Friday, 12 April 2019

Habtoor Polo Claims the Dubai Cup 2019

(Photo: Dorian Blond | More Dubai Cup 2019 Photos)

The final trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2019 was taken by the Habtoor Polo and the team proudly lifted the cup for the third year.

The Dubai Cup 2019 Final was an afternoon packed full with polo action matched with activities and great prizes for the spectators to enjoy at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. The Subsidiary Final was a round robin match between Hesketh, Kingpins and Dubai Wolves and Kingpins walked away victors as it triumphed over the two teams and scored 4 - 3 against Dubai Wolves and 4 - 3 over Hesketh.

The Final match had Abu Dhabi take on the initial lead which Habtoor Polo took over fast and strong by the second and closed the penultimate chukker with a five-goal advantage. Both teams continued intensely, and Abu Dhabi tried scored additional goals in an attempt to close in on Habtoor. The game capped off with the sound of the buzzer with Habtoor still on the lead and ultimately won the Dubai Cup 2019 at 9 goals to 6.


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About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.
 
 
 
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Friday, 05 April 2019

Opening Day Success for Habtoor Polo and Dubai Wolves at the Dubai Cup 2019

(Photo: Dorian Blond | More Dubai Cup 2019 Photos)


Dubai Cup, the fifth and final tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2019, opened with a match between Kingpins Polo and Habtoor Polo followed by another game by the Dubai Wolves against Hesketh  Polo team.

Habtoor had the lead from the first chukker, and the penultimate chukker defined the win for the team as it had a six-goal advantage on Kingpins. The first match declared Habtoor Polo team as its victors with a final score of 9 goals to 5.


Match Progression
Habtoor Polo team: 3 - 1 | 6 - 2 | 8 - 2 | 9 - 5

The next game had a slow start with the first goal of the game delivered at the second chukker by the Dubai Wolves and the team kept their lead up to the fourth chukker. Hesketh Polo team tried to catch up on its opponent with successive goals on the last chukker and their last goal in by the time the buzzer sounded off. The game ended at 4 - 3 in favour of the Dubai Wolves. 


Match Progression
Dubai Wolves team 0 - 0 | 3 - 0 | 4 - 1 | 4 – 3

The Dubai Cup, an 8 goal handicap tournament will continue on the 7th April 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with a match between Abu Dhabi Polo and Kingpins Polo at 16:30 in Field 2.

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

UAE Polo Team Takes the Fourth Trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2019

(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Photos)
 

UAE Polo remains unbeaten as the team proudly lifted the trophy as the champion of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2019.

The rainy afternoon started with the Subsidiary match between Dubai Wolves and Shansal/PBS with each chukker on equal footing, score-wise. The Dubai Wolves earned their first three goals from Ahmed Al Habtoor and Justo Cuitino, while Shansal/PBS delivered consistent goals from each player and settled the penultimate chukker with a one and a half goal lead. The determining chukker had the Dubai Wolves grab the win from Shansal, as both Justo Cuitino and Marcos Araya contributed two goals and ended the match at 8 - 7.5.


Subsidiary Final - Match progression:
Dubai Wolves team: 3 - 3.5 | 5 - 4.5 | 6 - 7.5 | 8 - 7.5
Top scorer of the match: Justo Cuitino, 4 goals

The awaited Final of the Dubai Challenge Cup had two teams led by Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikha Alya Al Maktoum. UAE Polo competed against AM Polo with the opening goal from the young Lucas Monteverde Jr. followed by another one from Alejandro Muzzio which gave way for an early lead for the UAE Polo team. Sheikha Maitha closed the second chukker with a goal that gave them a three-goal advantage over AM Polo. The next two chukkers had seen a total of four goals from Guillermo Cuitino, but UAE Polo had kept its momentum of goals until the end. Monteverde scored the last goal for the team and closed the game with 8 goals to 5.

Final - Match progression:
Dubai Wolves team: 2 - 1 | 4 – 1 | 6 - 3 | 8 – 5
Top scorer of the match: Guillermo Cuitino, 5 goals

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Group awarded the runners-up and winners of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2019.  Lucas Monteverde Jr. as the Most Valuable Player and MDQ, played by Sheikha Alya Al Maktoum, won the Best Playing Pony.

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.
 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Teams Set for the Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Final


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Photos)
 

The last of the qualifiers at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club had AM Polo defeat Shanshal/PBS and settled the match with 8 goals to 5.5.

The game took off into a fast start with Shansal/PBS carrying a one and a half goal advantage. Goals that came in from both teams and concluded the first chukker at 3.5 - 3 in favour of Shansal/PBS. AM Polo took the lead by the end of the second chukker with a goal from Sheikha Alya Al Maktoum, patron of the team. Past halftime, AM Polo widened the goal advantage with two goals from Guillermo Cuitino. Shansal/PBS was not able to close in on AM given the time constraint plus the additional goal scored by Cuitino.


