Zedan Polo Team & Bin Drai Polo set for mouth-watering Julius Bär Gold Cup final

Sport360 staff 13:45 12/03/2015
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Credit: Gonzalo Etcheverry/DPGC 2015

Zedan Polo Team and Bin Drai Polo will play tomorrow the final of the Julius Bär Gold Cup 2015, the most important trophy of the season.

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After defeating Julius Bär Team and UAE Polo in the semifinals Zedan and Bin Drai will play the most important match of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

Patron´s Amr Zedan Team with superstar Pablo Mac Donough wll play the second final of the season (finalist at President´s Cup) and Bin Drai, patron´s Saeed Bin Drai faces their first decisive game of the season.

Mahra Polo Team and Abu Dhabi Polo Team will be playing, hours before, the Bentley Cup Final in a great final day for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015, plenty of entertaiment and social activities.

Gates at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club will open at 10 am and entertainment will start from 1 pm, previous to the Bentley Cup Final that will begin at 13.30.

The Julius Bär Gold Cup Final will be held from 16.30 at the main field of the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

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Jay Asser 12:10 12/03/2015
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Teams will be battling for the Bentley Cup Final and Julius Baer Gold Cup Final

Enjoy the final weekend of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup 2015 by taking in world-class polo and a day of nonstop entertainment.

– Bin Drai through to Julius Bär Gold Cup final after UAE Polo rout
– Zedan defeats Julius Bar Team by 7 goals to 6 to play Bin Drai in final
– UAE Polo qualify for Julius Bär Gold Cup semis courtesy of penalty shootout

Held tomorrow (Friday) at the Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches in Dubai, the premier polo competition comes to a thrilling conclusion with teams vying for the Bentley Cup Final and Julius Baer Gold Cup Final.

Polo won’t be the only thing offered on the day, with the setting perfect for a day out in the sun.

A picnic area on the lawn will have stunning views of the polo action while guests enjoy meals and socialise.

For youngsters, a kids zone will have a host of fun activities for all-day entertainment.

Guests who want more luxury can experience VIP and the Gold Lounge, which will have local and international DJs, an elegant setting, adult beverages and a tent with an international buffet.

Throughout the afternoon, guests will be treated to cheerleader performances, an acrobatic performance, a camel show and a skydive show.

Fashion enthusiasts can take in the fashion show hosted by Iman Lopez with her exclusive collection 3Prive Couture in the Gold Lounge.

There will also be an award given out for Best Dressed Lady by OK! Middle East following the prize-giving ceremony for the tournament.

The festivities will continue in the evening with a party in the Gold Lounge, before the night winds down at the Official Polo Party at XL Beach Club in Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa.

Going for the trophies on the field will be Mahra Polo and Abu Dhabi Polo in the Bentley Cup Final, along with Bin Drai Polo and Zedan Polo in the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final.

To reach their respective finals, Mahra won 9-8 against Desert Palm 2, Abu Dhabi Polo defeated defending champions Ghantoot Polo 8-7, Bin Drai handled UAE Polo 8-3 and Zedan Polo edged Julius Baer Team 7-6 in the semi-finals.

Zedan Polo feature Pablo MacDonough, who ranks fourth in the tournament with 11 goals.

Gates will open to the public at 10:00, with the Bentley Cup Final at 13:30 and the Julius Baer Gold Cup Final at 16:30.

General admission is Dh150, with tickets available on www.ticketmasteruae.ae.

Shuttle buses will run from Habtoor Grand Hotel to the Polo Club will run every hour from 11:00 to 14:00, with returns at 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.

For more information, as well as a live stream, visit www.dubaipologoldcup.com.

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Peter Ward 11:53 12/03/2015
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Title slipping away: Tadhg O'Shea.

With no local racing on a Thursday for the first time since New Year’s Day, attention switches to Al Ain tomorrow (Friday) where only four have been declared in the featured 1,600m conditions contest.

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Only two trainers are involved, with Al Asayl-based Salem Al Ketbi looking to hold all the aces with Namrood and Arwaah.

Stable jockey Tadhg O’Shea, who looks certain to relinquish the jockeys’ title he has won in each of the past three seasons, elects to partner Namrood. 

Stable companion Arwaah, making a dirt debut, won her debut in France last April over 1,400m and will be having only her second UAE start. 

The mount of Shane Karlsson, as a four-year-old filly she receives weight from the other trio but was over six lengths behind her stable companion when they were second and third in the 2,200m middle round of the Arabian Triple Crown.

The only one of the quartet to have raced on dirt is Manade Athbah, one of two to be saddled by Eric Lemartinel and the mount of Wayne Smith, suggesting he is the trainer’s preferred runner over Thaaniya.

The latter, the mount of Oisin Murphy, has at least won over 1,600m, something the other trio have not managed.

Al Ketbi looks set for a good afternoon and Afaal, the choice of O’Shea, looks the one to beat in a 1,600m fillies and mares’ handicap and may have most to fear from stable companion Al Yawazi and Karlsson.

The only Thoroughbred race, also a 1,600m handicap, it is a moderate contest with the Erwan Charpy-trained Pinter perhaps the one to keep an eye on. Wayne Smith rides.

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