Bobby’s Kitten Wins European Debut at Cork

Bobby’s Kitten Wins European Debut at Cork

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Bobby’s Kitten, a talented son of Kitten’s Joy that won the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I), may have finally found his true calling. After going 0-for-3 in 2015, with his best finish being a fourth in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Bobby’s Kitten has been sent to Ireland to be trained by Dermot Weld, where the five-year-old sprinter showed off his talent winning the six-furlong Cork Stakes at Cork racecourse on March 28th.

With jockey Pat Smullen in the saddle, Bobby’s Kitten tracked the leaders early on before taking command and drawing off powerfully to win by 8 1/2 lengths over Flight Risk, a Group 3 stakes winner in Ireland. Bobby’s Kitten carried 133 pounds to victory, and the final time over a very wet course labeled “heavy”–which Bobby’s Kitten seemed to relish–was 1:18.54 seconds. The full results can be viewed here.

In a race recap on the Racing Post website, Smullen was quoted as saying “He was the class horse in the race but the biggest worry was the ground and he showed that he coped with it, it was more his ability that got him out of trouble. I would like to think that he will improve on better ground.”

Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Bobby’s Kitten is expected to run during the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in England in June, with a return trip to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in the cards for the end of the season.

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