Mighty Ronaldo Has Pearl in His Sights
Stylish colt Mighty Ronaldo enhanced his prospects of winning the rich Pearl Classic on June 12 when he set the pace and romped home an easy winner over the talented Lavra Joe in the 2130m Vision Produce Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The win completed a treble for star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr who had been successful earlier on the program with Chicago Bull and Semiramide.
Mighty Ronaldo, prepared at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, started from the prized No. 1 barrier and justified his favouritism at $1.60 with his effortless triumph. Purchased for $22,000 at the APG yearling sale in WA, the Alta Christiano colt has now earned $25,399 from two wins and a second placing from four starts.
He is the third foal and the first winner out of Bettor’s Delight mare Millwoods Delight, who raced 47 times for six wins, nine placings and $49,648 in stakes. Four of her wins were in WA.
Mighty Ronaldo set a dawdling early pace with a slow lead time of 40.1sec. and an opening quarter in 31.4sec. He showed his class by sprinting over the final quarters in 28.1sec. and 28sec.
Lavra Joe, who started from the outside barrier in the field of seven, lost few admirers. Chris Lewis sent him forward, three wide, in the early stages and he raced in the breeze before fighting on doggedly to just hold out the fast-finishing Robbie Rocket, who flashed home along the inside after racing three back on the pegs and being blocked for a clear passage until the final stages.