Fituese is ready to rumble in Toy Show quality.

With the track potentially dry at Randwick on Saturday, trainer John Thompson is optimistic about the prospects for some of his feature race runners.

Two proven Stakes performers, Chat and Fituese, struggled to get the best out of the fall on a series of wet tracks.

Chats will return on Saturday with the aim of recovering from 12 months ago when he won the Group 2 Theo Marks S and finished second in the Group 1 Missile S.

“I think he’s back to his A-1 form,” Thompson said.

“He’s a horse that has had some leg problems in the past and didn’t feel at home on the wet course in the fall.

“He had a great trial. I deliberately gave him one because he’s fine and he’s going to Mickey Mouse on Saturday.

The Chat fare for Saturday’s Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) is $18 and will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla who also rides Fituese for the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1100m).

Like Chat, Fituese was at Deep Field and didn’t race much in the fall because the track was wet before interrupting his trip to Melbourne when he suffered colic.

“She’s another player who appreciates the harder track on Saturday. She hated the wet track in the fall,” Thompson said.

“I’m really happy with how she’s doing.

“I think Deep Fields works best when it’s fresh, so it’s designed to give her a one-time try.

“I’m happy with how she’s doing. If the dry conditions continue, she looks well prepared and will have a good run on Saturday.”

Fituese is $9.50 on Saturday TAB, while More Prophets, one of the Toy Show outsiders, is $26.

“It might be a little too short for her on Saturday,” Thompson said.

“Her goal is second place at the Mona Lisa, which she won last year.

“It’s my first time blindfolded, and I think she’s a blindfolded, different horse.

“We wore them in the fall, but she couldn’t run because of the heavy track.

“She’s another athlete who appreciates firmer ground, and if they overdo it in a race, she’ll hit the line.

“She is fine.”

Regan Bayliss joins More Prophets.

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first published as Fitouise Leads John Thompson’s Charge to Spring Carnival

Fituese is ready to rumble in Toy Show quality.

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