Abu Dhabi and Desert Palm Polo Teams – Quarterfinal Winners of the Dubai Open 2019


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photos: Khalil Ali & Dmytro Tarasevych|  More Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 Photos)

The games continued at the Quarter Finals of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2019 at Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. Abu Dhabi Polo won its match against Zedan Polo with a single goal lead, and Desert Palm claimed triumph over Ghantoot Polo team on the second match.
Abu Dhabi Polo team broke into a fast lead in the first match with goals from Santiago Gomez Romero and Alfredo Cappella. Zedan Polo team, not missing a beat, closed in on the opponent with subsequent goals from Raul Laplacette and was on the lead by halftime. The last two chukkers had the teams in a tight match as Abu Dhabi drove the lead back on their side and ultimately closed the game with a last-second goal from Guy Gibrat at 9 goals to 8. 
Match progression:
Abu Dhabi Polo team: 3 - 1 | 5 - 4 | 6 - 7 | 8 - 7 | 9 - 8
Top scorer of the match: Raul Laplacette, 6 goals
The second match had seen Desert Palm Polo team demonstrate a strong start with consistent performance throughout the game. The team had a huge lead by the end of the third chukker with 7 goals to 1. Desert Palm delivered additional goals at the fourth chukker, further defining the team's advantage. In spite of the successive goals from Ghantoot’s players during the last chukker, the end of the fourth chukker was enough to seal the win for Desert Palm, and the match ended with a final score of 11 to 6.
Match Progression:
Desert Palm Polo team: 2 - 0 | 4 - 0 | 7 - 1 | 9 - 2 | 11 – 6
Top scorer of the match: Camillo Castagnola, 4 goals
The Julius Baer Gold Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will have its Subsidiary Semifinal on 04th March 2019 at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.


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