Spacecraft shooting for the stars

Danny O'Brien may have unearthed a smokey for this year's Victoria Derby after Spacecraft made short work of his rivals in the Direct Alarm Supplies Handicap (1600m) at Moonee Valley today.

Stalking the leader Intrigued for the most part, Spacecraft rolled up stylishly turning for home, sprinting clear and scoring a soft win by almost 3 lengths over favourite Don Jose and the fast-finishing Shahryar a further length away third.

O'Brien was impressed with the run and is looking ahead to the Group 2 AAMI Vase also at Moonee Valley in a month's time.

"We expected him to be hard to beat first-up at Geelong but they had a bit too much sprint for him over the 1300m, but he was strong the whole race today" O'Brien said.

"He is bred to step up in distance and could be the horse on the way up."

Spacecraft is by Octagonal mare Demanding and is a half brother to impressive Perth, Group 1 placed stayer, Phenomenon.

Despite believing Spacecraft is still six months away O'Brien observed that he could be the fresh horse on the Derby scene.

"He has only had the two starts and has bypassed some of the harder races," he said.

"But that (the Victoria Derby) is still a long way away."

Jockey Danny Nikolic was pleased to get the job done on a horse he also thinks is going places.

"He was very one paced first up but really put it all together today," Nikolic said.

"I think this is a nice horse in the making."

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