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Mon 12th Mar 2018

Julius Baër Gold Cup 2018

Bin Drai win the title

In a tough match, on Saturday 9 March, Bin Drai rode out victorious against rivals Abu Dhabi to lift the Julius Baër Gold Cup at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, one the most important trophies in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. After losing the Final of the McLaren Cup against Zedan, Rashid Bin Drai and his team had a point to prove. From the word go, Bin Drai played a superior game, showing their intentions from the first minute. Teamwork and concentration meant they led the field from the first throw-in, until the very end with a final score of 13-9. Abu Dhabi’s Alfredo Capella scored eight goals for his team, the highest goal count of the match. Andrés ‘Lala’ Laplacette was presented with the Most Valuable Player Award, whilst Raúl Laplacette’s pony Cruzeiro (who he played in the first and fourth chukkas) was named the Best Playing Pony. This pony also won the Best Playing Pony rug in the McLaren Sliver Cup 2018. In the Subsidiary Final, Desert Palm beat Habtoor Polo 7-5 to win the Bentley Cup. The next tournament in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the 18 goal Dubai Challenge Cup, which begins on Wednesday 14 March, with the Final falling on Friday 23 March. For more information about the Series, please click here.

Photograph: Bin Drai beat Abu Dhabi to win the Julius Baër Gold Cup at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. By Gonzalo Etcheverry

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