While Buddy Franklin is the short priced favourite to win this year’s Coleman Medal, Adelaide Crows forward Taylor Walker is looming as a AGEN138 according to online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au.
Initially priced at $26, the Broken Hill junior has come into $23. In a sign that the punters think this could be his break out year, he has been the second best backed pick for the Coleman with sportsbet.com.au, only behind Buddy Franklin who is favourite at $2.75.
“The only player we have taken more bets on is Buddy. The punters obviously think there is some value in Walker’s odds,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.
“There is no doubt he has the talent and he looks to be the Crow’s main man in the forward line. The question will be over his consistency, but the punters don’t seem to worried about it as we keep taking bets on him.”
One punter is particularly confident, having $500 on Walker at $26 to collect $13,000.
Tigers full forward Jack Riewoldt has been the big drifter in the market, now $10 after starting at $6.00.
Kurt Tippett has firmed from $31 to $26 while the punters believe Ross Lyon’s arrival at Fremantle could see Matthew Pavlich spending more time in the midfield as opposed to the forward line forward line, with the multiple All Australian drifting from $21 to $34. Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au 2022 Coleman Medal (Prices in brackets from November 2022 when the market opened)
$2.75 Lance Franklin (in from $3.50) $7.00 Travis Cloke (out from $5.50) $10 Jack Riewoldt (out from $6.00) $14 Josh Kennedy (out from $11) $16 Jonathan Brown (out from $11) $18 Nick Riewoldt (in from $21) $21 James Podsiadly (out from $15) $21 Stephen Milne (in from $23) $23 Taylor Walker (in from $26) $23 Mark Lecras (steady) $26 Kurt Tippett (in from $31) $28 Steve Johnson (out from $26)
PUNTERS STEP INTO FLEMNGTON SHORTIES
Punters have been quick to step into some short priced favourites for Saturday’s Flemington meeting with Helmet, Mosheen and Black Caviar all very popular early.
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said punters had identified the three as good things on Saturday but he was happy to let them on. “We took bets of $10,000, $5000 and a number of $1000 and $2000 bets on Mosheen in the first few hours of putting the market up and she has shortened from $1.85 to $1.80,” Sullivan said. “Helmet was also well backed early with one punter having $16,000 and he has been rock solid at $1.75.
“Many punters are doubling Mosheen or Helmet up into Black Caviar or even taking the treble.” “I am happy to let the punters on though as Mosheen is in a high class field while Helmet does a few things wrong, isn’t great first up and probably has an eye on the Guineas and Dubai.”
is currently $1.12 with Sportingbet and Sullivan said they expected punters to step in again. “Her supporters are fiercely loyal and why wouldn’t they be after the wins she has given them and they will come for her again this week,” he said. “Dropping from 1400m to 1000m against the second best sprinter in the country means we will be taking her on again but it is becoming a very costly exercise for Sportingbet.”