papal bull


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Noun1.papal bull - a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
decree, fiat, edict, rescript, order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
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VVSIR Michael Stoute had sent out some short-priced losers in the 7f maiden at Leicester since Papal Bull landed it in 2005 before finishing tenth in the following year's Derby, but his Hillstar appeared a useful prospect when landing the odds under a confident ride from Ryan Moore.
CONNECTIONS of Papal Bull are hoping the five-year-old can end his racing career in the best possible way when he lines up in the Japan Cup on Sunday.
Further afield, Papal Bull is set to bid for glory in the Japan Cup in Tokyo.
The Irishman's profile has enjoyed a considerable boost in the last couple of seasons and the move by SirMichael Stoute to book him for Papal Bull in the Paris showpiece shows just how highly Fortune is rated.
RACING: Jimmy Fortune will ride Papal Bull in Sunday's Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe.
JIMMY FORTUNE has picked up a prized spare ride on Papal Bull in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Ladbrokes bet: 7-2 Zarkava, 4-1 Soldier Of Fortune, 6-1 New Approach, 10-1 Papal Bull, Prospect Wells, Getaway, Youmzain, 12-1 Vision D'Etat, 20-1 bar.
Any doubts about the four-year-old staying the extra two furlongs in Saturday's mile-and-a-half mid-summer highlight were quashed as Johnny Murtagh's mount battled hard to fend off Papal Bull by half a length.
Nothing, that is, accept Papal Bull in an Ascot finish which had favourite-backers tearing their hair out before celebrating with relief.
The Duke needed to show tremendous courage as Sir Michael Stoute's 14-1 chance Papal Bull headed Johnny Murtagh's mount close home, but O'Brien's charge found a shade more when asked by his partner to score by half a length.
Duke Of Marmalade needed to show tremendous courage as Papal Bull headed Johnny Murtagh's mount close home, but O'Brien's charge found a shade more when asked by his partner to score by half a length.
Odds-on punters were all set to tear up their betting tickets when outsider Papal Bull scorched past the favourite with just a furlong left to run.