On Monday, 22 January 2018, the organizing committee conducted a live draw for the McLaren Cup 2018 fixture at The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club – the home ground of the Series. The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, an 18-goal handicap competition, enters its ninth year under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Five high-goal tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series:
-Silver Cup: January 26 to February 9.
-Polo Masters Cup: February 10-15.
-Julius Baer Gold Cup: February 16 – March 9.
-Dubai Challenge Cup: March 14-23.
-Dubai Cup: April 6-13.

Founded by Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009, the tournament is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai, and since 2012 it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).

It is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires. Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Gold Cup Series and patron of the Habtoor Polo team, said, “This year there are six teams playing in the McLaren Cup. The participating teams will host some of the top-ranking world polo tour players, including Pablo Mac Donough, the 10-goal superstar and three-time Triple Crown Champion with La Dolfina; Polito Pieres, another 10-goal figure and winner of the 2012 Gold Cup in England; Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario [8-goal handicap]; Francisco Elizalde [8-goal handicap], and many others who have come directly from Argentine Open.”

The final of the McLaren Cup will take place on 9 February 2018 from 1pm at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, located in Dubai Land.

The six participating teams in The McLaren Cup 2018:
Los equipos participantes:
Bin Drai: Rashid Bin Drai 1, Andrés Laplacette 4, Matias Torres Zavaleta 7, Raúl Laplacette 6. Total: 18.
Habtoor Polo Team: Mohammed Al Habtoor 0, Jack Hyde 4, Bautista Ortiz de Urbina 6, Francisco Elizalde 8. Total: 18.
Mahra Polo Team: Rashid Al Habtoor 0, Benjamín Urquiza 5, Isidro Strada 6, Jero del Carril 6. Total: 17.
UAE Polo Team: HH Shaikha Maitha 0, Pablo Avalos 2, Matías Benoit 6, Polito Pieres 9. Total: 17.
Wolves Polo Team: Habtoor Al Habtoor 1, Matias Diego González Miguel 2, Ezequiel Martínez Ferrario 8, Manuel Crespo 7. Total: 18.
Zedan Polo Team: Amr Zedan 0, Tomás Panelo 3, Martín Gándara 5, Pablo Mac Donough 10. Total: 18.

About Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series was founded in 2009 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of The Habtoor Polo team. Each year the tournament reaches new heights. In 2012 the Gold Cup was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT), and in January 2014 the WPT committee credited The Gold Cup tournament as being the highest competition in terms of points within The Challenge Cup category, elevating it to 50 points for the winner. The certificate of entry was presented by the international polo. 2015 marked the first time ever that the WPT upgraded the Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners received 60 points. 2017 saw the tournament being ranked up to WPT Championship Cup, with winners now receiving 80 points. The McLaren Cup, also known as The Silver Cup, is ranked under the WPT Challenge Cup Category – with winners receiving 30 points.

All matches will be streamed live on Pololine TV via Polocam.

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