Habtoor Polo and Bin Drai will contest the final of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2016 after winning their respective semi-finals at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort.
Bin Drai defeating UAE Polo by nine goals to six, while Habtoor Polo beat Zedan by 11-9.
In the first match of the day Bin Drai had came firing out of the blocks in the opening chukker, going up by two goals in seven minutes. This early lead was to become crucial at the end of the game.
UAE never gave up and pushed hard to get back in the game but Saeed Bin Drai, Tomás Iriarte (who suffered two hard falls luckily without consequences), Matías Torres Zavaleta and Raúl Laplacette used their superior experience to control the closing stages of the match and seal a three-goal win.
Bin Drai: 2-0/ 3-2/ 5-3/ 7-6/ 9-6
The second semi-final was arguably the game of the season.
Habtoor Polo played with great team work to neutralize the threat of Zedan’s star player Pablo MacDonough and take the spoils.
After a great comeback in the second half from Zedan, patron Mohammed Al Habtoor’s team powered away from to secure a well-deserved berth in the finals.
Habtoor: 2-4/ 4-5/ 7-6/ 9-9/11-9
The Dubai Challenge Cup concludes on with finals day on Friday.
Edrees and Wolves will play the in the Bentley Cup at 2 pm, with the Dubai Challenge Cup final to follow at 4 pm.
Habtoor Polo sealed the fourth and final spot of the Dubai Challenge Cup 2016 after edging past Bin Drai by six goals to five.
Victory over Bin Drai also gives Habtoor a top ranking, and they will face Zedan in the semi-finals next Tuesday at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort, while Bin Drai will take on UAE Polo to complete the draw.
Guillermo Cuitiño was the top scorer and Habtoor’s star player with 4 goals while Matías Torres Zavaleta struck three for Bin Drai.
Habtoor Polo: 1-1/ 3-2/ 5-4/ 6-5
Earlier in the day Edrees Polo defeated Wolves by nine goals to six.
Edrees’ Juan Ruíz Guiñazú was the top scorer of the match with four goals with Wolves counterpart Diego Araya scoring the same amount.
Both teams will play the Subsidiary Final on Friday 1st April.
Edrees: 2-0/ 5-3/ 7-4/ 9-6
The Habtoor team clinched a 6-2 victory over Royal Salute British Exiles in the British Polo Day Cup.
In what was an enthralling encounter, Marcos Panelo and Guillermo Cutino registered the goals, with brothers Mohammed Al Habtoor and Habtoor Al Habtoor providing strong support.
Elsewhere, Execu-Jet Guards overcame British Silverware Cavalry 1-0 in camel polo.
Swapping camels for pedals, Hackett Rest of World beat Taylor Morris UAE 3-0 in Brompton bicycle polo.
These preceded the highly-anticipated match between RJI Capital Oxbridge and Shangri-La Dubai Gulf Polo, which RJI won by the slenderest of margins (3-2).
‘Poderoso’, ridden by Guillermo Cutino, was named Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Best Playing Pony’ by Marc de Panafieu.
Saif Al Ghurair picked up the Holland & Holland ‘Shot of The Day’.
British Polo Day UAE Tom Hudson, Co-Founder of British Polo Day said: “This is now our seventh year in the UAE and we are very grateful for all the support we have received from our hosts and all our partners. Polo in the UAE is going from strength to strength and we are proud to have been part of that journey.”