English stayer Withhold has firmed to Melbourne Cup favourite in several markets but Racing Victoria’s new international recruiter Paul Bloodworth said he’s not yet guaranteed a run.Last weekend Withhold won the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and his trainer Roger Charlton declared the Melbourne Cup was his priority.
Bloodworth said he had communicated with Charlton during the week via email and he confirmed this.
Northern hemisphere corporate bookmakers have Withhold a $16 favourite and Sportsbet.com.au also has him at those odds, firming from $51 after his win.
TAB has him a $21 chance.
Bloodworth said Withhold needs to perform well to gain a start and his weight wouldn’t guarantee him a start.
“Roger plans to give him another run in a group race in Europe and if he can run a place he’ll be qualified. He’s clear what he needs to do,” Bloodworth said. Read More…