Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby expects The Bus to step up at Newcastle on Friday night as he prepares for the NSW Breeders Challenge series at Menangle.
The Bus will race in the third at Newcastle after finishing fifth, 8.6 metres from the winner, first-up at Penrith on June 6.
The Gold Nugget winner is being set for the group 1 four-year-old colts and gelding Breeders Challenge series, which starts with semi-finals at headquarters on June 22.
The Bus, which won the listed Lady Driver Invitational at Menangle in March before going for a spell, was equal second-favourite behind Ignatius for the series with Sportsbet at $6.
Goadsby was happy with The Bus's return and he expected him to be in the mix at Newcastle, where he will have to overcome a poor draw in eight.
"It's second run back and it was a good run last week, so hopefully he's back to his best," Goadsby said.
"They went 1:55, home in 55 at Penrith, so he went pretty good and stuck on, and I've been happy with him since.
"He won't be far away. He's drawn a little bit wide but if we're going for the better races, he'll need to be competitive."
Race one on the eight-event program is at 6.16pm.