O'Brien without Guineas runner

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien will be without a Crown Guineas runner this year. O'Brien has had two three-year-olds in line for the Group 1 assignment but had some bad news yesterday when staying galloper Rockferry, who was to run fresh-up in the race, injured a tendon at trackwork.

Rockferry, a colt by Pentire who ran fifth in the Victoria Derby and is pictured above, will now be out until at least the spring.

O'Brien's other runner Spacecraft will dodge the Crown Guineas and race next in Sydney.

O'Brien will run the Galileo colt in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas on his way to the AJC Derby.

The colt was sixth second-up over 1400m behind Denman last time but having just been edged out over 2040m in the AAMI Vase in the spring O'Brien is keen to get him over more ground.

The stable will have two runners in the Australian Cup, though, in Master O'Reilly and Barbaricus.

Master O'Reilly goes into the 2000m feature second-up after finishing fifth over 1200m in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes, while Barbaricus is backing up after a solid fourth in last weekend's Group 1 Futurity Stakes.

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