John Reid salutes Dr Devious following death of 1992 Derby winner

Thu 8 Mar 2018

Former jockey John Reid has paid tribute to 1992 Derby hero Dr Devious following his death in Sardinia.

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained son of Ahonoora won the Dewhurst as a juvenile and famously went on to contest the Kentucky Derby, finishing seventh, before returning to Britain to claim the Epsom crown. 

He also added the Irish Champion Stakes to his CV later in the season and finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf before retiring to stud, first in Japan, then Ireland and finally Italy.

Reid said: "He was very tough - there's not been another horse to have run in the Kentucky Derby and come back to win the English Derby.

"I only rode him for the first time in the Derby. I'd ridden him in one piece of work before Epsom but he was my first ride for Peter Chapple-Hyam, and what a way to start.

"He was very, very impressive in that piece of work and I was convinced from then that he would win the Derby if we got round in one piece.

"I know he got beat a couple of times after Epsom, but he probably wasn't at his best, and then he came back to beat St Jovite in the Irish Champion Stakes.

"He was very tough, he ran 15 times at two and three and the biggest problem was trying to get him to relax, he wanted to fight all the way.

"He was a horse that made a lot of people happy, including me."

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