21 May 2024

New Bay's Devil's Point Takes The German 2000 Guineas

Making all under an enterprising ride from Silvestre De Sousa, Clive Washbourn's Devil's Point (Ire) (New Bay {GB}–Hairy Rocket {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) took Cologne's G2 Coolmore St Mark's BasilicaGerman 2000 Guineas back to Britain on Monday.

Last year’s G1 Futurity Trophy runner-up, who had enjoyed a confidence-boosting win in a Goodwood conditions event earlier this month, was needing the line as Penalty (Ger) (Frankel {GB}) closed in down the centre of the track and it came in time for the David Menuisier-trained colt to prevail by a neck, with Ghorgan (Ger) (Study Of Man {Ire}) another neck away in third. The 3-1 favourite Maigret (Ger) (Counterattack {Aus}) was only fifth.

De Sousa, widely considered one of the best of his trade from the front, was doubling his 2024 Classic tally having conquered the 1000 Guineas. “He wasn’t really handling the track and was babyish and lonely in front, but he delivered,” he said of the 100-30 second favourite. “I rode him like the best horse in the race, but that’s maybe not the best way to ride him generally.” Menuisier added, “The draw in ten wasn’t favourable and we didn’t want to suffer, so we decided to let him stride on. From the earlier races, we could see that nothing was coming from behind and he’s pretty straightforward. He was tired at the end, but the fractions were fast and we always had the plan to come here and then drop in trip for the [G1] Prix Jean Prat and [G1] Prix Maurice de Gheest.”

Pedigree Notes

Devil’s Point, who was also third in last year’s G3 Solario S. and in the G3 Prix Djebel on his 3-year-old bow at Deauville in April, was becoming the ninth group winner for his sire here. The dam is the G2 Queen Mary S.-placed Hairy Rocket, whose other progeny include the G2 Futurity S. third The Acropolis (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}), while the listed-placed second dam Asaawir (GB) (Royal Applause {GB}) produced the G3 Dick Poole S. runner-up Marsh Hawk (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). She in turn is the dam of three black-type performers headed by the G2 Flying Childers S. and G3 Molecomb S. winner Trillium (GB) (No Nay Never). Also connected to the G2 Sun Chariot S. winner and stakes-producing Talented (GB) (Bustino {GB}), Hairy Rocket’s 2-year-old filly by Starspangledbanner (Aus) is named Mary Sherman (Ire) while she also has a foal full-brother to Devil’s Point.

Tom Frary