Today the 2016 Julius Baer Gold Cup kicked off in Dubai. Bin Drai and Zedan achieved two great victories in the opening day of the Julius Baer Gold Cup at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Bin Drai defeated Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo by 9-3 and Zedan won against Abu Dhabi Polo Team by 11-10.
In the first match of the day, Bin Drai, with an excellent teamwork and Guillermo Terrera playing at a great level defeated Julius Baer Team to begin the Gold Cup in the best way. Terrera scored four goals and was the top scorer and Most Valuable Player of the match.
In the second match of the day, Zedan defeated Abu Dhabi Polo Team by 11-10 in a thrilling match decided in the last seconds with an amazing goal by Pablo Mac Donough. Argentinean 10-goaler, Triple Crown winner with La Dolfina, made an exhibition of high polo level in the last two chukkas for a great comeback of Zedan to win the game.
Patron Amr Zedan team was 5 goals down with 14 minutes left till Mac Donough put his engines at full speed to score 6 goals in the last two chukkas for a total of 10 that made him the Most Valuable Player and top scorer of the match.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow with another double action day at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. From 2 pm, Mahra will be facing Wolves Polo Team followed by UAE Polo vs Ghantoot at 4 pm.
The teams include:
• Abu Dhabi Polo Team: Patron Faris Al Yabhouni
• Bin Drai Polo Team: Patron Saeed Bin Drai
• Edrees Polo Team: Patron Sultan Edrees
• Ghantoot Polo Team: Patron HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
• Julius Baer Polo team by Habtoor : 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 Ahmed M Al Habtoor & Khalaf Rashid Al Habtoor
• Zedan Polo Team: Patron Amr Zedan
About Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open)
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), the UAE’s premier polo tournament, takes place from Friday, 19 February 2016 to Friday, 11 March 2016. A record number of teams vie for this year’s title. The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is part of the Gold Cup Series. It immediately follows the McLaren Cup 2016. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The tournament, played under HPA rules, is now in its seventh year. It has grown significantly since inception.