Two thrilling matches were held this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort for the seven day of action at the Julius Baer Gold Cup.
Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo defeated Ghantoot by 11 goals to 10 and Edrees also defeated Wolves by a 10-7 score.
In the first match of the day Julius Baer Team and Ghantoot Polo held an exciting game with a great polo level and plenty of goals. After Julius Baer having a comfortable lead of the match up to the fourth chukker, Ghantoot made a comeback to take the lead by 10-9 with only seven minutes to go.
It was in the last chukker, with the score tied in 10 goals apiece, that Manuel Elizalde took the ball from midfield to run through the goalposts and score the winning goal for Julius Baer in the last seconds of the match.
In the second match of the day, Edrees and Wolves played another great game with patron Sultan Edrees team achieving the first victory in the tournament.
Edrees defeated Wolves by 10 goals to 7 with Juan “Tito” Ruíz Guiñazú as the mvp and top scorer with six goals.
Edrees: 2-1/ 4-3/ 6-3/ 8-4/ 10-7
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue next friday at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club with a double action day.
Starting at 2 pm Zedan Polo will play against Ghantoot Polo followed by Bin Drai Polo against Wolves Polo Team.
Mahra and UAE Polo won their respective matches on the second day of action at the Julius Baer Gold Cup, which is being played at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
Mahra defeated Wolves by 11 goals to six in a match in which they never trailed, while HH Sheikha Maitha’s UAE Polo got the better of Ghantoot by 11 goals to seven after the two teams were locked at four goals each mid-way through the match.
In the first match of the day, Mahra Polo Team, which included Alejandro Novillo Astrada, played at a great level. They were 3-1 up by the end of the first chukker and increased that advantage to three goals by the end of the fourth at 9-6.
The Wolves team fought hard but they had no answers to Novillo Astrada’s brilliance, as he scored eight goals for his team. He was obviously the top scorer of the match and named the Most Valuable Player.
In the second match, it was a very important win for UAE Polo against the powerful Ghantoot team.
UAE Polo played one of their best matches of the season showing great team work with Jack Hyde scoring goals with every chance he got. Hyde scored five goals, while Bautista Bayugar scored all seven goals for Ghantoot to become the top scorer of the game.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue tomorrow with another double action day at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Starting at 2pm, Zedan will play against Edrees Polo, followed by Bin Drai Polo’s match against Abu Dhabi Polo.
Bin Drai and Zedan have stolen an early lead in the Julius Baer Gold Cup after both teams recorded opening wins at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
Bin Drai defeated Julius Baer Team by Habtoor Polo by 9 goals to 3 and Zedan defeated Abu Dhabi Polo Team by 11 goals to 10.
In the first match of the day Bin Drai, with Guillermo Terrera playing at starrring role, defeated Julius Baer Team to begin the Gold Cup in spectatcular fashion.
Terrera scored four goals and was subsequently was awarded the Most Valuable Player award.
In the second match of the day, Zedan defeated Abu Dhabi Polo Team in a thrilling match decided in thefinal seconds, after an impressive goal by Pablo Mac Donough.
The Argentinean 10-goaler, triple crown winner with La Dolfina, exhibited a polo masterclass in the last two chukkers as Zedan stormed back into the game, before clinching the win.
Patron Amr Zedan’s team was five goals down with 14 minutes to play before Mac Donough scored six goals in the last two chukkers.
The Julius Baer Gold Cup will continue Saturday with Mahra against Wolves Polo Team followed by UAE Polo vs Ghantoot.