Match progression:
AM Polo team: 3 - 3.5 | 5 - 4.5 | 7 - 4.5 | 8 - 5.5


The Dubai Challenge Cup, a 12 goal handicap tournament will declare its new Champions on the 27th of March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Field 2. The Subsidiary Final is between Dubai Wolves and Shansal/PBS at 15:00 and the Final will have UAE Polo and AM Polo teams compete for the trophy at 16:30.

 

Monday, 25 March 2019

UAE Polo Team to Compete at the Dubai Challenge Cup Final 2019

(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Photos)

The UAE Polo team won their match against Dubai Wolves with a final score of 7.5 - 7. The game held at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club had the Wolves on the lead by the end of the third chukker. As the final chukker rolled, the three goals delivered by UAE Polo team's Benjamin Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio were enough to secure their place in the Final.

Match Progression:

UAE Polo team: 2.5 - 2 | 3.5 - 4 | 4.5 - 5 | 7.5 - 7

The Dubai Challenge Cup, a 12 goal handicap tournament will continue on the 26th of March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with a match between Shansal/PBS Polo and AM Polo teams at
10:30am in Field 2.
 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Successful Day for AM and UAE Polo Teams at the Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Qualifiers

(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Photos)

It was a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club as AM Polo team won their match against Dubai Wolves with a final score of 6 - 4 and UAE Polo defeated Shansal/PBS with 7 goals to 4.5.

Shanshal/PBS had a one and half goal advantage and the team took the lead from the first chukker against the Dubai Wolves until halftime. Marcos Araya delivered goals which took the match into a close fight towards the end of the penultimate chukker. The last seven minutes ensued with goals coming in from bought sides and Shanshal / PBS on the lead only to be beaten by the last goal from Justo Cuitino. The match ended with a final score of 9 goals to 8.5 in favour of the Dubai Wolves.

Match progression:

AM Polo team: 2 -1 | 4 - 2 | 5 - 4 | 6 - 4

The second game gave way for an early lead to Shansal/PBS with one and a half goal which UAE Polo had matched with a goal by the end of the first chukker. By halftime, the game closed in with 3.5 goals to 3 in favour of Shansal/PBS. The last two chukkers cleared the win for UAE Polo as the team scored a total of four goals more, two of which were delivered by Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the team's patron.

Match progression:

UAE Polo team: 1 - 2.5 | 3 - 3.5 | 5 - 3.5 | 7 - 4.5

The Dubai Challenge Cup, a 12 goal handicap tournament will continue on the 26th of March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with a match between Shansal Polo and AM Polo teams at 15:30 and Dubai Wolves against UAE Polo at 16:30.​

 

Monday, 18 March 2019

Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Continues with a Win for UAE Polo Team

(Photo: Khalil Ali | More Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Photos)
 

AM Polo team competed against UAE Polo on the second day of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.

UAE Polo had taken the lead on this match from start to finish as the first chukker had seen Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the team’s patron and Benjamin Panelo score initial goals for the team. The following chukker earned the team a two goal advantage delivered by Panelo. Not missing a beat, AM Polo’s patron – Sheikha Alya Al Maktoum and Guillermo Cuitino successfully closed in on its opponent and by the third chukker with 4 goals to 5 only to be out-scored by UAE Polo team on the last chukker. The game closed with a final score of 7 goals to 5 in favour of the UAE Polo team.


Match progression:

UAE Polo Team: 2 - 1 | 4 -  2| 5 – 4 | 7 – 5
Top scorer of the match: Benjamin Panelo

 

 
 

The Dubai Challenge Cup, a 12 goal handicap tournament will continue on the 21st March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with a match between Dubai Wolves and AM Polo teams at 15:30 and Shansal Polo versus UAE Polo at 16:30.

 
 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Dubai Wolves Wins on the Opening Day of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2019

(Photo: Khalil Ali | More Dubai Challenge Cup 2019 Photos)

The fourth tournament of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series officially opened with a victory for Dubai Wolves against Shansal/PBS and a final score of 9 goals to 8.5.
 
Shanshal/PBS had a one and half goal advantage and the team took the lead from the first chukker against the Dubai Wolves until halftime. Marcos Araya delivered goals which took the match into a close fight towards the end of the penultimate chukker. The last seven minutes ensued with goals coming in from bought sides and Shanshal / PBS on the lead only to be beaten by the last goal from Justo Cuitino. The match ended with a final score of 9 goals to 8.5 in favour of the Dubai Wolves.​


Match progression:

Dubai Wolves team: 2 - 2.5 | 2 - 4.5 | 5 - 6.5 | 9 - 8.5

The Dubai Challenge Cup, a 12 goal handicap tournament will continue on the 18th March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with a match between UAE Polo and AM Polo teams at 16:00.

