A rejuvenated Bachman has earned himself a trip to the Gold Coast for the $1m Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 9 after scoring a first up win at Randwick last Saturday.
Bachman was having his first run since a Queensland Winter Carnival campaign when he burst through the pack with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle to score a three quarters of a lengths win in $85,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier In March BenchMark 78 Handicap (1200m).
“The plan is to go to the Goldmarket at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day over 1300 metres and then to 1400 in the Magic Millions Cup,” Ryan told AAP.
Bachman showed a lot of potential during his two year old days with a win over 1300m at Warwick Farm followed by a win in the Group 3 $150,000 The Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Trainer Gerald Ryan then sent Bachman out as one of the top fancies in the Group 1 $400,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick but he could only beat one runner home to finish ninth to Go Indy Go.
Bachman then failed to win another race until last Saturday at his first run back after being gelded when a potential sale to Hong Kong fell through.
“He has always been sound but they saw a shadow on his knee,” Ryan said.
“It isn’t a problem. I’m pleased to keep him. He has great owners who enjoy him and now he’s a gelding I think they can have a lot of fun with him and he can go on to fulfil his potential.
“He’s a much stronger horse now.”
Ryan has selected the Listed $100,000 Goldmarket Handicap (1300m) at the Gold Coast on December 26 as a lead into the Magic Millions Cup.
Bachman is a winner of three of his fifteen starts and has earned just over $313,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.