24th Apr 2016
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our hugely popular stallion Big Bad Bob who passed away at the age of 16 at the Irish National Stud on Saturday (23rd April).
Owned and bred by Cristina Patino and trained by John Dunlop, he won four of his six starts as a two-year old including the Autumn Stakes at Ascot in 2002.
As a three-year-old, he was second to Kris Kin in the Group 3 Dee Stakes and went on to win the Prix Ridgway at Deauville and Group 3 Furstenberg-Rennen at Baden-Baden.
Big Bad Bob retired to Islanmore Stud at the age of five and covered a number of her Mrs. Patino’s mares. Bob’s talent as a sire quickly shone through with early winners including Bob le Beau and Bible Belt.
Off the back of this success, he was transferred to the Irish National Stud in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength with high profile winners including Tashweeq, Bing Bang Bong and very poignant winner Bocca Baciata.
Bob’s supporters include the world’s elite breeders such as Shadwell, Juddmonte, and HH Aga Khan. In 2016, he’ll be represented for the first time with full Irish National Stud-bred crops of two, three and four-year-olds, so sit tight for the next intriguing chapter.
John Osborne, CEO, Irish National Stud, commented: ‘I’m really sorry for Mrs Patino, who adores all her horses but particularly Bob as she raced and bred him and he was pretty close to being a Classic contender. It has been a lovely story of what can happen in a game dominated by the superpowers, that one plus one doesn’t always equal two. His success defied conventional wisdom and he has to be saluted for that – he was a game changer and something to be treasured.’
Big Bad Bob will be sadly missed by everyone at the Irish National Stud.