Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Outstanding four-year-old Mighty Ronaldo is one of Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice’s favourite pacers, and he thoroughly enjoyed driving him in a race for the first time for eleven months when he guided him to an effortless stroll in the park in the 2536m Be A Group 1 Winner With Trotsynd Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Prentice replaced Mighty Ronaldo’s usual driver Gary Hall jnr, who is under a suspension, and this was his first drive behind the son of Alta Christiano since he brought him home with a powerful burst to win the WA Derby from Hall’s drive Jumpingjackmac in April of last year.
Prentice also drove Mighty Ronaldo when he won the group 1 Golden Slipper in July 2020.
Mighty Ronaldo, the $1.10 favourite from the No. 2 barrier on Friday night, raced outside the polemarker Tyler Brett for the first 220m in Friday night’s race before taking the lead. Comfortable opening quarters of 31.3sec. and 30.4sec. were followed by final 400m sections of 28.2sec. and 27.1sec.
He finished one and a half lengths ahead of Tyler Brett, with Galactic Star fighting on to be third.
Mighty Ronaldo, who cost $22,000 at the 2019 APG Perth yearling sale and is raced by several of Prentice’s stable clients, has earned $313,196 from seven wins and ten placings from 24 starts. He is sure to develop into a leading contender for the $125,000 Four-Year-Old Classic and $200,000 Golden Nugget in December.