The month of May 2020, will be different than the month has been in years past.
Normally, we would be in in the midst of major sports codes that typically offer hundreds of markets per fixture, or nearly so, at any rate.
This month finds all the world’s major sports codes moribund, as leagues around the world try to chart a path forward to resuming in some manner.
Our normal sports forecast would be talking about Major League Baseball, the NBA, NHL, the NRL and the AFL.
Some of those leagues might be back by the end of the month, but until we see it with our own eyes, we are taking a wait-and-see approach.
Punters can still find all the racing codes doing their best to keep the fire going.
It is a big month for Australian Thoroughbred racing.
Racing has shifted from Victoria and New South Wales to Queensland and South Australia.
Gold Coast is holding three Group level races on the opening weekend of May. From there, the action shifts to Morphettville, Doomben and Eagle Farm.
There are eight Group 1 races on the May schedule, 7 Group 2s and 18 Group 3s. The Big races are the Australasian Oaks, Robert Sangster Stakes, Doomben 10,000, South Australia Derby, Doomben Cup, the Goodwood, BTC Cup and the Queensland Oaks.
If you absolutely must have a cricket punt, Global T20 Canada will have a few matches and cricket punters who would never have previously clicked a market for teams from Taiwan and some of the other minnows might find it a great opportunity to expand their horizons beyond the top tiers.
As for the major codes, since we do not know if and when they will resume, we are advising our readers to steer clear of futures markets, as it is impossible to assume that any of those markets will jump.
Many codes have taken to online versions of events that would normally be live only. This odd May of 2020 might be an ideal time to become better acquainted with eSports. Formula One is staging virtual races, with the races going to those with the fastest thumbs, so maybe someone other than Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes can do a little winning for a change.
Austria is looking to ease its lockdown and the Austrian Grand Prix might assume the mantle usually worn by the Australian Grand Prix as the inaugural race of 2020. The British Grand Prix, scheduled for later in the northern hemisphere summer, will be staged without spectators, but the Formula 1 Championship has cancelled seven races, possibly to be rescheduled. May is the month we typically see the Grand Prix of Monaco, but it, along with the Australian and French Grand Prix have been abandoned until 2021.
A telling sign of the times found us clicking on Sports with one of the major bookies, where we discovered we could bet on weather markets for Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
Everybody complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it, so this might be the perfect opportunity.
Tennis has found a way to carry on, to some extent.
The French Open, normally set to take place in May, has been moved to the end of September and the beginning of October, so Rafael Nadal will have to wait several months to solidify his clay court prowess.
There will be some basketball in May, but it is mainly confined to Nicaragua.
There are actually quite a few open Darts markets, a code for which we seldom have much interest, but any port in a storm, as the saying goes.
One approach sports punters might want to investigate is to switch over to racing codes for a while. After a month or two of that, when the team sports potentially return, picking winners and covering spreads might seem like child’s play.
It is a little bit depressing to look at the webpages of our bookies and discover messages telling us to check back later. We waited endlessly for the AFL to begin, only to have the carpet pulled out from under us a couple of games into the season, but we hope that this undesirable spell will end soon, but leave us refreshed and smarter when the normal markets return.