Kicking A Winning Goal
Aug 23, 2016
It took a few starts for Ronaldo's Goal to learn what racing was all about but once he put his mind to it - in a 1600m maiden at Pakenham on Tuesday - he could not have been more impressive!
Off the fence at the 600m having settled midfield along the rails, Ronaldo's Goal loomed up four wide at the turn, hitting the lead soon afterwards and racing away.
Looking to have plenty in hand with his 3 3/4 length margin, Ronaldo's Goal impressed comeback jockey Luke Nolen who was having his first ride on the lightly raced five-year-old.
"I thought watching his videos that he had been a bit dour," Nolen said, "but he was a pleasant surprise today - he is developing a good turn of foot."
"I got to the lead more cheaply than I thought," he added, "but he ran right through the line."
Representing the stable with Michael checking out the stallions in the Hunter Valley, Alex Keenan noted that there was stable confidence.
"He worked really well on this surface last week and Mick was very happy going into this race."
A home-bred for long time stable client John Olle, Ronaldo's Goal is the fourth foal (from as many to race) for the Scenic mare Bella Rippa, a sister-in-blood to the dual Gr.1 winner Episode, dam of the Flight Stakes winner First Seal.
This has been a good family for the stable, its members also including Albion Road (pictured), Countcool and Cameo Minx.