A competitor who is strongly fancied to win a race or other contest: hot favourites to retain the trophy
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- 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.
- As a 16-year-old she went into the Young Musician competition a hot favourite among those who already knew her work.
- 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.