Turnbull Stakes placegetter Playing God is thriving back home in Perth in readiness for the $1m Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Bookmakers have the Neville Parnham trained galloper a $6 chance after pleasing work since he arrived back on Tuesday night.
Playing God had five runs in Melbourne with his best the third behind December Draw and Glass Harmonium in the Turnbull at Flemington on October 2.
He struggled at his latest start when 11th to Pinker Pinker in the Group 1 $3m Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22.
Though held up for a run at the home turn, Playing God was never a live contender.
“He picked up pretty quickly after the Cox Plate,” Parnham said.
“The run didn’t hurt him and he is back on his home track and surroundings.
Parnham said Playing God had a good work out at Ascot on Wednesday on the main grass.
“They ran good time and Steven (Parnham) said he couldn’t hold him slow enough,” Parnham said.
“He worked well again on Saturday and will have a final hit out on Tuesdsay.
“He will strip a fit horse on Saturday.”
Playing God has won six races in 20 starts, five at Ascot.
His best win was 12 months ago in the Group 1 Kingston Town (1800m) defeating Impressive Jeuney and Trusting.
He also placed in the Group 1 Australian Cup behind Shocking and the WA Derby behind Rio Dane.