswered goals, including a great shot by Juan José Brané, which leveled the score at 5-all with only 30 seconds to go in regulation time.
 
That was when Habtoor's lethal weapon, Guillermo Cuitiño, the tournament's top scorer ran to the goalposts, and with only two seconds remaining, scored the goal that secured the Gold Cup for Mohammed Al Habtoor and his boys.
 
Habtoor's Ignacio Acuña was named MVP, and Crack, owned by Mohammed Al Habtoor and played by Francisco Elizalde, took BPP honors.
 
Abu Dhabi takes Subsidiary Cup
 
Prior to the Gold Cup final, Abu Dhabi met Mahra to play the match for the Subsidiary Trophy.
 
Mahra took a 2-0 advantage in the first chukker, but Abu Dhabi made a comeback, scoring four consecutive goals, to a 4-2 lead.
 
Mahra went back to the lead in the third chukker, 5-4, but Abu Dhabi decided the match in the last chukker, to win 7-5.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor
 
I still can't believe it, for three years, I tried and I tried, and here it is, the results of hard work for the team and the horses I bought to win this tournament. All the players put their heart into this tournament, it's really great.
 
About the match, I can tell you that we made a couple of mistakes when we were leading 5-3. But I knew we were ready to play an extra chukker, because we had our best horses ready for it. We were lucky; Guillermo scored the winning goal with only two seconds to go. It was fantastic, the only thing I could do in that moment was go to the ponyline, take the flag and run like crazy!!!!
 
Guillermo Cuitiño has been playing with us for the last three years, both in England and Dubai. He is a person who lives polo, it is his passion. He supported me and the tournament, and helped the team a lot. I trust him when he gives me an advice about horses. About John Horswell, he's been a great help for us, he did everything to organize us as a team, and made sure that everyone of us knew exactly what to do.
 
 
Thanks to the live broadcast by PoloLine TV, my friends in California woke up a 3am just to watch the match. They sent me photos and messages telling me they were watching the match through PoloLine TV, which is great for people who want to see polo and they can't travel for many reasons. And my message is to thank all the people who came to see the tournament, not only because my team plays but also because they are showing interest in Dubai and the polo of the Dubai Gold Cup. We're planning next year's tournament, that will be at 16-goal. It's only one goal, but it's a lot for us, because we want to have players like Nachi Heguy, who give a higher level to this tournament.
 
Now we're about to organize with Guillermo to play a couple of 15, 18 goal tournament in England, I will decide which ones in the next two weeks. I will organize the team with Guillermo, Fran (Elizalde), and a 1-goaler.
 
Guillermo Cuitiño
 
It's great to have won this tournament, it's the third year we played, and we never could win it; now, we finally did it. The first thing I thought when I scored the winning goal in OT was in my kids, my family. I'm very happy, for me it was one of the happiest moments in my life.
 
About the match, we did know that Bin Drai was going to be hard, that this game was not going to be that easy. I think we've been lucky. And I am very thankful to Mohammed, who always believed in me, who supported me, followed my advice and trusted me enough to let me choose the players to form the team. It was a lot of work to choose the players, the horses, but we are happy, we got it.
 
Now, we're going to England with Mohammed, to play 18-goal. I hope we can go to St. Tropez, so Mohammed, if you see it; we can go to St. Tropez. Oh, but definitely, we're going to England to represent Habtoor once again.
 
This tournament means everything to Mohammed, he had worked hard during three years to make a big competition as the Gold Cup is, and now he had his reward. His idea is making the Gold Cup as one of the world's best tournaments.
 
 
 

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