 


About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

 

Friday, 08 March 2019

UAE Polo Team Proudly Claims the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019

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The undefeated streak of the UAE Polo team continues as they proudly lifted the trophy as this year's Julius Baer Gold Cup champions.
 
The Final delivered excellent polo matches and great entertainment that did not disappoint the spectators and fans at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.  A flag presentation by the Al Habtoor Riding School marked the start of the afternoon followed by the Bentley Subsidiary Final with Dubai Wolves competed against Zedan Polo team. The Wolves came in strong with the lead on the first chukker which Zedan matched with goals on the second that led to a tie at 3 - 3. Zedan charged further and stretched this gap with subsequent goals from Santiago Laborde and Raul Laplacette. Manuel Crespo and Yousef Bin Desmal from Dubai Wolves evened out the advantage by the end of the fourth chukker. The last one had seen the teams in a tight game, each striving to take home the win. Zedan closed the match with a one-goal lead and claimed the Bentley Cup 2019 title and trophy.
 
Match progression:
Zedan Polo team: 0- 3 | 3 - 3 | 3 - 6 | 6 - 6 | 8 - 7
Top scorer of the match: Manuel Crespo, 5 goals
 
Prior to the highly anticipated face-off between Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo teams, the crowd was treated to a performance by the Dubai Police Marching band followed by the UAE National Anthem. A display of fine Bentley Cars accompanied the teams for their presentation. The first chukker showed an even performance from both teams which ended at 3 - 2 in favour of UAE Polo. The team kept increasing its goal advantage with a series of goals until halftime notably from Tomas Panelo. The Habtoor team came back with three goals from Facundo Sola and Tommy Beresford to close in the score and settled the fourth chukker at 9 - 6. Facu managed to deliver two more goals at the last chukker but was not enough to outscore its opponent. The Final declared UAE Polo team as its victors with a score of 10 - 8.

Match Progression:
UAE Polo team: 3- 2 | 6 - 3 | 8 - 3 | 9 - 6 | 10 - 8
Top scorer of the match: Facundo Sola, 6 goals

Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum graced the afternoon and awarded the winners of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019. Trevor Weller, Director - Prestige Division of Bentley Emirates joined him on the stage to award the Bentley Cup runner up - Dubai Wolves and the winners - Zedan Polo Team. For the final awardees, Régis Burger, Head Middle East of Julius Baer (Middle East) Ltd., joined the stage to give the awards to the runner up of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 final - Habtoor Polo - and the champions - UAE Polo Team. Alejandro Muzzio was awarded the Most Valuable Player and Milly, the horse he rode, was named the Best Playing Pony.

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo - Contenders for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 Trophy

(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 Photos)

The Semifinals of the Dubai Open 2019 comes to an exciting end as UAE Polo faced Desert Palm on the first match and Habtoor Polo competed against Abu Dhabi Polo team.
 
The first match saw both UAE Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams neck and neck all the way up to the third chukker closing it in at 6 goals to 5 in favour of UAE Polo. At the fourth chukker, UAE Polo created three-goal advantage as they scored four goals from Alejandro Muzzio, some penalty shots and a last second goal by Matias Benoit which ended the chukker at 10 goals to 7. Desert Palm’s Bart Castagnola was able to score a goal at the last chukker but was offset by a goal from Alejandro Muzzio, 20 seconds short of the final buzzer. The match concluded with a final score of 11 - 8 in favor of UAE Polo.
 
Match progression:
UAE Polo team: 3 - 2 | 3 - 4 | 6 - 5 | 10 -  7 | 11 - 8
 
Spectators who came to see the last match of the semifinals were not disappointed as the competing teams delivered an intense match. The first chukker had seen Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of Habtoor Polo, score the first goal from the first line out and the team proceeded to hold the lead until the end of the second chukker at 6 goals to 3. Facundo Sola and Alfredo Cappella traded in penalties for either side throughout and locked the fourth chukker at 10 goals to 9 with Habtoor Polo still on the lead. At the last chukker, Alfredo Cappella's goal for the Abu Dhabi Polo team created a tie which was broken by Hugo Lewis placing the lead back to Habtoor Polo. The team held on until the end and took the win with a one-goal lead, 11 goals to 10. 

Match Progression:
Habtoor Polo team: 3 - 1 | 6 - 3 | 8 - 7 | 10 - 9 | 11 - 10

The Julius Baer Gold Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament continues with its Semi Finals on 5th March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. UAE Polo will play against Desert Palm Polo at 14:00 and at 16:00, Habtoor Polo compete with Abu Dhabi Polo team.
 
 

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