Dr Devious

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Dr Devious
Racing silks of Sidney H. Craig.svg
Racing colours of Sidney H. Craig
Sire Ahonoora
Grandsire Lorenzaccio
Dam Rose of Jericho
Damsire Alleged
Sex Stallion
Foaled 10 March 1989
Country Ireland
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Lyonstown Stud
Owner Luciano Gaucci
Sidney H. Craig
Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam
Record 15: 6-4-0
Earnings ₤812,294[1]
Major wins
Superlative Stakes (1991)
Vintage Stakes (1991)
Dewhurst Stakes (1991)
Epsom Derby (1992)
Irish Champion Stakes (1992)

Dr Devious (foaled 10 March 1989) is an Irish-bred and British-trained Thoroughbred race horse. In a career which lasted from May 1991 until November 1992, he ran fifteen times and won six races. He is most notable as the winner of the Epsom Derby in 1992. Dr Devious's other most significant wins came in the Dewhurst Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes. He was the second horse, after Bold Arrangement in 1986, to run in both the Kentucky Derby and the Epsom Derby.


Bred by Lyonstown Stud, near Cashel, County Tipperary,[2] Dr Devious was sired by Ahonoora out of the mare Rose of Jericho, a daughter of two-time Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Alleged. As a son of Ahonoora,[3] he is a representative of the Byerley Turk sire line,[4] unlike more than 95% of modern thoroughbreds, who descend directly from the Darley Arabian.[5] Rose of Jericho was an unraced mare who also produced the Greenlands Stakes winner Archway.[6] He was purchased by Italian businessman Luciano Gaucci, owner of the Allevamento White Star breeding and racing operation who had had great success in the late 1980s with the colt Tony Bin. Dr Devious, who was reportedly named after a super villain[7] was trained throughout his career by Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Racing career[edit]

1991: two-year-old season[edit]

In the spring of 1991, the two-year-old Dr Devious won the May Maiden Stakes at Newbury, then in June ran second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden for the remainder of the year by Willie Carson, in July he won the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and in August the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse. Back at Newmarket, on 2 October he finished a head second to Young Senor in a crowded field in the Tiffany Highflyer Stakes then just over two weeks later ran in the Group One seven furlong Dewhurst Stakes, Britain's most prestigious race for two-year-olds. He took the lead a furlong from the finish and won by two and a half lengths from Great Palm.[8]

1992: three-year-old season[edit]

American Jenny Craig purchased Dr Devious for a reported $2.5 million as a gift for her husband Sidney.[9] In April 1992, Dr Devious finished second to Marju under the French-based American jockey Cash Asmussen in the Craven Stakes. In May of that year, the colt was shipped to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in America's most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby. Racing on dirt, Dr Devious finished seventh to winner Lil E. Tee. After the race, Sidney Craig asked the advice of his American trainer, Ron McAnally, who advised him that Dr Devious was a turf specialist and that he should send the colt back to England.[10]

Dr Devious returned to England to run in the Epsom Derby on 3 June. Starting the 8/1 second favourite in a field of eighteen, he took the lead a furlong from the finish and held off the challenges of St Jovite and Silver Wisp to win by two lengths.[11]

Three and a half weeks after his Epsom win, Dr Devious met St Jovite again in the Irish Derby at the Curragh. Dr Devious was made odds-on favourite but was never able to make a serious challenge to St Jovite, who won by twelve lengths in record time.[12] Dr Devious finished fourth in the International Stakes at York in August and then ran against St Jovite for a third time in the Irish Champion Stakes over ten furlongs. The two horses raced head-to-head down the stretch with Dr Devious moving ahead near the wire and winning by a short head.[13]

Dr Devious ran three more times without recovering his best form. He finished sixth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf, and unplaced on his final start in the Japan Cup.[14]

Stud career[edit]

Retired to stud at Coolmore Ireland, he was eventually sent to Italy for stud duty at Allevamenti della Berardenga, and was the leading sire in Italy on two occasions.[15] His most successful offspring has been the gelding Collier Hill, a multiple winner of major international stakes whose victories include the 2004 and 2006 Stockholm Cup International, the 2005 Gerling-Preis and Irish St. Leger Stakes, and the 2006 Canadian International Stakes and Hong Kong Vase. He was also the sire of the Prix de l'Opera winner Kinnaird.[16]


Pedigree of Dr Devious (IRE), chestnut stallion, 1989[17]
Ahonoora (GB)
Klairon Clarion
Phoenissa The Phoenix
Erica Fragrans
Helen Nichols
Martial Hill Gail
Quaker Girl Whistler
Rose of Jericho (USA)
Hoist the Flag Tom Rolfe
Wavy Navy
Princess Pout Prince John
Determined Lady
Rose Red
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Cambrienne Sicambre
Torbella (Family: 1-t)


  1. ^ "Dr Devious's pedigree and racing stats". Pedigreequery.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  2. ^ http://www.directoryoftheturf.com/profile.cfm/searchid/3282
  3. ^ "Notnowcato pedigree". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Byerley Turk Line". Tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  5. ^ "95% of thoroughbreds linked to one superstud". New Scientist. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Archway". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  7. ^ "thoroughbredinternet/newsmore". Thoroughbredinternet.com. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Results from the 3.40 race at NEWMARKET - 18 October 1991". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  9. ^ Hammonds, Evan. "Hall of Fame: Paseana 'Strong as Steel, But Coy'". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  10. ^ "Sidney H. Craig, Won Epsom Derby, Dead". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Results from the 3.45 race at EPSOM - 3 June 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  12. ^ "Results from the 3.30 race at CURRAGH (IRE) - 28 June 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  13. ^ "Results from the 4.30 race at LEOPARDSTOWN (IRE) - 13 September 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  14. ^ "Results from the 6.20 race at TOKYO (JPN) - 29 November 1992". Racing Post. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  15. ^ "thoroughbredinternet/newsmore". Thoroughbredinternet.com. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  16. ^ "Dr Devious | Stud Record | Bloodstock Stallion Book | Racing Post". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  17. ^ "English Derby Winner: Dr Devious". Chef-de-race.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 

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