Perseverance Pays Off For Noor Al Hawa In Amir Trophy

Noor Al Hawa and a jubilant Alberto Sanna | Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club


Making a remarkable fifth straight appearance in the marquee race on the Qatar racing calendar, the US$1-million H.H. The Amir Trophy, Al Wasmiyah Farm's Noor Al Hawa (Fr) (Makfi {GB}) took advantage of a soft trip attending a modest pace and raced away to a convincing victory Saturday in Doha. Berkshire Rocco (Fr) (Sir Percy {GB}), who nearly took out the 2020 G1 St Leger S., came home second ahead of last year's Qatar Derby hero Hellenistique (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in third. The Amir Trophy is one of three races contested locally that is eligible for full black-type per international cataloging standards.

Noor Al Hawa bounced well from gate one, but was content to allow the slightly longer-winded Off He Goes (Aus) (Casino Prince {Aus}) a very easy time of things up front. With Alberto Sanna hard against him entering the final 800 metres, Noor Al Hawa always traveled like a winner, wresting command with a bit less than a quarter-mile to race before lengthening clear. Berkshire Rocco raced prominently throughout and was narrowly runner-up ahead of Hellenistique, who rallied from last to collect third money. Top-rated Aspetar (Fr) (Al Kazeem {GB}) would have been inconvenienced by the lack of pace and ran on gamely to be fourth after sitting an inside trip behind midfield.

The champion of his generation in Germany in 2016, Noor Al Hawa won that year's Qatar Derby in his local debut before finishing runner-up to Chopin (Ger) (Santiago {Ger}) in the 2017 Amir Trophy. Third, but placed second behind local legend The Blue Eye (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) the following February, he was unplaced in the last two renewals, but was in career form for 2021, having won four on the bounce with Sanna at the controls.

Noor Al Hawa is out of Majestic Roi, upset winner of the 2007 G1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S. for Jaber Abdullah and Mick Channon. The half-sister to 2012 G3 Newbury Arc Trial hero Black Spirit (Black Minnaloushe) is the dam of a 2-year-old Mastercraftsman (Ire) filly and a yearling colt by Kodiac (GB).


WATCH: Noor Al Hawa breaks through in the Amir Trophy in Qatar


Saturday, Al Rayyan, Qatar
H.H. THE AMIR TROPHY (Black-Type), $1,000,000, Al Rayyan, 2-20, 4yo/up, 2400mT, 2:30.65, gd.
1–NOOR AL HAWA (FR), 128, h, 8, Makfi (GB)–Majestic Roi (G1SW-Eng, GSP-Fr, $346,585), by Street Cry (Ire). O-Al Wasmiyah Farm; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Limited; T-George Mikhalides; J-Alberto Sanna; $570,000. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Ger at 7-9.5f, Hwt. Older Horse-Qat at 9.5-11f & 11-14f, MGSW-Ger, GSW-Fr, 33-15-6-5, $2,595,878. *1/2 to Majestic Jasmine (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}), SW-Ger.
2–Berkshire Rocco (Fr), 126, c, 4, Sir Percy (GB)–Sunny Again (GB), by Shirocco (Ger). (€35,000 Wlg '17 ARQDEC; €50,000 Ylg '18 GOFORB). O-Berkshire Parts & Panels; B-SAGL Seserve; T-Andrew Balding; J-Jason Watson; $220,000.
3–Hellenistique (Fr), 126, c, 4, Wootton Bassett (GB)–Hasturianita (Ire), by Dubawi (Ire). (€130,000 Ylg '18 ARQAUG; €56,000 HRA '20 ARQNOV). O-Injaaz Stud; B-Haras d'Etreham; T-Zuhair Mohsen; J-Ronan Thomas; $110,000.
Margins: 2 3/4, NK, HF.
Also Ran: Aspetar (Fr), Standard Deviation, Off He Goes (Aus), Pedro Cara (Fr), Otwo, Masterpiece (Fr), Quelindo (Ger).

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