Global set for Derby prelim; Weekend Preview

Classy colt Global Exchange faces his next test en route to the Australian Derby this weekend, as he takes on the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes over 2040m at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

He won the Autumn Classic impressively at Caulfield a couple of weeks ago and seems to have come through that run in terrific order.

We have wanted to get him out to this distance for a while as we think 10 furlongs and beyond is where we will see his real ability on the racetrack.

Drawn a slightly wide gate, he will hopefully settle in the back half of the field and run on at the finish.

Ben Melham retains the ride and the pair will jump from barrier 12.

Earlier in the night we have the former Japanese galloper Kemono running in the Ranvent Abell Stakes over 1200m.

He ran well first-up for the stable at Flemington, but we are still trying to work out what his best distance is.

From a wide barrier, we will be looking for him to sit three-wide with some cover and hopefully power home over the top of the field.

Mark Zahra will take the ride on Kemono from barrier nine and we think he will run well.

Our final runner of the night is the ever-consistent mare Kardashing who runs in a BM64 over 2040m.

She has had a great campaign and hasn’t missed a placing in four starts.

This will be her first try over 2000m and it remains to be seen whether she can stay it but we will ride her forward as though she does and hope that she can hold on at the finish.

Teo Nugent, who knows her well, will ride from barrier nine and we think she has an each-way chance.

On Saturday at Flemington we have just the two runners with the first being 2YO filly Charleise in the 1200m Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.

Her first-up run was great where she finished third here and experience down the straight is invaluable for the two-year-olds.

She came through the run well and we would love to see her earn some more black type.

Mark Zahra will take the ride from barrier two and we think she will run a good race.

Our only other runner at Flemington is the lightly raced gelding Enigman who will run in the Furphy Grand Final Sprint over 1200m.

He has had his usual break between runs to keep him fresh and we’ve opted to put the blinkers on him.

There is question mark around his form down the straight, but his work has been really good, and this looks to be the right race for him.

Teo Nugent takes the ride and claims three kilos from barrier five.

In Sydney on Saturday at Rosehill we have Age of Fire running in the 2000m Sky High Stakes.

We have been waiting on some rain for this horse and it looks like we are going to get it for Saturday.

He ran great first-up and likes a gap between runs so we think he will run well.

Opie Bosson will ride from barrier one.

We then have Aloisia running in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m.

It’s going to be tough from her draw but with the rain expected, being back and wide in the run might not be the worst spot to be.

This has been her target for a while so we are hopeful she can get some luck in the run and go well.

Jay Ford will take the ride from barrier 24.

Our final runner at Rosehill will be Mask of Time who will run in the 1500m Ajax Stakes.

He is another horse who we have been waiting for some rain with and he also ran great last start.

Drawn on the inside, he’ll sit on the speed, hopefully lead, and look to veer off the rail and avoid the worst part of the track in the straight.

Mask of Time will be ridden by Sam Clipperton form barrier one and we think he will run very well. S

On Sunday at Yarra Valley we have three runners in the 1950m Yarra Valley Cup.

Azuro is going in first up after a couple of nice trials but we expect him to appreciate a bit more ground, however, he still has the class to run well in this race.

Hursely has just come into our care to begin a jumps campaign so we have put him in this race to bring him on fitness wise before sending him to a jumps trial.

Here to There is running off the back of a gallant run in the Wangaratta cup.

We are yet to decide whether he is a 2000m horse but his run over the distance the other day was good and we think he will run well on Sunday.

Here to There will be ridden by Chris Symons from barrier seven, Hursely by Damian Lane from barrier 13 and Azuro by Linda Meech from barrier 12.