Does Withhold deserve to be Melbourne Cup favorite?

The team followed up that effort with another visit to the winner’s enclosure, leading home a talented field in June’s Northumberland Plate before an appreciative Newcastle audience

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Withhold: makes first appearance since Cesarewitch triumph last October.

The latest Melbourne Cup betting odds have been released and bookmakers have Withhold as favorite with all major firms, but there’s a difference of opinion amongst the trading teams. That has alerted the attention of value hunters.

Some firms have the jolly as short as 8/1 to write his name into the history books and claim glory at Flemington Racecourse over 3200 meters. A look through Oddschecker shows others are willing to be a little more daring, attaching a 15/1 price tag to the market leader. The latter goes to prove just how competitive this year’s renewal will be.

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Source: Racing Victoria via Twitter.

Run on Tuesday 6th November, the contenders will be looking to wrestle the crown worn by Rekindling last year. The Joseph O’Brien-trained three-year-old colt saw off runner-up Johannes Vermeer under the ride of Corey Brown.

Does Withhold deserve his place at the head of the Melbourne Cup ante-post market? It’s certainly difficult to make a strong case against the five-year-old gelding who arrives on a hot-streak of form. The eye-catching bay scored late last year when taking the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket, beating London Prize by just shy of four lengths when going to post a 5/1 joint-favorite.

The team followed up that effort with another visit to the winner’s enclosure, leading home a talented field in June’s Northumberland Plate before an appreciative Newcastle audience. Prince of Arran was second on that occasion, Sir Chauvelin making up the major places.

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Source: My Racing Tips via Twitter.

Withhold – owned by Anthony Bloom – has now won four of his first 11 outings and banked a place on another five occasions, four times as runner-up. Such an impressive CV would suggest backing him each-way at one of the bigger prices would give followers a real shot at bagging a profit.

Others in the early betting worth a mention are Magic Circle 16/1, Cross Counter 16/1, Torcedor 20/1, Kings Will Dream 20/1 and Hamada 22/1.