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Australian Racing - Racing: Barrier draw tricky for Thunderstruck

Mick Price feels that I'm Thunderstruck could have a tricky task on his hands trying to overcome his draw in barrier one in Saturday's All-Star Mile and has admitted they may be relying on luck.

Last year's Golden Eagle and Group 1 Toorak Handicap winner will be ridden by Jye McNeil this weekend and is currently a 5/1 shot in the market after the draw was made yesterday.

Price voices barrier 1 concerns

"Anyone that says barrier 1 is fantastic has maybe not trained enough horses", Price, who trains in partnership with Michael Kent Jnr, told Racing.com.

"Barrier 1 in the big weight-for-age races, on a horse who is not going to lead, we are going to need some luck. It's a traffic gate, there is no doubt about that.

"I've got the horse right, he's very right. If it works (barrier 1), good, it works fantastic. But in my experience watching races, barrier 1 always makes you nervous."

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Price has taken confidence from the fact McNeil rode the son of Shocking to a brave win in the Toorak last year.

"If you remember the Toorak when there was no room for horse and no room for rider, I thought the horse was brave and Jye was extra brave," Price added.

"The jockey will take a gap, the horse will take a gap, but he just has to be going faster than the gap at the time.

"If there are three or four horses taking us in at the furlong, I just hope Jye is behind the right one or he is off the fence."

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