The Coleman Medal is Josh Kennedy’s to lose, after a seven goal haul in the Western Derby saw his price slashed from $2 to $1.25 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.
With three games remaining, the West Coast spearhead has opened up a six goal break on rivals Lance Franklin and Tom Lynch, whose respective odds ballooned on the back of Kennedy’s dominant derby display.
Franklin eased from $2.25 to $7 and, like Kennedy, doesn’t have the easiest run home in terms of opponents.
The Eagles face finals bound trio, GWS, Hawthorn and Adelaide in the final three weeks, while Franklin’s Swans play St Kilda, North Melbourne and Richmond.
While Franklin’s record against the Saints and Roos is impressive, a final round match up with Alex Rance doesn’t bode well for his Coleman Medal hopes.
Tom Lynch is the X-factor, with Ladbrokes bookies opting to keep the young gun safe at $7, given he has the most favourable run home, facing the best backmen of also-rans Essendon, Collingwood and Port Adelaide.
Hawthorn’s shock loss to Melbourne has raised doubts in some circles over its chances of a fourth consecutive flag, but the champs remain premiership favourites, despite easing slightly from $3.25 to $3.75.
Geelong firmed from $5 into a $4.50 second favourite despite dropping out of the top four following its win over Essendon, while Adelaide also shortened, from $5.50 into $5, to join Sydney on the third line of flag betting.
GWS remains solid at $6 as the Bulldogs ($34 into $26) and Kangaroos ($26 out to $41) traded positions on the premiership betting table after Saturday night’s match fell in the former’s favour. The Eagles are also rated a $26 chance with Ladbrokes.