|By Gonzalo Etcheverry
GHANTOOT CONQUERED HABTOOR POLO BY 14 GOALS TO 6 TO WIN THE MOST IMPORTANT TROPHY OF THE SEASON.
Ghantoot defeated Habtoor Polo in the final by 14 goals to 6 and won the Gold Cup, Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013.
The team made by Ali Al Merri, Juan Zubiaurre, Facundo Sola and Pelayo Berazadi played a superb match from beginning to end and took a deserved victory.
After two tied chukkers, Facundo Sola, the MVP of the tournament, led Ghantoot in the second half of the game to a comfortable win.
Sola scored 9 goals for his team and was also the top scorer of the tournament.
Habtoor Polo tried hard, with patron Mohammed Al Habtoor and Captain Guillermo Cuitino playing a good game, but couldn´t stop the excellent performance by Ghantoot.
Pelayo Berazadi´s “El Pibe” was the best playing pony of the final.
Bin Drai Polo Team won the Subsidiary Final after defeating Abu Dhabi by 10 goals to 7.
Six teams took part of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: Habtoor Polo; Mahra Polo; Zedan Polo; Bin Drai Polo; Abu Dhabi Polo and Ghantoot Polo.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai.
With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. It’s also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region and always attracts a high profile crowd. This year it looks set to be more popular than ever and some of the most respected names from the world of polo have confirmed their participation.
As always the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series promises the very best in sportsmanship, entertainment of the highest level and an atmosphere unlike any other polo event.
Sponsors this year include:
In the photo: Ghantoot Polo Team and Facundo Sola
© Gonzalo Etcheverry/DubaiPoloGoldCupSeries
**HORSE TIMES will be featuring a full report about the final in its upcoming issue 41.