A late plunge for Canberra music duo Peking Duk’s track High catapulted the tune into odds-on favouritism to take out top spot in Triple J’s iconic Australia Day countdown on Monday.
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Punters backed the song from odds of $2.20 into odds of $1.65 at Sportingbet.com.au before the bookmaker suspended betting after voting closed.
Chet Faker’s Talk Is Cheap is the only other song punters are giving a chance, with the tune firming from $4 into $2.75 at Sportingbet late in betting.
“We saw multiple $500 bets for High in the days before we shut our market and it’s the punters’ pick to be the last song played on Monday,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
High was $6 when Sportingbet first opened its market in mid-December, while Talk Is Cheap was $8.
Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off was rated a $21 chance when Sportingbet shut its market.
“Punters weren’t interested in Shake It Off in the final few days of betting and hopefully that’s an indication that the song won’t pollute the pointy end of the countdown.”
Last year, Vance Joy’s Riptide was a $4 second favourite at Sportingbet when it upset heavy odds-on pop Royals by Lorde to win Triple J’s 2013 song of the year.
Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know was the shortest priced favourite in Triple J Hottest 100 history when it won at odds of $1.11 with Sportingbet in 2012.
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Odds courtesy of Sportingbet.com.au
High – Peking Duk $1.65
Talk Is Cheap – Chet Faker $2.75
Stolen Dance – Milky Chance $13.00
1998 – Chet Faker $13.00
Take Me Over – Peking Duk $19.00
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars $21.00
Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods $21.00
Beware The Dog – The Griswolds $21.00
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift $21.00