Global salutes on path to Derby

By Georgie Dennis

Imposing colt Global Exchange stamped himself as one to follow for the rest of the Autumn after he produced a demolition job in the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

By Dundeel out of Incredulous, the team were always of the opinion that this horse would appreciate getting over distance, but it was just a matter of letting him grow and mature into his body.

“We tried him last preparation over a mile, but he showed that he wasn’t quite mature enough, so we put him away,” co-trainer Ciaron Maher told after the race.

“He’s that big, scopey type and so we just had to wait for him to grow into his body.

“You can see he is still going to furnish as a four-year-old. He’s made the step and that race will mean he can get into whatever he wants now so I’ll map out a campaign for him with a few targets in mind.”

In a slowly run race, Global Exchange sat second last before jockey Ben Melham pushed the button around the home turn and came five-wide.

The Dundeel colt accelerated down the straight, hit the front with 200m to go and raced away to win by two lengths.

Melham praised the way the horse was able to hit the line and believes he’s got good staying ability to go much further than 1800m.

“He wasn’t (ever going to get beat), he always travelled well,” the jockey said after the race.

“I had to get around them and he was really strong to the line and he’s got good staying potential this horse.”

Next stop for Global Exchange is likely to the be the G1 Rosehill Guineas over 2000m and then hopefully a Derby which has been the ultimate goal with him for a while.

Some other strong performances for the team on the day included Naantali finishing second in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes, Yulong January finishing third in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes and Bons Away finishing fourth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.