Spacecraft ready to launch

Promising colt Spacecraft took longer to settle into Sydney than hoped but he is on target to make his Harbour City debut at Rosehill on Saturday.


The Danny O'Brien-trained three-year-old will line up in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), a week after missing his scheduled assignment in the Randwick Guineas.


"It was the plan to run last week in the Randwick Guineas but it just took him a couple of days to settle in so we decided to wait a week for the Phar Lap," O'Brien said.


"He's looking for further but he'll run Saturday then go to the Tulloch and the Derby.


"He's in good shape."


Spacecraft made a quantum leap in grade during the spring, finishing fourth in a Geelong maiden at his debut before running second to Hanks in the Group 2 AAMI Vase three starts later.


He resumed with an eye-catching third to Denman over an unsuitable 1200 metres in the Zeditave Stakes before a last-start sixth to the same colt in the D'Urban Stakes over 1400 metres last month.


Spacecraft will be one of two O'Brien-trained gallopers in action at Rosehill along with Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness in the Todman Stakes (1200m).


The meeting has been a lucky one for O'Brien in the past as he produced Porto Roca to win the Group 1 Coolmore Classic on the corresponding program nine years ago.


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