Bin Drai claim Julius Baer Gold Cup with classy beating of Abu Dhabi

  • Bin Drai claim Julius Baer Gold Cup with classy beating of Abu Dhabi

When it mattered most, Bin Drai managed to find the form needed to overcome the might of Abu Dhabi, one of the toughest sides on the national polo circuit. And they did that in style, winning the prestigious Julius Baer Gold Cup in the process with a 13-9 defeat of their fancied rivals at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Bin Drai were at another level against Abu Dhabi and never let their foes take control of the game at any phase. Alfredo Capella of Abu Dhabi would have left the field thoroughly disappointed after his eight goal effort, the highest individual score in the match, went down the drain. Raul Laplacette top scored for Bin Drai with seven goals.

Bin Drai led 2-1 at the end of the first chukka and consistently built upon their lead, moving up 5-3 and then to 9-3 at the end of a high scoring third chukka where Abu Dhabi failed to add to their score. An eight goal difference separated the two sides going into the fifth and final chukka. At that point, Bin Drai led 12-4 and even though Abu Dhabi managed a late rally, scoring five times in the final period, they were only able to reduce the arrears to 13-9. The second tier Bentley Cup was played earlier in the day and won by Desert Palm, who beat Habtoor Polo 7-5. The game was played in contrast to the one involving Bin Drai and Abu Dhabi, with Desert Palm leading 3-2 at the end of the second period after the scores were tied at 2-2 following the opening chukka.

Both teams scored twice in the third phase but Desert Palm managed a further strike in the fourth phase to lead 7-5 going into the final period. And with neither side managing to add to their tally, it finished 7-5 in favour of Desert Palm. Camilo Castagnola and Santiago Laborde scored three goals apiece for Desert Palm. The Julius Baer Gold Cup is an 18 goal handicap competition and one of the only tournaments in the UAE to be recognised and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted WPT Cup.

  • HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

    HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum