12 February 2022, Dubai, UAE: The afternoon opened with a penalty shot from Ernesto Trotz at the subsidiary final of the tournament. Estancia Lamar Polo team dominated the first half of the game against El Basha Polo and maintained a 3-goal advantage at the end of the third chukker. Tommy Beresford for El Basha Polo managed to close the gap in scores during the last chukker, but the win still fell in the hands of Estancia Lamar as the game ended with a final score of 6 goals to 5.
Match Progression: 2 – 0 | 5 – 2 | 6 – 3 | 6 – 5
The final featured a match between Bin Drai Polo and Ankora Polo teams, and Raul Laplacette closed the first chukker with a 1-goal lead for Bin Drai. Laplacette‘s consecutive goal shots placed the team in a comfortable lead by halftime.Ricardo Garros for Ankora Polo nicked 2 goals for the team, but the advantage stayed on Bin Drai‘s side. Mohammed Bin Drai stole the ball and converted it to a point making Ankora‘s work cut out for them at the last chukker of the game. Faisal Yabroudi‘s last-second goal sealed the win for Bin Drai at 9 goals to 6.
Match Progression: 2 – 1 | 6 – 3 | 7 – 5 | 9 – 6
Philippe D‘Amat, General Manager of Al Habtoor Polo Resort hotel awarded the teams of the day. Pico Flor was the Best Playing Pony ridden by the tournament‘s Most Valuable Player – Ricardo Garros.
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ABOUT DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP SERIES
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (DPGC) was founded in 2009 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of the Habtoor Polo team and Chairman of the UAE Polo Federation DPGC Series started out with one tournament – the Gold Cup (Dubai Open) – and has grown into a series five premier Polo Tournaments in the Middle East – the Silver Cup, Gold Cup, Polo Masters Cup, Dubai Challenge Cup and the Dubai Cup. The tournaments under the DPGC are recognized by World Polo Tour (WPT), ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide. The Gold Cup is one out of the four tournaments in the world that is played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.
The DPGC Series is one of the most important annual tournaments in the region having its home ground in the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, annually attracting VIP’s, dignitaries, local and international media, society figures, and famous personalities.