Having announced that Lord Shanakill would join the stud for 2011, the Irish National Stud has also announced that Big Bad Bob will also be joining the roster next year. Formerly based at Islanmore Stud in Limerick, Big Bad Bob has made an immediate impact on the racecourse with progeny borne of a limited number of mares. He has sired Group 3 winner Berg Bahn in addition to Group 3 placed juvenile filly Bible Belt. Owned and Bred by Cristina Patino, who also races Snow Fairy, Big Bad Bob is a half-brother to the dual Oaks winner's dam, Woodland Dream. Trained by John Dunlop, Big Bad Bob won four times as a juvenile, including the Autumn Stakes at Ascot. On his latest addition to the farm, INS Chief Executive John Osborne spoke; “Big Bad Bob has earned his reputation by siring horses that trainers love – tough, sound battlers with a will to win."
In other stallion news, Flying Childers Stakes winner Zebedee will retire to Tally-Ho Stud in County Westmeath at the conclusion of his racing career. A deal to stand Julie Wood's six-time winning son of Invincible Spirit is currently being finalised by Tony O'Callaghan, the owner of Tally-Ho Stud which is home to Baltic King, Bushranger and promising first season sire Kodiac. Only beaten once when fifth to Approve in the Norfolk Stakes after racing handily throughout he regained the winning thread the following month at Sandown in the National Stakes and again at Goodwood when pouncing late to take the Molecomb Stakes. Since then, his trademark turn of foot has been employed to excellent effect by regular partner Richard Hughes to earn victories in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Auction Stakes and most recently the Flying Childers Stakes. A 70,000gns purchase by Peter Doyle as a yearling, Zebedee is one of four juvenile stakes winners worldwide so far this year by Invincible Spirit, who is represented in the stallion ranks by Lawman and Captain Marvelous. He is out of Cozy Maria, a Listed-placed daughter of Cozzene from the family of champion Miss Alleged.