21st Apr 2015
Big Bad Bob had his first stakes winner of 2015 at Navan on Saturday as Bocca Baciata won impressively in the Listed Salsabil Stakes over a mile and a quarter. The contest is named after the star filly who took the Guineas and Oaks double as well as winning the Irish Derby against the colts, Bocca Baciata might well have as ambitious a campaign ahead of her with entries in all of this year’s major three year old races.
Drawn in the box seat Bocca Baciata broke very well but was restrained by Fran Berry and settled at the rear of the field. The filly who was bought by Flaxman Stables for €230K cruised into contention three from home and hit the front with a furlong to go. The contest was put to bed in a matter of strides and she was a length and a half up from Jim Bolger’s Pleascach at the line.
Her trainer Jessica Harrington spoke in glowing terms about her imposing Big Bad Bob three year old:
“Bocca Baciata has been pleasing me a lot since the spring. It is amazing she did as much as she did as a 2yo, given how big she was. She might come back for the Irish Guineas. She wouldn´t have any problem with 1m – she´s not a slow filly at all. Fran just said she got a bit tired in the last 50 yards, but she was entitled to as she hasn´t had a run this season. I’ve been looking forward to her for a long, long time.”
Bocca Baciata is Big Bad Bob’s third blacktype horse from his first Irish National Stud Crop. While he had two juvenile blacktype horses from that crop last year in Cherie Good and Bobbi Grace, the vibes are that they will be better this year.
Some of Big Bad Bob’s other exciting three year olds for this term include:
Montalcino – a half-sister to Windfast who won her maiden at Doncaster by 4 lengths last August
McCreery – a half-brother to Gr.1 winning Thistlebird who won a hot maiden at Newbury on his only start
Buenos Y Bobos – won his sole start at two in a Fairyhouse maiden in September
Belle et Bete – the dual winner who was pitched into group company on her second start is now being campaigned in North America
Emperor Bob – won his sole start at two snugly