The Cairns Post

Prize is right for Price favourite

- RAY THOMAS

TRAINER Mick Price has a simple explanatio­n as to why he set I’m Thunderstr­uck for Saturday’s Golden Eagle at Rosehill: $7.5m in prizemoney.

The impressive last-start winner of the Toorak Handicap could have been chasing more Group 1 success in the Cantala Stakes at Flemington, where he would have been one of the main chances.

Instead, Price sent I’m Thunderstr­uck

to Sydney on Sunday to prepare for the Golden Eagle, Sydney’s second-richest race.

“You have to prioritise these things,’’ Price said. “As much as I’m a true Victorian, return on investment for owners is always a bigger priority than anything else.

“I’m Thunderstr­uck’s a gelding and this is a race restricted to fouryear-olds.’’

Jockey Hugh Bowman has returned from riding at the Cox Plate meeting to partner I’m

Thunderstr­uck in the Golden Eagle with the Melbourne raider the early TAB favourite at $4.50 ahead of Epsom Handicap winner Private Eye ($6).

Price is also hoping to get Our Playboy ($51) into the Golden Eagle. “We haven’t got a rider yet for Our Playboy as he is not a certainty to make the field,” he said.

The final field and barrier draw is Tuesday morning with Price hoping I’m Thunderstr­uck draws from six to 12.

 ?? ?? Jye McNeil rides I'm Thunderstr­uck.
Jye McNeil rides I'm Thunderstr­uck.

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