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Early 2015 Melbourne Cup Favourite On Offer At Newcastle
One-time favourite for last year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup, The Offer, is at tempting odds for this afternoon's Gr3 Newcastle Cup north of Sydney. Set to carry the top weight of 58kg over the 2300m journey, import The Offer won 2014's Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) and the Gai Waterhouse trained son of Montjeu should appreciate the step up in distance after his last start 5th in this month's Wyong Cup (2080m). Two starts back the eye-catching 7YO gelding won Hawkesbury's Rowley Mile at odds of $8.00, and he has been well supported at $5.00, with Orbec, to be on the second line of betting for today's event. Favourite for the feature is another promising stayer in the shape of 5YO New Approach gelding Astronomos. Trained by David Vandyke, Astronomos has been crunched in betting and is at $4.20, having won 6 of his 9 starts, including 2 of his last 3 over 2000m at Randwick.