Riff Rocket opens favourite for Victoria Derby

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A capacity field of 16 three-year-olds will step out at this Saturday in the Group 1 (2500m).

Riff Rocket has been the long-standing favourite for the $2 million feature since destroying his rivals in the Listed (1800m), and despite being nosed out in the Group 3 Classic (2000m) at his latest start, still maintains firm favouritism.

The -trained gelding opened +160 with online bookmakers after drawing perfectly in barrier five for Saturday's staying contest.

Apulia is clear on the second line of betting at +300 and will be searching for back-to-back wins after saluting in the Group 2 Vase (2040m) last Saturday.

elects to stick aboard the colt by Fiorente and will jump from barrier three.

Verdad (+550) will be looking to turn the tables on Apulia on the one-week back up and will be aided in his quest from barrier four.

It is double-figure odds for every other runner engaged here, suggesting the VRC Derby may be a top-heavy affair.

Air Assault (+1000) will be partnered by for the first time, while John Allen will continue his association with ($14.00) after steering him to victory in the .

The 2023 VRC Derby is the second leg of the Flemington quaddie on Saturday and is set to get underway at 4.20pm AEDT.

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