HERE’S a riddle for you…how does 17 fit into five?
How about nine into five?
The answer to the first question is there are 17 Australian Pacing Gold purchases working towards Group One glory at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Three Victoria Oaks and two Derby qualifiers are part of the stellar card, with the 17 APG ‘family members’ looking to earn a berth in the Finals the following week.
Of the ‘Super Seventeen’ nine have already enjoyed Group success, including four at Group One level.
Fillies will be in action first with the APG representatives consisting of Beach Memories, Larvotto Beach, Nonparriel, Our Little Jet, Petillante and Vapar Brenda.
Winner of her last six starts. Petillante has every chance to continue her streak after drawing barrier two in the opening heat, with Nonparriel among her rivals.
Triumphant in last month’s APG Sovereign Final, Our Little Jet will clash with Beach Memories, Larvotto Beach and Vapar Brenda.
The first Derby heat will see Group One winners Ripp and Catch A Wave pitted against Interest Free, Brutally Handsome and Khafaji.
Chasing his third Derby triumph, following his wins in Queensland’s and New South Wales’ Blue Riband, Leap To Fame will have to overcome a back row draw in the second heat.Leap To Fame’s opposition includes fellow Group One winner, Lightning Dan, along with Captain Ravishing, Codename Marcus, District Attorney and Ever Hoping.