Was having dinner at the pub tonight after work and was watching Sky and the 1st race at Bendigo caught my attention.
The favourite misses the score up but catches up and doesn't seem to be inconvenienced.
Is driven a little bit hard at the start but not too aggressively. The stablemate drawn inside it is given a thrashing to get to the lead and later folds up. But the driver on the favourite elects to sit 3 deep for the first half of the race. Seems to miraculously get the one-one with a lap to go. Pulls out on the turn but the 3 deep stuff had told.
In fact the driver doesn't even try on it in the straight and it goes to the line under it's own speed with no attempt to drive it out.
Now all of this would be most uninteresting except for the fact that the favourite was $1.35 just before they jumped.
The replay is accessed on this page.http://www.harness.org.au/video-replays.cfm
Will be very interested to read the stewards report when it is posted. Wondering if it had a flat tyre or some other explanation. If a $1.35 favourite went down under those circumstances in Thoroughbred racing there would be more than just a few questions asked. The backers of a favourite that short a price deserve some sort of explanation.http://www.harness.org.au/stewards-reports-index.cfm
EDIT: Ladbrokes Flucs: 1.75, 1.45, 1.4, 1.45, 1.5
Commentator mentioned the $1.35 in the score up.
Winner was 20's out to 30's so there was nothing in the betting to suggest anything untoward. Would be nice to know if there was an explanation though.