Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente won its third Group race in a row last weekend paying a skinny $2.10 – no real surprise there. Scarily for the Wests Tigers though, their price to run last is nearing that figure after just one game of the 2014 season.
After getting touched up by the Red V, online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has wound the Tigers from $4.25 into $2.50 to add the wooden spoon to their trophy cabinet and punters haven’t missed them either, wagering three times more money on Robbie Farah’s men compared to any other side.
With Tigers almost odds-on, it sees the Eels ($5.00), Raiders ($5.50) and Dragons ($7.00) put some breathing space between them and snaring the kitchen utensil.
“The Eels copped the wrath of punters the last two years but they’ve jumped on the Tigers ship and are very confident it’ll sink,” sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Hawes said.
At the other end of the ladder, the Bunnies have firmed into outright favouritism at $4.75, ahead of the Roosters ($5.00), Storm ($7.00) and Manly ($9.00).
The Bunnies ($1.48) are also flavour of the month in round two betting and despite facing Manly ($2.65), are the best backed side of the round by five lengths. In the all Queensland affair, punters are leaning towards the Cowboys ($1.75) against the Broncos ($2.08).
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2014 NRL – Least wins
$2.50 Wests Tigers (in from $4.25)
$5.00 Parramatta Eels (steady)
$5.50 Canberra Raiders (out from $5.00)
$7.00 St. George Illawarra Dragons (out from $6.00)
$13 Cronulla Sharks (steady)
$15 Gold Coast Titans (out from $9.00)
$19 Newcastle Knights (in from $21)
$23 Brisbane Broncos (out from $21)
$26 Penrith Panthers (out from $21)
$31 Canterbury Bulldogs (out from $29)
$34 New Zealand Warriors (out from $21)
$67 North Queensland Cowboys (out from $26)
$101 Manly Sea Eagles (out from $81)
$101 Melbourne Storm (out from $81)
$151 South Sydney Rabbitohs (out from $101)
$151 Sydney Roosters (out from $101)
2014 NRL Grand Final winner
$4.75 South Sydney Rabbitohs (in from $6.00)
$5.00 Sydney Roosters (out from $4.75)
$7.00 Melbourne Storm (in from $9.00)
$9.00 Manly Sea Eagles (out from $8.50)
$12 North Queensland Cowboys (in from $15)
$13 New Zealand Warriors (in from $15)
$15 Penrith Panthers (out from $21)
$17 Brisbane Broncos (in from $26)
$19 Canterbury Bulldogs (out from $14)
$26 Newcastle Knights (out from $21)
$29 Cronulla Sharks (out from $23)
$31 Gold Coast Titans (in from $41)
$34 Parramatta Eels (in from $41)
$41 St. George Illawarra Dragons (steady)
$51 Canberra Raiders (steady)
$81 Wests Tigers (out from $67)
Manly Sea Eagles v South Sydney Rabbitohs
$2.65 Manly Sea Eagles
$1.48 South Sydney Rabbitohs
Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys
$2.08 Brisbane Broncos
$1.75 North Queensland Cowboys
New Zealand Warriors v St. George Illawarra Dragons
$1.28 New Zealand Warriors
$3.65 St. George Illawarra Dragons
Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers
$1.35 Melbourne Storm
$3.20 Penrith Panthers
Sydney Roosters v Parramatta Eels
$1.28 Sydney Roosters
$3.65 Parramatta Eels
Gold Coast Titans v Wests Tigers
$1.30 Gold Coast Titans
$3.50 Wests Tigers
Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
$1.53 Newcastle Knights
$2.50 Canberra Raiders
Canterbury Bulldogs v Cronulla Sharks
$1.38 Canterbury Bulldogs
$3.00 Cronulla Sharks
Cate Blanchett’s odds of winning this year’s Best Actress Oscar have tumbled into $1.05 at Sportingbet after the Australian actress picked up the Best Actress BAFTA for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
The odds of $1.05 represent as close to a sure-thing as you can get with Sportingbet. Champion racehorse Black Caviar only started at shorter odds once in her unbeaten 25 start career.
“The punters that backed Cate at $1.60 to win the Golden Globe/BAFTA/Oscar trifecta can start counting their money,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“Cate is the shortest-priced favourite we’ve had to win an Oscar in recent memory.”
Blanchett’s closest rival, according to the odds, is Amy Adams at $11.
2014 Oscars – Best Actress
Cate Blanchett $1.05
Amy Adams $11
Sandra Bullock $15
Judi Dench $34
Meryl Streep $67
As news boss Peter Meakin settles into his new role at Network Ten, Sportingbet.com.au has begun speculating which talent from his former place of employment, Channel 7, might be the first to join him at the Pyrmont studios.
Former Sunrise presenter Mel Doyle is the $2.50 favourite at Sportingbet. Doyle’s Sunrise replacement, Sam Armytage, is second favourite at $3.50.
“Meakin is on the record saying that Ten’s breakfast show Wake Up needs a shake up and Mel could be the answer to the show’s poor ratings,” Sportingbet spokesman Andrew Brown said.
“Sam is towards the top of betting because despite landing the Sunrise gig, it’s no secret that Meakin thinks she’s an incredible talent.”
Weekend Sunrise and The Daily Edition host Monique Wright is a third favourite at $5 in front of former Sunday to Thursday nightly news reader Chris Bath.
With the V8 Supercars returning to Ten from 2015, Mark Beretta ($12) and former Sports Tonight host Matt White ($15) are both in the market.
The Morning Show host Larry Emdur is the $21 outsider.
“Larry’s a Seven legend and we can’t seem him ever leaving for another network,” Brown said.
Peter’s Poach – Which Channel 7 star will join Channel 10 first?
Melissa Doyle $2.50
Sam Armytage $3.50
Monique Wright $5.00
Chris Bath $5.50
James Tobin $8.50
David Koch $9.00
Mark Beretta $12
Matt White $15
Larry Emdur $21