It's full steam ahead for Darren Beadman as his lower back injury passed the 'race pressure test' on Wednesday night at Happy Valley with flying colours and the champion rider now sets his focus on the upcoming Hong Kong Gold Cup with champion stayer Viva Pataca. Beadman had been sidelined with a debilitating weakness in his right leg, diagnosed by a specialist as a bruised right femoral nerve. The seven-time champion of the Sydney jockey ranks underwent extensive physiotherapy in his home town last month, and Wednesday night represented his return to full competition. 'I only had the two rides, which was part of my plan to ease my way back towards peak racing fitness again, but I've pulled up extremely well,' Beadman said last night. Beadman's comeback ride, Multo Expresso, could finish only eighth in the sixth event, but then Victory Conqueror gave him a sniff of real action when a close third to the Douglas Whyte-ridden Mi Reilly in the final event. 'I know I got some criticism in the local media for riding with the injury [January 1] but people need to understand that you only discover the weakness under the full pressure of race riding,' Beadman said. 'Even a barrier trial is not the same as full racing pressure. I thought I was right that day, but it was only when I tried to sit down and push out my horse [Brave Spirit] that I discovered I had absolutely no power in that right leg.' The rehabilitation process, under Sydney sports injury specialist Dr Grace Bryant, was thorough. Beadman says full nerve energy has returned to the wasted quadriceps muscles in his right leg and they have built back up to their normal size. 'Now that I've come through that first meeting as well as I have, I know I'll be right,' he said. 'I planned to have relatively light books of rides for the first three weeks or so, though I have to admit I've taken five bookings for Sunday,' he added. Upcoming feature race mounts for Beadman include Kings Falcon in the Mercedes-Benz Derby Trial next Sunday (February 15), Viva Pataca in the Hong Kong Gold Cup (Gr 1) on February 22 and Inspiration in the Chairman's Sprint Prize (Gr 1) the same day. Beadman delayed his return to Hong Kong for one week, which enabled him to make a final visit to see his paternal grandmother, Hazel Beadman, at Ballina in northern New South Wales, just one week before she passed away at 88 years of age. In-form French jockey Johan Victoire was dislodged after passing the winning post in the seventh race at Happy Valley on Wednesday and remains in doubt for Sunday's meeting after failing to gain a medical clearance yesterday. Although Victoire told stewards he is optimistic about being cleared and planned to ride trackwork today, stewards have declared standby riders for his Sunday mounts - race 1, Daylight Express (Howard Cheng Yue-tin); race two, Celestial Wonder (Thomas Yeung Kai-tong); race five, Visionario (James Winks); race eight, Fearless (Eddie Lai Wai-ming) and race 10, Romping (Brett Doyle) - in case he is deemed unfit.