“NOOR” is Arabic for ‘light’ or ‘bright’ and Mary Slack looks to have been spot-on with the naming of her three-year-old bay filly by Dynasty from Express Queen.
Noor raced away to her second win from as many starts, putting more than two lengths between herself and the runner-up in a MR76 Handicap over 1600m on Turffontein’s inside track, Thursday.
Noor had won her Maiden over the same distance on the straight course at the Vaal and she took the step up in commanding fashion under Anthony Delpech. She showed good gate speed to race into a handy position after the break, then quickened beautifully to put the result beyond doubt fully 150m from the line.
Noor looked sensible in the way she raced up, settled and quickened when asked and Mathew de Kock commented: “She wasn’t as green as in her first start, but she ran around a bit after hitting the front so there’s more improvement to come as she puts it all together. She’s a nice, promising filly.”
Mathew said that Noor is likely to be aimed at the Fillies Mile on Summer Cup Day. He believes the standside track will suit her best.