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)
 

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Mahra Polo keeps unbeaten and Dr. A-Bangash achieves the first victory at the Dubai Cup 2017

 
5th April 2017, DUBAI, UAE:  Mahra Polo and Dr. A-Bangash won their respectives matches of the second day of action for the Dubai Cup, the last tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2017, held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Dr. A-Bangash defeated Wolves by 6 goals to 1 and Mahra won a very tough match against Habtoor Polo by 7 goals to 4.5.
 
With this results, Mahra, unbeaten in the tournament, will play the final next friday against Habtoor Polo. Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team has one victory, achieved last Monday against Dr.A-Bangash. Despite that Dr. A-Bangash has also one victory, after beating today Wolves Polo, the “who beat who” rules of the tournament gives Habtoor Polo the spot in the final.
 
Today´s matches progression:
 
Dr. A-Bangash: 2-0/ 4-1/ 5-1/ 6-1
 
Mahra Polo: 1-1.5/ 3-3.5/ 5-3.5/ 7-4.5
 
The Dubai Cup, for teams from 6 to 8 goals handicap, will held the final matches next friday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
 
Starting at 4 pm, Wolves Polo will play against Dr. A-Bangash and from 5 pm Habtoor Polo will face Mahra in the final of the Dubai Cup 2017.
 
 

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