Britain’s finest institutions were in the saddle with teams from Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, Harrow, the Cavalry & Guards Club and The British Army going head to head.
The day traditionally opens with camels rather than horses on the field. Her Grace the Duchess of Rutland, presented the Hackett Camel Polo Cup to the winning palyers, said: “The British Polo day’s 5th anniversary in Dubai left the Manners family speechless with the precision and perfection in how it was orchestrated. It is the perfect way to showcase our British heritage and brands and for business and personalities to mingle in a relaxed yet formal environment’.
The afternoon’s polo action continued with Eton v Harrow., the final chukka seeing the Paton-Philip brothers, Rick and Jimmy, snatch a 3-3 draw with two spectacular goals. The next match pitted together Oxford and Cambridge in another thrilling encounter. After a nail-biting finale, Oxford narrowly beat Cambridge 4-3. The Habtoor Polo team was comprised of patron Mohammed Al Habtoor, his son Habtoor Al Habtoor, Nacho Bello and Guillermo Cuitiño. Despite Army polo players Jack Mann, Matthew Blakiston and Robert Freeman Kerr putting up a tremendous fight, the Habtoor Polo team were victorious on their home turf.
The celebrations carried on long into the night at the XL Beach Club at the Habtoor Grand Hotel.