First-season sire Teofilo, whose first winner is Jim Bolger's promising colt Parish Hall, is also represented in the catalogue by the colt out of Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Santa Sophia
To this mystique an element of spurious glamour was added by travellers who exaggerated their own reckless daring in penetrating a mosque: Grelot boasted of refreshing himself with a bottle of wine and a Bologna sausage while taking drawings of the interior of the mosque of Santa Sophia
, and the Prince de Ligne claimed to have bribed his way into a mosque and forced a Moslem to eat pork there.
John then follows the path of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor, to Istanbul where he explores the magnificent Santa Sophia
(Haghia Sophia), once a Christian cathedral and now a Muslim mosque.
Why the translator chose Santa Sophia
instead of the usual St.
John Dunlop is keeping his fingers crossed that conditions stay on the soft side at Haydock Park for his twin-pronged attack on today's Lancashire Oaks with Time Ahead and Santa Sophia
Salim Toto has been found wanting in this Grade before and John Dunlop pair Santa Sophia
and Time Ahead rate more potent threats.
Her trainer Clive Brittain has been in a rich vein of form of late and this filly was not disgraced when third to Santa Sophia
at Lingfield last time.
Best online odds: 9-4 Yesterday, 7-2 Hi Dubai, 6-1 Hanami, Hammiya, 16-1 Waldmark, Casual Look, 20-1 L'Ancresse, Santa Sophia
, 25-1 Halawanda, 28-1 Mezzo Soprano, Geminiani, 33-1 Summitville, 40-1 High Praise, 50-1 Snippets, 100-1 Hearts 'N Minds, Magnificent Bell, 150-1 Inchberry, 250-1 Thingmebob.
That run saw her go down by one-anda-quarter lengths to the more experienced Santa Sophia
, but she ran a little green when asked to go and pass John Dunlop's filly inside the final furlong and the experience will have done her good.
That run saw her go down by one and a quarter lengths to the more experienced Santa Sophia
,but she ran a little green when asked to go and pass the winner inside the final furlong and the experience will have done her the world of good.
secured some valuable black type to enhance her future status as a broodmare after she held off all challengers to win the Oaks Trial.
The Oaks Trial may not have given us any clues for the Epsom Classic but victory for Santa Sophia
certainly had the bookmakers smiling.