RUGBY

The Crusaders have another Super Rugby trophy in the cabinet, and although they defeated the Jaguares by 16 points, the Argentinian side were valiant in defeat.

We now move on to the Rugby Championship, and as it is a World Cup year, the format has changed for this season. The 4 sides will only play each other once, and as expected New Zealand are hot $1.25 favourites ahead of South Africa ($7.00), Australia ($9.00) and Argentina, much shorter at $23 than they have been in years gone by, no doubt due to the forward showing by the Jaguares in Super Rugby. The first round will be in 2 week’s time where South Africa host Australia and Argentina will be at home to New Zealand.

The opening round of World Cup matches are open for business, and the All Blacks remain clear $2.10 favourites to win the Cup ahead of England ($5.50), Ireland ($6.50) and Wales ($7.00) . The Wallabies remain well down the pecking order at $15.

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GOLF

The Scottish Open and the John Deere Classic are always the 2 lead in’s to next week’s British Open, and that is the case again in 2019. Rory McIlroy is the $7.00 favourite next week but is also going around in the Scottish Open after giving the Irish Open a miss last week. McIlroy is $6.00 public elect to win the Scottish which will be played for the first time at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. As expected a lot of the US PGA playing list have gone to Europe early and many of those will also be going around this week with Rickie Fowler (won this event in 2015) on the 2nd line at $13 ahead of Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas at $17. There will be 6 Aussies in the field and Lucas Herbert is the shortest of those at $101 as the bigger names are having the week off.

The top of the betting market in the John Deere takes on a new look this week. Norwegian youngster Viktor Hovland leads the way there at $17 but there will be plenty of attention on 2 mates who played in the 3M Open last week. Matt Wolff recorded an unbelievable win there with an eagle on the last and is well in commission this week at $26 as is his best friend Collin Morkanzi ($21) who was only 1 shot away in the 3M, finishing in a tie for 2nd.

TIP: Rory McIlroy to win the Scottish Open

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TENNIS

The path has been cleared this week for Serena Williams to win another Wimbledon title, and she is $2.10 now as the semi finalists are known. Serena touched $9.00 at one stage, but the exodus of several players in the market, including Ash Barty, has opened things right up for Serena. She is $1.25 to beat Barbora Strykova ($3.80), and in the other semi Simona Halep is $1.42 to beat Elina Svitolina ($2.80)

The mens quarter finals are due to be played tonight, and we have 4 red hot favourites in those matches. The top 3 in the market to win the title are still there although the order has changed around a little. Novak Djokovic is $1.75, but Rafael Nadal has displaced Roger Federer as second elect, with Nadal now $4.00 ahead of Federer at $4.50.

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CRICKET

Rain has again interrupted the cricket World Cup with the first semi between India and New Zealand to be hopefully continued tonight (Wednesday). India are in the box seat to make it through to the final, and are $1.18 in the revamped market with the Kiwi’s at $4.50. India are now $2.25 to win the Cup ahead of England at $2.75, Australia at $4.25 and New Zealand at $15. Rain is also predicted for the Australia v England semi final, the Aussies have moved into $2.10 from $2.20 with England at $1.70. Oddly, the Australians have moved out in the market to win the Cup (from $3.75), one point worth noting is that if the match is not completed then Australia would go through on the countback system, so the $4.25 looks a nice price.

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Netball

The Netball World Cup gets under way in Liverpool, England, this week, and runs from July 12-21. TAB have had a market up for several months to win the World Cup, and Australia have been well-backed ($2.50 in to $2.10). England, the host nation, have eased from $2.75 to $2.80, as have Jamaica, $4.00 to $4.50. New Zealand have drifted from $7.00 to $9.00 with South Africa ($18) the only other realistic hope. The Aussie girls have dominated the World Cup’s having won 11 of the 16 played, including the last three, and the Diamonds did also win the major lead-up, the Quad Series, earlier in the year. Australia have an easy game first up, playing Northern Ireland on Friday night, and the line on that match has opened with Australia at -43.5 ($1.90).

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Basketball

There was a major shakeup to next season’s NBA title market last week after the LA Clippers shocked all by picking up Kawi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard was a free agent and they picked up George from OKC Thunder via a trade, and that saw the Clipper’s title price crash. They were $21 prior to that news, but in the blink of an eye were installed as $3.50 favourites. The LA Lakers had been tipped to pick up Leonard and that saw their price come into $2.75 from $5.00, and that was after being $13 a few weeks ago before they signed Anthony Davis. The Lakers will still be a force next season but have eased from $2.75 out to $5.00.

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GREYHOUNDS

Five heats of the Sky Racing Brisbane Cup will be run on Thursday night at Albion Park, and the cream of Aussie sprinters will be vying for a spot in the final to race for a massive $250,000 first prize on Thursday week. Orson Allen has been installed as the $4.50 favourite with TAB to take out the final next week after coming up with the red box in his heat on Thursday. Orson Allen is unbeaten from five red starts and has moved in to $1.65 after opening at $1.70. Sennachie was very unlucky when unplaced in the Flying Amy last week and is seen as the main danger at $3.60.

The Superstayers over the 710m trip is an enthralling race on paper. A field of four will face the starter with the champ Tornado Tears the $1.90 favourite. Tornado Tears had no luck in the Gold Cup final last week but the smaller field suits, and he is the track record holder. Local star Bago Bye Bye won the Cup last week and is solid in the market at $2.50. Victorian Ella Enchanted failed here two weeks ago but must be considered a major threat on the back of a sizzling 33.88 trial at Sandown on Sunday.

TIP:Superstayers - Bago By Bye ($2.40)