Immunity – a finalist in this year’s G1 Australian Cup and last year’s G2 Laurels – is a $6.00 chance on TAB fixed odds, while Collinda Lady – a new lass on the block in staying ranks – is quoted at $4.40.
Last Friday, Immunity produced a whirlwind finish to claim her Sapphire Crown heat in 29.37sec and register her 24th win from 43 starts.
And one night earlier, Collinda Lady overcame several blocked rails runs to land her Sandown Cup heat in courageous and classy fashion, clocking 41.56sec. It was her seventh win from only 14 starts.
“It was a really good run,” said Thompson of Immunity. “She’s getting older and has been a bit up and down; I think the trip to Dubbo took a bit out of her.
“She needed that run (Sapphire Crown heat) to get her confidence back. She’s probably lost a little bit of dash, but she’s a lot stronger and found the line extremely well.
“Box eight is not a great box at Sandown, but her record from ‘seven’ and ‘eight’ is great. However, there’s a lot of early speed in this final, so she’s going to need luck.”
Meanwhile, Thompson says Collinda Lady has “untapped potential”.
“I was over the moon with her heat performance… She was probably the one heat winner that experienced difficulties; it was a tough run and a good chasing effort.
“She had to work hard to get to the front; it was a very strong run.”
Thompson added Collinda Lady is “just a natural stayer and clean winded”.
“She’s genuine and although she has a beautiful temperament, she’s a tough competitor and gives 100 per cent.
“She’s going up to Newcastle in a couple of weeks for a $500,000 to-the-winner event, so this will be a nice stepping-stone.”