Bachman Geared Towards 2014 Victoria Derby

October 1st, 2014

Steadily building to the task over two starts this time in, trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed classy three-year-old Bachman will line-up for this weekend’s Listed Dulcify Quality (1600m) at Royal Randwick as preparations continue for an appearance in the featured Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 1st.

Bachman is geared towards an appearance in the 2014 Victoria Derby

Bachman is geared towards an appearance in the 2014 Victoria Derby. Photo: Steve Hart

Securing two wins and one minor places from just seven competitive starts so far, Bachman was unable to match the late pace when 12th in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) first-up on September 13th, but returned to competitive form when fourth behind Shooting To Win in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) last weekend.

Not worried about saddling the All American colt just one week after his most recent race, Ryan told AAP Corey Brown will return from Singapore to take the ride this weekend.

“He has come through the Stan Fox in good order and I think he is a very promising stayer,” Ryan said.

“He has to back up somewhere so this week looks ideal.

“The plan is to then go to the Caulfield Classic two weeks after Saturday and then two weeks into the Derby.

“Corey Brown will be back from Singapore and he will ride Bachman.”

Finishing fourth amongst classy competition in the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on debut on February 15th, Bachman continued to impressive over the 2014 Autumn Carnival in finishing third in the Australian Turf Club 2.y.o (1200m) and winning both the TAB Ipad App 2.y.o (1300m) and Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) most notably on April 5th; returning to the paddock after beating just a single runner home in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

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