May offers numerous punting opportunities for domestic and international codes.
The AFL is getting into the heart of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition and with the season about a third of the way complete, the AFL has served up is usual list of surprises, with clubs expected to do well plunging to the bottom, while those expected to be on the bottom have managed to find a way to win.
We are writing this after five rounds of play and while the standings do not matter until the conclusion of the home-and-away season, it is refreshing to see Essendon, St. Kilda and Gold Coast doing well for a change.
Expect the unexpected every week, as the AFL is perhaps a prime candidate for any of the bookies promotions.
The situation in the NRL is similar in many regards, with lines that are tight in the league where form and home ground count for nearly nothing.
Canberra has found a spot near the top and Parramatta is breathing new life into Western Sydney. Week-in, week-out, making the right punt on the NRL requires skill and luck, making the NRL an ideal place for betting value.
May still offers some top flight Thoroughbred racing, even if it has moved to South Australia and Queensland. Significant Group 1 races during the month include the Robert Sangster Stakes, Australasian Oaks, SA Derby, and the Goodwood are all at Morphettville in Adelaide. The Doomben 10,000 and the Doomben Cup are right where you would expect them to be. Eagle Farm will stage the BTC Cup nearer the end of the month. There are five Group 2 races and more Group 3s than we care to count.
The various formats and levels of cricket are approaching peak times. World Cup for Australia does not get underway until June, but the end of the month will see England, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan start their campaigns. The IPL is supplying proving grounds of sorts for players hopeful of selection for their national squads, or of at least showing national selectors who is ready to step in if the situation warrants.
Australia hopes to defend its ODI title from 2015, but the big difference this time around is that they hosted in 2015, while they will be playing the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
Supercars is worth a look for motor racing fans. The season has been cropped a bit, down to 15 rounds for 2019. The beginning of May will find the racing at the Perth SuperNight event, and near the end of the month, the circuit will be in Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint.
Switching over to the international scene, the EPL seems to be a two-side contest, with Liverpool and Man City well clear of the other clubs. La Liga is similar, but there are three clubs bunched at the top, headed by Barcelona, and then Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
The entire month of May will offer plenty of NBA action in the form of best-of-seven playoff series. The top eight remaining clubs following the first round will supply some even matchups and close games.
Major League Baseball will supply plenty of markets for results and individual players, as the season that began in the early part of April embarks on the long grind that concludes with the World Series in late October/early November.
There is renewed interest in the U.S. PGA, as Tiger Woods captured his 15th major when he won The Masters. He now is just one victory short of catching Sam Snead for the all-time wins record and if he can somehow win the PGA in May, the chances of Woods chasing down Jack Nicklaus for the all-time record for major victories will have galleries roaring every time Woods sinks a putt.