It is hard not to like March for punters of all stripes.
There is so much going on that we wonder where to begin and the month promises punting of the sort that has been missing to some degree for the past several months.
Thoroughbred racing is back in full swing, with the majority of the big events going off in New South Wales. The very first weekend of the month will find Australia’s equine heroine, Winx may be appearing for one of the last few times in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick.
Patrick Webster is apparently the only one brace enough to challenge Chris Waller. Webster will send Happy Clapper; currently $7 for the win (Ladbrokes) out, the rest of the field is from Waller’s stables. Winx is at $1.08, a drift of a penny from when the markets went up. Another case of bookmaker generosity.
Punters who want the chance of a bigger dividend have a market for the Chipping Norton with Winx out, in which case Happy Clapper will only return $1.50, but Egg Tart’s $4.50 might tempt a few.
Randwick will also stage the Group 1 Surround Stakes and four other Group level races. Flemington also has some nice features, including the Group 1 Australian Guineas, the Group 2 Blamey Stakes and a couple of Group 3s.
March marks the return of the NRL, a clear instance of there being no necessity of being beware of the ides, for all you Shakespeare fans out there.
The Melbourne Storm versus the Brisbane Broncos will launch the 2019 NRL Premiership competition, with close games for the rest of the clubs across the fixture.
The futures markets have the Sydney Roosters on top, with Kayln Ponga, James Tedesco and Mitchell Pearce the leading Dally M Medal candidates.
Super League will be going, for those of you who prefer that code. St Helens and Warrington are tied at the top of the table for the Super League Premiership, but the Castleford Tigers and the Wigan Warriors cannot be totally disregarded by any stretch.
March is a great month to be a rugby fan and hopefully, some of those fans have been saving up their free bets promotions and free bookmaker bets.
March will be a good month for the Aussie Rules fans, too. The AFLW is wending its way toward finals and while some might not care for the conference system in use this year, the AFL should be kudo-ed for the willingness to innovate.
Later in the month, the men’s AFL gets underway, so punters will have hundreds and hundreds of markets on a weekly basis and there will doubtless be a few free betting markets dangled as the bookmakers vie for the attention of punters.
The A-League and the EPL are closing in on the end of the season during March and this year has been one of compelling team and individual story lines that simply scream for plunges on all manner of markets.
The international soccer codes will have plenty on offer as well.
Australia will host the inaugural race of the 2019 F1 Championship when the green flag drops for the Australian Grand Prix in the middle of the month. The main story line at this time is whether Mercedes can maintain its dominance, or if this is the year, they are overtaken by Ferrari. How well Daniel Ricciardo does for his new team Renault will be of interest.
Over in the U.S., the NBA is finally getting down to the nitty gritty and the season has had some surprise teams rise to the fore, along with the usual suspects that are perennial contenders. Ben Simmons has already proven that his rookie season was no fluke. This year, it will be interesting to see how deep the Philadelphia 76ers can advance.
Fans of college hoops will be looking forward to March Madness as the NCAA crowns the college champion for 2018 – 2019.
March might be one of the most ideal months in the year to join Sportsbet for a $501 free bet and there are many deserving bookmakers who will be keen to liven up the March festivities.
Punters should remember to gamble responsibly and to make sure to use the bookmakers free bets, bookmakers free bookie bonuses and promotions to get that extra edge to keep in front.