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)
 
 

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