19th February 2017, DUBAI, UAE: Another exciting double action day was held today at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club for the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2017. Habtoor Wolves and Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo defeated Mahra and Bangash Polo Team.
In the first match of the day, for sure one of the most exciting matches of the season till now, Wolves defeated Mahra by 10 goals to 9 in a match that was decided in the last action of the game.
A great goal by Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario gave Wolves the “in extremis” victory after a great comeback in the fifth chukker.
Mahra had the control of the match in the first half but Wolves never gave up and achieve to close a 3 goal gap in the fourt chukker to enter the last period one goal above (7-8).
In the last 7 minutes Wolves reaction was accomplished with Manuel Crespo scoring to even the match in 9 goals and the last action by Ferrario for the very celebrated triumph by Habtoor Wolves Team.
Wolves: 3-2/ 3-5/ 4-7/ 7-8/ 10-9
In the second match of the day, Julius Baer Team by Habtoor, with ten goaler Nicolás Pieres playing at a superb level, defeated Bangash by 11 goals to 8.
Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor´s team played a great first half and achieved a comfortable 5 goal gap in the score (9-4).
But Bangash fought hard to close the gap and managed to put some pressure on Julius Baer Team in the fourth chukker.
But Nico Pieres appeared with all his talent in the last seven minutes to warrant a deserved victory by 11 goals to 8.
Julius Baer: 4-2/ 7-4/ 9-4/ 9-5/ 11-8
The Julius Baer Gold Cup continues next tuesday with another double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
Starting at 2pm, UAE Polo will play against Zedan followed by Desert Palm against Abu Dhabi Polo Team.
About The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. Since inception the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has grown from strength to strength. Today, it is ranked among the best polo tournaments in the world. Now an 18 goal handicap competition, it is the highest handicapped event in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. It was first recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT) in 2012. Three years later the WPT upgraded the tournament from Challenge Cup to the highly coveted WPT Cup, providing winners with 80 points. In 2017 the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series moved to its new home ground – The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, a state-of-the-art development devoted to equine sports.