Montjeu sire off the mark in Europe

Montjeu stallion Papal Bull has sired his first winner just days after Montjeu colt Camelot landed the English 2000 Guineas.

Papal Bull filly Filuferru was a four length winner of the Premio In A Tiff (1200m) in Rome on Friday.

Papal Bull (Montjeu – Mialuna by Zafonic) claimed the G3 Chester Vase in 2006 and he also defeated subsequent Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute brought him back at four winning the G2 Princess of Wales’s Wales Stakes at Newmarket and G3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.  Papal Bull signed off the following year with a close second to Duke Of Marmalade in the G1 King George at Ascot.

Montjeu died in March and Camelot is an even-money favourite for the English Derby on June 2.

Camelot (3c Montjeu – Tarfah by Kingmambo) and Papal Bull are bred on the same Mr Prospector cross.  Papal Bull stands at Coolagown Stud in County Cork alongside Montjeu’s Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire.