Team Cartier Beat Team CNN In The Dubai Polo Challenge

Cartier won the prestigious Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge this weekend. It was a thrilling final they defeated CNN 11.5 – 7. CNN, who were making their debut in this tournament’s final, had looked strong in the latter league stages, but struggled against an in-form Cartier team here this afternoon.
The winning team patrons, Saeed Bin Drai and Adriano Agosti, received the trophy and winners’ prizes from HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who attended the event on behalf of the tournament’s patron, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. HH Sheikh Mansour was accompanied by Laurent Gaborit, Regional Managing Director of Cartier Middle East, India and Africa and Ali Albwardy, the owner of Desert Palm.
In addition to awarding prizes to the winning team, HH Sheikh Mansour presented Cartier’s Raul Laplacette with the La Martina Most Valuable Player Award. He also placed the La Martina Best Playing Pony Rug on Saeed Bin Drai’s Cata, a seven-year-old mare which had been played by Laplacette in this final.
Four professional/amateur 14-goal teams were competing in this prestigious Cartier competition, now in its 9th year. The polo was managed by the core team from Guards Polo Club in the UK, while La Martina retained its Official Team Kit Supplier status, ensuring that players and ponies were as elegant as the game. Cartier’s illustrious guests were in fact treated to two superb displays of fast paced and exciting polo. The day included an earlier match for the subsidiary Desert Palm Trophy, in which Desert Palm defeated UAE Polo Team 7-5.

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