Bin Drai has qualified for the semifinals of the McLaren Cup after defeating Zedan by 10-8 in an exciting double action day at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Patron Saeed Bin Drai’s team joins Zedan in the next stage of the first trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2016.
After today’s Mahra early victory against Habtoor Polo by 7-6, two places are left in the semifinals. One of the remaining places will be decided in tomorrow’s match between UAE Polo and Wolves and the other one will come out from a shootout with Habtoor, Mahra and the looser of tomorrow’s game, taking part.
Two thrilling matches were held this afternoon at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club with a great polo level and plenty of action. Mahra played a complete match, with excellent teamwork and strong defense to defeat the always tough Habtoor Polo team.
Isidro Strada, from Mahra Polo, was the MVP and top scorer of the game with 4 goals and Guillermo Cuitiño and Matías Torres Zavaleta, with two goals each, the top scorers in Habtoor Polo team.
The second match of the day also brought a great polo level with Bin Drai and Zedan playing one of the best games of the season. Bin Drai achieved a great victory by 10-8 after five chukkas of continuous action enjoyed by polo spectators.
Pablo Mac Donough (Zedan) was the top scorer of the match with 6 goals and Marcos Panelo (Bin Drai) with 4 the top scorer in the winning team.
The McLaren Cup will continue tomorrow at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club with UAE Polo playing against Wolves Polo from 3.00 pm.
Six polo teams are participating in the McLaren Cup 2016 18-goal handicap:
· Mahra Polo – Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor
· Bin Drai Polo Team – Patron: Saeed Bin Drai
· Habtoor Polo Team – Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor
· UAE Polo Team – Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
· Zedan Polo Team – Patron: Amr Zedan
· Habtoor Wolves Polo Team – Patron: Ahmed Mohammed Al Habtoor / Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor
The participating teams host some of the top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and two-time ‘Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina’; Lucas Montverde (9 goal handicap); Guillermo Terrera (8-goal handicap), Alfredo Cappella Barabucci (8-goal handicap) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (8-goal handicap) and many others.
About Dubai Polo Gold Cup
The DPGC Series has wrapped up its latest season with resounding success. Each year the tournament reaches new heights. In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and in January 2014 the WPT committee announce that the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series’ has enabled it’s important tournament (Gold Cup) for being the highest tournament in points within the Challenge Cup category by raising to 50 points for the winners. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo. In 2015 marked the first time ever that the World Polo Tour (WPT) upgraded the Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, meaning winners received 60 points. The 18 goal handicap competition is now the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide.