The excitement builds as Abu Dhabi and Ghantoot Polo teams scored their second win at the Standard Chartered Gold Cup 2020 tournament.
The first match between Dubai Wolves and Abu Dhabi Polo teams opened with a goal from Juan Gris Zavaleta for the Wolves. Abu Dhabi took off at the second chukker with Alfredo Cappella striking three goals for the team and a goal from its patron, Faris Al Yabhouni. Dubai Wolves struggled to gain position during the next chukkers as Abu Dhabi polo continued with goals from Capella and Martin Donovan. The match ended with a final score of 12 goals to 9 in favour of Abu Dhabi Polo Team.
Match Progression: 0 – 1 | 4 – 2 | 8 – 4 | 11 – 6 | 12 – 9
Top scorer: Alfredo Cappella, Abu Dhabi Polo, 8 goals
Ghantoot Polo team took control of the next match from the first chukker with Marcos Araya bringing in three goals for the team by halftime. AM – UAE made a comeback from the fourth chukker as they scored two goals and another three by the last chukker. However, the early lead by Ghantoot secured the win for the team at 9 goals to 6.
Match Progression: 2 – 0 | 3 – 1 | 7 – 1 | 7 – 3 | 9 – 6
Top scorer: Marcos Araya, Ghantoot Polo, 6 goals
The Standard Chartered Gold Cup will continue on the 25th of February, Tuesday, starting with a penalty shootout at 13:45 between Abu Dhabi Polo, Ghantoot Polo and UAE Polo teams for a spot at the semi-finals. At 14:30, Zedan Polo will play against Banagash Polo team and a match between UAE Polo and Habtoor Polo is scheduled at 16:15. Catch the action live on Field 1 of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club or watch it online on Pololine TV’s livestream.
About Standard Chartered Private Bank – Title Sponsor
Standard Chartered Private Bank provides private banking services to clients across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, through onshore booking centres in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, India, London, and Jersey. The company also offers global Trust and Fiduciary capabilities through its Singapore centre. Its aspiration of being the private bank of choice among generations of entrepreneurs is built on Standard Chartered’s inherent strengths: a heritage of some 160 years in international banking, a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and a strong understanding of growth markets.
Bentley Emirates – Main Sponsor
Bentley Emirates, part of Al Habtoor Motors, the official dealer of Bentley in the UAE is the largest Bentley Dealer in the world. Driven by professionalism, quality and high standards of customer service, Bentley Emirates continues to serve with utmost confidence and is poised to scale even greater heights.
U.S. Polo Assn. – Official Apparel Sponsor
U.S. Polo Assn. is proud to be the official apparel partner of the Dubai Gold Cup. The brand not only designs custom performance jerseys worn by some of the teams competing in the tournament, but also sells its product in Dubai and 180 countries around the world.
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series was founded in 2009 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of the Habtoor Polo team. Growing rapidly every year, the Gold Cup (Dubai Open) was recognised by the World Polo Tour (WPT); in January 2014, the WPT committee credited the Gold Cup tournament as the highest competition in terms of points within the WPT Challenge Cup category, elevating it to 50 points for the winner. 2015 marked the first time ever that the WPT upgraded the Gold Cup Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points. In 2017, the tournament was moved up to WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition point-wise, awarding its winners with 125 points. The Silver Cup is ranked under the WPT Cup category, with 50 points for winners and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the WPT Challenge Cup Category, awarding its winners with 20 points. Dubai Gold Cup Series is proud to be the only tournament series with this exclusive accreditation in the GCC and MENA Region, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide.