Riff Rocket has been the long-standing favourite for the $2 million feature since destroying his rivals in the Listed Super Impose Stakes (1800m), and despite being nosed out in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) at his latest start, still maintains firm favouritism.
The Chris Waller-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 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) last Saturday.
Mark Zahra 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.
The 2023 VRC Derby is the second leg of the Flemington quaddie on Saturday and is set to get underway at 4.20pm AEDT.