Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Devil is aiming to regain his honour in the USA

After a disappointing year and surgery, colt is out for redemption as he gets his first American start for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.

Honour Devil has the chance to make up for a disappointing year so far as he gets his first American start for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa in the Mr Right Stakes at Belmont Park tonight. Bought by Sheikh Mohammed from Argentina following a five-length victory in the 2007 Premio Especial Old Star Maiden, Honour Devil was trained by Mike de Kock while in Dubai.

An integral part of de Kock's highly-successful season in 2008, Honour Devil cut a swathe, just failing to emulate Asiatic Boy, now also in the USA, in capturing the UAE Triple Crown. He won the Group Three UAE 2,000 Guineas, beating stable- mate Royal Vintage by half-a-length and came runner-up to the same horse by a neck in the Al Bastakiya Stakes before rallying to prove his supremacy in international company in the Group Two UAE Derby on World Cup night.

After an 11-month break, he was back on the track in February this year and started a strong favourite in the Al Dana Investment Plate. But he looked a different horse, flailing home a distant third under jockey Johnny Murtagh, some 10-and-a-half lengths behind the winner. The lay-off should not have affected him - his successful first UAE run had come after a 10-month break - but his disappointed trainer said the colt suffered training problems.

He improved for his next outing, at the Burj Nahaar in March, finishing two-and-a-half lengths from Dubai World Cup-runner, Snaafy. But any chance of developing into the world's richest horse race were dashed when Honour Devil was found to need throat surgery. Now, under the care of Kiaran McLaughlin, Honour Devil will be be given a chance to redeem himself under Rajiv Maragh in a field of seven running for a prize money of US$65,000 (Dh238,000).

He has also some feel of the track having recorded two bullet workouts (the fastest of the day) last month. stregoning@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Al Rayyan's Yakubu Ayegbeni, left, tries to escape the attention of Jazira's Khamis Ismail. Karim Jaafar / AFP Photo

Late strike puts Al Jazira on verge of qualifying for the last 16 of Asian Champions League

All to play for across East Asia during final round of group phase.

 Manchester City's Vincent Kompany reacts after being sent off by referee Lee Mason during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at the KC stadium in Hull, northern England March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini says Vincent Kompany is an important player

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini defends team captain and talks about team's injuries ahead of clash with Sunderland at home on Wednesday night.

 Supporters of China during the Asian Cup Qualifier match between Iraq vs China at Sharjah football stadium in Sharjah. Iraq won the match by 3-1. Pawan Singh / The National

Asian Cup expanding to 24 football teams in 2019

As part of a regional shake-up, the 2019 Asian Cup will climb to 24 teams but next month’s Challenge Cup in the Maldives will be the last, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced.

 Latifa Ali Al Shamsi of UAE fights compatriot Boshra Ghanem Al Zadjali in their 38.5kg match at the Junior World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Christopher Pike / The National

Competitors at Abu Dhabi Junior World Jiu-Jitsu Championship target world domination

All of Wednesday’s winners at the tournament, being held in the UAE capital, are ambitious enough to target a black belt and reach the pinnacle of the sport, Amith Passela reports.

 Jacques Kallis top-scored with 72 for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pawan Singh / The National

Kallis kicks off IPL 7 with fifty as Kolkata thrash Mumbai

South African legend shows class is permanent as Knight Riders beat defending champions by 41 runs. Osman Samiuddin reports from Abu Dhabi.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National