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Papal Bull

Papal Bull (near side) nearly beat Duke Of Marmalade in the King George

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Freshman Papal Bull off the mark in Italy

FIRST-SEASON sire Papal Bull supplied his first winner on Friday, exactly six years to the day after the son of Montjeu landed the Chester Vase for Sir Michael Stoute.

Papal Bull's first winner is Filuferru, who landed a 6f event at Rome by four lengths.

The Giada Ligas-trained colt is out of the Glen Jordan mare Jordecca, a sister to Woodbine Mile winner Becrux descended from Kentucky Oaks heroine Bag Of Tunes.

After winning the Chester Vase, Papal Bull was an unlucky-in-running tenth in Sir Percy's Derby but made amends by beating subsequent Breeders' Cup Turf scorer Red Rocks to win the King Edward VII Stakes next time out.

At four Papal Bull landed the Princess of Wales's Stakes and Geoffrey Freer Stakes. But it was in defeat at five that Papal Bull put up his best effort, when a close second to Duke Of Marmalade in the King George, the pair pulling nine lengths clear of the third.

Papal Bull stands at Coolagown Stud in County Cork alongside another son of Montjeu, Frozen Fire, top dual-purpose sire Daylami and Fleetwood.







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