I’m Thunderstruck chasing another 3YO win before Golden Eagle bid

Emerging galloper I’m Thunderstruck has a final chance for glory against his own age group at The Valley before embarking on a possible Golden Eagle campaign.

I’m Thunderstruck has enjoyed a terrific three-year-old season since arriving from New Zealand.

The gelding has won three of five outings with his only unplaced run being at Group 2 level at his second start.

Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr believe I’m Thunderstruck is worth thought as a possible contender in the $7.5m Golden Eagle in Sydney in October.

But the son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking needs to perform well at The Valley on Saturday.

He needs to lift his current rating of 75 to get into spring contests leading up to the Golden Eagle.

“We’d love to get his rating up then give him a little break,” Kent Jr said.

“You can’t keep racing them through winter and having them up in the spring as well.

“We think he’s worthy of contesting some nice races in the spring but off a rating like 75, he wouldn’t be getting into many races.”

I’m Thunderstruck is a $15 chance for the Golden Eagle in TAB betting. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

I’m Thunderstruck blitzed his rivals at Flemington last start but Price and Kent Jr could not wait until next Saturday’s meeting at headquarters for the gelding’s next start.

All Australian horses turn a year older on Sunday.

I’m Thunderstruck would be compelled to race in open company if he ran at Flemington next Saturday.

“If you aim him at Flemington next week, he’d be in an open 1400 (metre race),” Kent Jr said.

“It’s not to say he couldn’t win that but he’d be 90-rated up against older horses rated 75 (if he won at Flemington).

Melbourne jockeys’ premiership winner Jamie Kah guided I’m Thunderstruck around The Valley in his first look at the unique course on Tuesday morning.

I’m Thunderstruck pleased his trainers with his gallop, which ended with a last 400m run in 25.32sec.

Price and Kent Jr have also entered Café Rizu and Exalted Crown for a three-year-old handicap over 2040m.

The stable’s other Valley entry Parlophone will instead run in Adelaide on Saturday.

Originally published asThunder forecast for Valley in Eagle bid

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