Amnesty on track for Sandown Cup spot



Main trainer Jason Thompson hopes a third straight win for Amnesty at Sandown Park on Thursday night can be the catalyst for bigger things for the exciting prospect to stay.

A winner in five of nine starts on the 595m course, including her last two starts, Thompson is confident Amnesty ($3) can pull off three straight wins despite tying six in the opening round of the quaddie.

“It looks like a great race. I think the draw is okay, so very happy,” Thompson said.

“She’s in good shape, she’ll probably have one more race and then head to the Sandown Cup.

“I liked the last 200 meters of her last two races, she really hit hard. I hope she makes it through tomorrow night safe and I like her when she clears 700m.

Amnesty has a $26 chance with for the Sandown Cup final on May 19.

Thompson has 13 wins in just 30 starts at Sandown Park in 2022 – a 43% success rate – and is set to improve on that impressive record with two more winning chances on the card.

Immunity ($1.65), a four-time group race runner-up and older half-sister to Amnesty, looks set for back-to-back wins after finding the second box.

“She needs to dig inside to give herself a chance. She just had a great win in Ballarat over 545m so I think from the draw she has a chance.

“But she’s going to have to go through the red (Hill Top Jack), I think the red is also very well drawn. She’s a very good dog with an inside draw.

At the opening event, Modern Collinda ($3.80) will have its second career start after earning its first-place finish in impressive fashion on Sunday.

“She’s obviously very inexperienced, she’s only had one start, but I think she’s done really well,” Thompson said.

“She only ran 5.25 at first (but) she tried a lot faster than that. She showed in practice that she can turn around that 5.10 mark that she will have to do from this draw because it is a very good field.

“She’s drawn to where she wants to be, but from this draw she won’t want to do anything wrong.”

Thompson will also be represented at Warrnambool Thursday night with Typhoon Sammy lined up in a round of the Warrnambool Cup.

Typhoon Sammy will tackle a round of the Warrnambool Cup on Thursday night (Picture: Bluestream Pictures)

Typhoon Sammy, already a winner of two National Cups in 2022, has not raced since winning the match race on the Ballarat Cup night earlier this month and Thompson says the break has rejuvenated the winner of 28 races.

“He’s been up for a while, so he’s had about three weeks between races and it’s worked out really well for him,” he added.

“He only had one try, a little blow on Saturday morning, and it went very well. Even though it’s much better drawn wide, it’s a good draw (box three).

“The dog in box two will usually head for the fence, and the dog in box 4 will maybe move to box five or six.

“He needs space for 20 yards because the dog is not a penguin, sometimes he comes out half behind or at best with them, but if he has space to move he explodes.

“Looking at this draw, he’s going to get that room, so it’s up to him. If he can start on terms, I expect him to explode.

Typhoon Sammy has a $1.40 chance of winning the fourth race at Warrnambool.


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