Australian punters will not have much in the way of thoroughbred galloping action in July, at least not at the high quality level.
For the month of July has only a few Group 3 races, two at Caulfield and one at Sunshine Coast, but there will still be some action at the country tracks if you are a dedicated racing punter. Wagers of this nature are an ideal way to get that extra edge to stay in front.
There is a trots meeting every day of July, day and night. Albion Park Raceway just to the north of Brisbane is active on Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays. Mildura, Globe Derby Park and Maryborough will have meetings as well.
Greyhound fanciers will look forward to the Group 1 MGRA Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic 525m at the Meadows July 11, 18 and 25. Greyhound punting offers continuous action and the Classic features the best 96 greyhounds whelped on or after January 1, 2013.
Leaving the racing codes behind, there is a little group called the AFL that is going into the home run. This season has provided surprises and drama meeting all the pre-season expectations. Rounds 15 through 19 commence on the last day of June and wind up on the last day of July. After Round 15, we say goodbye to the byes and it is all hands on deck with all 18 teams trying to improve their finals positions.
By the time July is over, it will be pretty clear whether the Crows are truly legitimate flag contenders or not and we will watch North closely as they hope to prevent a complete crash after the auspicious start to the season.
No worries, we did not forget all you rugby punters, who will have Super Rugby up until July 16, with the finals series beginning at the end of the month. Plenty of Rugby Union is on tap, with international matches taking place in Africa and North America. The Wallies have the month off, but the NRL has Round 17 beginning on June 30 and concludes with Round 21, as we watch to see if the Cronulla Sharks or the Melbourne Storm can stay clear of their main pursuers, the Cowboys, Broncos and Eels.
There will be no shortage of football, soccer if you prefer, either. International play is ongoing as is more-or-less continuous domestic football at various levels whilst the A-League is in hibernation.
The major professional leagues in the U.S. are mainly quiet, save Major League Baseball. Anyone wanting a punt there can look forward to the All Star Game in July, which has actually come to mean something to MLB when a rule change several years ago tied home-field advantage in the World Series to the game. This year’s edition is on July 12 at the home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Stadium.
Of course, the PGA Tour is very active, except for a two-week hiatus in August for the Rio Olympics, but we will not concern ourselves with that here, since we are focusing on July. Major tournaments will be squeezed into July, the last two of the season, with the Open being played at Royal Troon Golf Club’s Old Course in Scotland from July 14 – 17. The U.S. PGA closes the book on the Majors for 2016 from July 28 – 31 at the Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.
The Yanks also have weekly NASCAR races going on in July. There will be five this year as the circuit begins in Florida with the Coke Zero 400 on July 2 and ends with the Pennsylvania 400 July 31 at Pocono Raceway.
F1 fans will be looking at the Austrian Grand Prix, the British, the Hungarian and the German as the circuit focuses on Europe in July before heading off to Asia, North and South America and the Middle East to close out the season. Australian Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen are currently running fifth and sixth in the 2016 standings, chasing the powerful Ferrari and Mercedes teams.
Let us see…Did we forget anything?
Tennis punters might want to tune into the proceedings at the All England Club as the Wimbledon Championships run from June 27 to July 10. Nick Kyrgios has gotten in as the 15th seed and Bernard Tomic at 19th. Unseeded qualifiers are vying now for a spot in the draw that is soon to be released. Can Roger Federer defy time and win another Grand Slam? Can anyone beat Novak Djokovic and deny his chance at the prestigious Calendar Slam? Consult your bookmaker; they have all the answers.
Oh, pardon us, we forgot that unusual but wildly popular game involving bats, barrels and wickets, did we not?
There is ODI action taking place as we write. July 2 has Sri Lanka in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, to take on England. Afghanistan and Scotland follow July 4 and 6. The Australians will play Sri Lanka on July 26 and the Kiwis will face Zimbabwe July 28. A total of 35 international matches will offer thousands of betting markets.
Be sure to check your calendars to account for the International Date Line and remember, times, dates and venues are subject to change.
The world’s premier cycling race, the Tour de France, jumps on July 2 and runs through July 24 and will feature 21 stages covering a total distance of 3,535 km. Twenty-two teams will show up at the start line and pre-race favourites Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and the ageless Alberton Contador will offer plenty of drama and tactics for two-wheel racing fans.
Our sincere apologies to any we may have neglected to mention, but with all the online bookmakers, the stream of information is continuous and practically endless, so all of you MMA fans and others will have markets galore in the month of July.
Sports and racing punters have no lack of markets, every day and exotic, from which to select during July. There are plenty of reasons to login to your bookmakers’ websites, learn about the latest promotions, fill out a bet slip and have a good time in the process.