Thompson now has a live hope of claiming a third consecutive Brisbane Cup and a sixth overall.
The champion trainer’s previous winners were Equalizer (2021), Black Opium (2020), Got A Moment (2012), El Galo (2008) and Uno Joel (2007).
Winning this year would see him move two clear of Brett, who boasts four Brisbane Cups, his last coming in 2017 with Fast Times.
Ironically, it is Brett who has been critical to Thompson’s previous Cup successes, often housing the Pearcedale kennel’s top liners when they make the trip north.
“Jason called me six weeks ago and said ‘Stan is going as good as the year before and I can’t wait to get him up to you’,” Brett said.
“There are a lot of fast race dogs around at the moment but you won’t find a more polished dog than him.
“You know if he just gets that little bit of room to move he’s going to be there at the end of it.
“He’s just a true warhorse, to be doing that 12 months on with what he’s been through injury wise.
“I’m rapt, even though he did chase Orchestrate down.”
Brett said Orchestrate would derive plenty of benefit for the run and is on track to contest the Brisbane Cup.
“I didn’t mind getting beaten because I know his next couple of weeks are what counts for him,” Brett said.
“I didn’t run him last week because I wanted him fresh for tonight
“He got a bit tired at the end and that was just a bit of fitness.
“He won’t get tired next week.”
The Brett kennel came to the fore yet again as Bedrock Fred recorded his second Group 3 win in as many weeks when leading throughout to claim the Super Stayers Invitational over 710 metres.
The winner of last week’s Group 3 Dashing Corsair Final was sent out a second favourite with TAB as money poured in for the Jason Magri-trained Zipping Kansas.