UAE polo team continues unbeaten run to win 2019 Julius Baer Gold Cup

David Cooper - Writer 16:16 10/03/2019
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Success: Team UAE were once again successful

Team UAE continued their fine form as the Julius Baer Gold Cup final delivered a classic. Fans were treated to entertaining polo that didn’t disappoint the spectators 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 3-3. Zedan charged further and stretched the 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 battling to take home the win. Zedan closed the match with a one-goal lead and claimed the Bentley Cup 2019 title and trophy.

02. JBGC 2019 Runner Up -Habtoor Polo

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 half time, notably from Tomas Panelo. The Habtoor team came back with three goals from Facundo Sola and Tommy Beresford ​before the fourth chukker was finished at 9-6. Facu managed to deliver two more goals at the last chukker but was not enough as the UAE Polo team went on to win 10–8.

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.

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