The month of July is an opportune one for Australian punting. Domestic and international markets are abundant in dozens of codes.
July is a quiet month as far as thoroughbred racing at the higher levels is concerned, but racing punters will find ample action at the country tracks. Punters can also find some greyhound racing and some harness action.
There is some sporadic Group 3 action at Belmont, with the 2000m weight-for-age Strickland Stakes. Sunshine Coast will have the Sunshine Coast Guineas, and then the 2016 – 2017 season will conclude at Caulfield with the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes in mid-July with the season closer coming at the end of the month with the Bletchingly Stakes, a weight-for-age 1200 m sprint at Caulfield.
Trainer and jockey premierships will be finalised, while all the big names spell in anticipation of August.
Both the AFL and the NRL will be of interest as the run home gets going in earnest. Both leagues have seen some surprising outcomes throughout the course of the season, and that could make for an ideal situation for using up some of the Bookmaker Bets that can be found without much effort. In times past, backing an underdog rarely made sense, but some huge dividends might be found, considering that the bottom teams, such as the Hawthorn Hawks, have proved capable of going into the Adelaide Oval and upsetting the Crows.
While a similar scenario exists in the NRL, the big news for July is obviously State of Origin, as the NSW Blues and QLD Maroons play the series decider in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on July 12.
Since we mentioned Brisbane and Suncorp Stadium, there should be some tantalising markets for the July boxing match between Australia’s Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. The bookies are promoting the fight heavily. Pacquiao is the short favourite, but there is no lack of confidence in the Horn camp.
Fans of professional golf will be turning their gaze in the direction of England, where the third Major of the season, the 2017 Open Championship, will be played at Royal Birkdale Gold Club in Southport.
American Dustin Johnson currently enjoys favourtism, followed closely by Rory McIllroy and Jordan Spieth. Spieth is currently playing the best of the three and will be riding the high from his improbable chip in from the bunker at the Travellers Championship on the first playoff hole for the rest of the season. Johnson has not recaptured the form he had prior to falling down the stairs in the house he had rented for The Masters and McIllroy has been something of an enigma all season.
As for the Aussie entries, Jason Day is given the best chance, followed by Adam Scott.
Major League Baseball is the only of the four major U.S. sports going on during July. Some punters may find the markets for the July 11 (July 12 Oz calendar) compelling, including the balloting for the players who will receive the starting assignments, where the voting is producing some too-close-to-call races.
Around the world, top-level cricket will appeal to many punters. There are ODIs at the very beginning of the month, including two between India and West Indies. Play will continue through the month in the quest for the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy, along with T20.
Other International Cricket Council action will feature the Australian women against the best Pakistan, New Zealand, England and South Africa has to offer. The July calendar is full of action in several codes.
All of you soccer fans out there are well aware that there is always a match going on somewhere. All you have to do is log in to your favourite bookie website to find all levels and odds for every league in action in July, especially the MLS, the U.S. contribution to the game. It has gone from humble beginnings to the point where it could in the near future be able to claim major status.
If you enjoy auto racing, you certainly will want to have a look at the markets for the Townsville 400 of the Supercars series at Reid Park in Queensland during the first part of July. At the end of the month, the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint will be the one to watch.
NASCAR is in full swing in the U.S. and the Formula 1 series will feature the Austrian Grand Prix on July 9, with the British Grand Prix one week following. The series then spells for a fortnight before ending July with the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.
Lest we forget, there is a somewhat prestigious tennis tournament jumping in July, known simply as The Championship. The world’s premier exhibition of lawn tennis seems to be forming up nicely, with seven-time champion Roger Federer seemingly having found a fountain of youth, Rafael Nadal coming of a dominant showing at the French Open in search of his third Wimbledon win. Novak Djokovic has fallen off a bit, but if he is able to summon up his A-game, he could be the big surprise. Andy Murray is the defending champion and he has tenaciously held onto his number one ranking.
The Aussie hopes would seem to ride on Nick Kyrgios, although Bernard Tomic cannot be entirely overlooked. Lleyton Hewitt was the last Aussie man to win the title, back in 2002. Sam Stosur has been showing good form as well, so Aussie women could figure in the outcome. She could fill the 37-year Aussie void since Evonne Goolagong took the trophy in 1980. In 12 of the last women’s singles held at Wimbledon since 2000, the last name of Williams was the only one needed.
There is a wealth of sporting markets to be found in July both domestically and internationally.