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    ‘Magnificent Seven’ ready for Derby battle ‘Magnificent Seven’ ready for Derby battle

    LAVRA JOE - Photo Jodie Hallows

    AS A host of Australian Pacing Gold graduates prepare to race for almost $700,000 of APG riches along the east coast, a herd of... ‘Magnificent Seven’ ready for Derby battle

    AS A host of Australian Pacing Gold graduates prepare to race for almost $700,000 of APG riches along the east coast, a herd of APG purchases will battle for Group One glory on the other side of the Nullarbor.

    APG will host majors in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria tomorrow night, with the latter state the scene of a pair of Group Ones for four-year-olds.

    Between them the APG starters have won 301 races for a bankroll of $4,478,117, with that figure to grow to 307 and more than $5.1million by the end of the weekend.

    In the west, seven APG purchases will take their position in tonight’s Western Australia Derby at Gloucester Park.

    The ‘Magnificent Seven’ consists of Mighty Ronaldo, American Bullitt, Give Us A Wave, Sound Wave, Pinny Tiger, Lavra Joe and Seeryanfly.

    Winner of his last five outings – and eight of his past nine starts – Lavra Joe heads the pack as the ‘most likely’ to capture the Blue Riband.

    Hampered by a disappointing back row draw, Lavra Joe is the $3 second elect with TAB Fixed Odds.

    The Ray Jones-trained son of Roll With Joe rounded out his Classic campaign with a victory in the Country Derby last week.

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