Tue, Aug 23, 2:00pm by Staff Writer
Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield is likely to start the shortest-priced Brownlow Medal favourite in history, following the suspension handed out to former team-mate Rory Sloane.
Dangerfield, who joined the Cats at the start of the season, had another impressive game against Brisbane on Sunday, while Sloane, considered one of two major rivals for the AFL’s greatest individual honour, received a week ban for his bump on Brad Ebert in Saturday’s Showdown against Port Adelaide.
That means Sloane is ineligible to win the medal for the AFL’s best and fairest player on September 26.
That has seen Dangerfield shorten from $1.50 into $1.40 for the Brownlow, the same price as what 2015 winner Nathan Fyfe was at one point during last season.
By Brownlow night, Fyfe had drifted to $1.70, leaving Shane Crawford as the shortest priced winner of the medal at $1.50 in 1999, according to the TAB.
TAB’s Nick Quinn said that while there hadn’t been many massive bets on Dangerfield. He had been a key anchor in a lot of multis.
“The punters have kept coming for Dangerfield throughout the season with a lot of them happy to take the short price to add value to their multis,” said TAB’s Nick Quinn.
Meanwhile, Sydney’s Callum Mills is now $1.70 favourite to win the NAB Rising Star after opening at $17 at the start of the year.
Bulldog Caleb Daniel looks Mills’ main threat for the award, which will be announced on Tuesday September 6. Daniel is $2.40 with both Sportsbet and TAB, having opened at $34.
“Both Mills and Daniel had career-best games on the weekend but having held down a back line position all season with the premiership favourite, the smart money should be on Mills,” TAB’s Nick Quinn said.
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