Global nails Derby prelim

By Georgie Dennis

Impressive colt Global Exchange stamped himself as one of the big dangers for the Australian Derby next month, after a commanding win in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

From a wide barrier, Jockey Ben Melham had to sit second last on the son of Dundeel before making his move at the 600m mark and just pipping the front runners on the line to win by a nose.

“It’s probably not really his course,” Melham said after the race, “he’s a big striding horse.

“It was a messy run race, they looked like running early and they pulled off.

“Just down the side, I was a fair way back, so I just wanted to creep so I wasn’t too far off them at the corner and a couple flashed out underneath me.

“I just kept him balanced, I knew I had a good kick late and he was too strong at the finish.

“Nice horse, very good upside,” Melham said.

The multiple Group 1 winning jockey has no concerns over whether Global Exchange will handle the step up in distance for the Derby.

“Yeah for sure (he will enjoy the step up in distance), he’s got a lovely temperament, he relaxes really well, and he’s got a good turn of foot to go with it so he’s got all right attributes,” Melham told Racing.com.

Co-trainer David Eustace was on course for the win and thinks the Derby bound colt could be the real deal.

“He looks a good horse,” Eustace told Racing.com

“The Derby has been the plan the whole way through and there looks a lot of upside to him the further we get.

“Full credit to the team at home. Chris McCarthy rides him every day and it’s a good team effort and great result.”

The trainer explained this will be the last run for Global Exchange before the Derby, but he will head up to our Sydney stable in the meantime.

“He can go up to our Warwick Farm stable and it’s great that we’ve got that there now,” Eustace said.

“He’ll gallop the other way, if he needs a trial he can, we’ll work that out in the next week or so, but we’ll go straight there.

“Fingers crossed he gets there in one piece and he can run a good race.”