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24 January 2015
Ghantoot Polo defeats Habtoor Polo in a very tough match
Ghantoot Polo defeated Habtoor by 8 goals to 7 in the only match held today for the McLaren Cup at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
A very tight match faced Ghantoot with Habtoor. During the five chukkas, both teams battled for the victory that finally achieved Ghantoot by a one goal difference.
In such a close game the difference was that Ghantoot took advantage of the chances they had to score.
The game started better for Habtoor Polo that managed to score 3 consecutive goals in the first chukka for a 3-1lead.
But a quick response from Ghantoot even the actions in the three following chukkas.
In the last seven minutes, with a continuous come and go Alejandro Muzzio scored the definitive goal forGhantoot´s victory by 8 goals to 7.
Ghantoot Polo: 1-3/ 4-3/ 4-5/ 6-6/ 8-7
The McLaren Cup 2015 will continue tomorrow with a double action day at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. From 12 pm, Mahra will face Edrees followed by Desert Palm 2 and Abu Dhabi at 3 pm.
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2015 (Dubai Open) Enters its Sixth Year
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, who has supported the tournament since inception.
The Dubai Open, now in its sixth year, is considered one of the most important and prestigious polo events in the
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the tournament said, “The Dubai Gold Cup Series gets better and better each
year. In a short space of time, The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has become the highest handicapped tournament
in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The tournament, which started off as a 10-12 goal handicap in 2010, to a 16
goal handicap in 2014, has now increased even further to an 18 goal handicap this year. This shows that Dubai is
now firmly on the world map as a polo destination.”
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series is the fourth-largest tournament of its kind after Argentina, the US and the UK.
Each year the event reaches new heights growing in tandem with the city of Dubai which has quickly gained
popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage. The Dubai Open is the only tournament certified and
recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT), since 2012. And, recently the WPT raised the level of the competition
for a second year running. The WPT said in a statement, "One of the polo destinations that had grown most in
recent years is Dubai. The Dubai Gold Cup, the main competition, is played at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and
will go up from Challenge Cup to WPT Cup and the winners will be awarded 60 points."