JOHN Barilaro (pictured) has shortened into $1.40 with Sportsbet to become the next NSW National Party leader and Deputy Premier after Troy Grant’s resignation announcement on Tuesday.
Grant’s announcement follows a poor result at the Orange by-election, with the NSW Nationals Party expected to lose the seat for the first time since 1947 following a range of contentious issues such as council amalgamations and the greyhound racing ban.
The focus is now on Monaro MP John Barilaro, who is expected to be announced as the new leader at a party room meeting on Tuesday.
Barilaro was $2.75 to become the next Nationals leader as of Monday morning when it was touted by several leading news sources that a leadership spill would take place at Tuesday’s meeting, however with Grant announcing his resignation, Barilaro’s price has been crunched into $1.40.
It is expected Troy Grant will remain in politics following his resignation, with the odds of him staying as the Dubbo MP $1.25, while the odds of Dubbo holding a by-election prior to the next state election are at $3.50.
“Troy Grant has now fallen on his sword, taking ultimate responsibility for The Nationals poor showing in Orange,” said Sportsbet’s Ben Bulmer.
“The current member for Monaro, John Barilaro, looks to have the numbers, with the odds suggesting he will be NSW’s Deputy Premier as soon as tomorrow.”
Also in the market for the leadership is Upper House MP Niall Blair and Bathurst MP Paul Toole.
Kevin Humphries, who crossed the floor to side with Labor in an attempt to block the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill, is a $26 shot, while Katrina Hodgkinson and Chris Gulaptis who also crossed the floor are both at $34.
Meanwhile, the mayhem within the Nationals party has hit the Coalition’s odds of winning the next state election in 2019, drifting out to $1.50, while Labor has shortened into $2.50.
Next NSW National Party Leader
John Barilaro $1.40
Niall Blair $6
Paul Toole $7
Kevin Anderson $8
Duncan Gay $19
Andrew Fraser $21
Kevin Humphries $26 with Sportsbet
Katrina Hodgkinson $34
Chris Gulaptis $34
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