Short priced favourite breaks punter hearts at Newcastle

The bookies landed an early blow at Newcastle on Tuesday after $1.07 favourite Urbino lost the opener.
Kris Lees
Trainer Kris Lees will be left scratching his head after Urbino's disappointing run at Newcastle on Tuesday
Punters have been left shocked on Tuesday afternoon after $1.07 favourite Urbino was beaten in the opening event at Newcastle.

The short-priced favourite was expected to win comfortably in the maiden event over the 2335m trip, with no other runner in single figures.

Settling in a great position for jockey Brenton Avdulla, Urbino was travelling in fourth for the majority of the race before ambling up to take the lead just before the turn. The four-year-old son of Dansili booted clear in the straight and looked to have the rest of the field struggling to keep up.

Despite looking a bit wayward out in front, it looked like Urbino had finally done enough to break the maiden at the seventh time of asking. That was until Plucky George emerged from the chasing pack to make things interesting.

The $23 outsider ranged up and took the lead from the hot-pot in the final 200m, breaking punters' hearts in the process. 

Anyone smart enough to play the place on the Urbino got $1.04 back for their troubles.

This is the second time the UK import has cost punters dearly as a short priced favourite.

The Kris Lees-trained gelding was at the $1.50 quote when defeated by three parts of a length back on August 15 by the Paul Messara-trained Populist at this track.

There's still plenty to like about Urbino as the well-bred stayer looks to register his first ever win but punters will be gun shy ahead of his next start after back-to-back horror runs.