One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A competitor who is strongly fancied to win a race or other contest.‘hot favourites to retain the trophy’
- ‘Australia, who can boast 750,000 affiliated players, are hot favourites to retain the title won in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.’
- ‘As a 16-year-old she went into the Young Musician competition a hot favourite among those who already knew her work.’
- ‘He was a hot favourite for that race and punters will be seeking to recover losses tomorrow.’
- ‘Regardless of who is unveiled as the new team boss of Raith Rovers, and the man who scored 154 league goals for the club as a player remains the hot favourite, the job at hand is an onerous one.’
- ‘Ms Drown won in South Swindon with a comfortable 7,300 vote majority at the last election, making Labour hot favourites to win it’
- ‘Punters like me are uneasy when we witness things such as hot favourites finishing down the field with only lame explanations offered by trainers and jockeys.’
- ‘Along with Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis, the Brits defeated hot favourites America by just a 100th of a second.’
- ‘Never bet when you are at a track where a sponsor owns the hot favourite in the race that his or her firm are sponsoring.’
- ‘The hot favorite for that contest is Azamour, owned by the Aga Khan.’
- ‘United, nine times winners of this competition and the red hot favourites to retain their crown again, simply couldn't live with the scorching tempo set by Rovers on the day.’
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