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Pacing: North Boyanup’s Mighty Ronaldo solid chance to deliver another feature for Justin Prentice

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Mighty Ronaldo and Gary Hall Jr post-race.
Camera IconMighty Ronaldo and Gary Hall Jr post-race. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times/RegionalHUB

Astute North Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice could taste further WA pacing success when his flyer Mighty Ronaldo lines up in Friday night’s $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park.

The group one feature, viewed as an ideal lead-in for the WA Pacing Cup, is always extremely competitive and this year’s edition appears no different.

Prentice’s five-year-old, who has drawn gate three, will be driven by Emily Suvaljko. If Mighty Ronaldo greets the judges on Friday night, it would be his 10th career win and first major feature triumph since claiming the 2022 Bunbury Pacing Cup.

However, it is another South West raider — Greenbushes-based Lavra Joe — who has left punters dashing for their hard-earned cash.

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A gelding with an exceptional turn of foot, Ray Jones’s five-year-old is likely to relish his draw from gate one and dictate proceedings if given time and space.

Others to consider include Wildwest, driven by Capel’s Aiden De Campo, and Dylan Egerton-Green, who will guide short-priced Himself.

At Busselton’s Churchill Park on Friday night, all eyes will be on The Running Camel, who will desperately be keen to snap his maiden status in the Jack Sheedy Memorial RWWA Westbred SS Feature (2030m).

Despite showing plenty of promise throughout the Busselton season so far, Sarah Suvaljko’s gelding has been unable to salute but a good draw again may hold him in good stead.

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