Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers
Without a shadow of doubt, the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season, attracting attention from all corners of the globe. To help punters maximise their winnings, we have compiled some of the best Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers available from the top bookmakers in the UK. You can see our top six offers below, however, there are also many further welcome offers available here for other bookmakers within the industry.
Top 6 betting offers
|Bookmaker||Offer Type||Bonus Offer||Get the Bonus|
|Welcome Bonus (T&Cs apply)||New offer coming soon||Go to Bookie|
|Free Bet||100% up to £50||Go to Bookie|
|Free Bets||Bet £10 Get £30||Go to Bookie|
|Free Bet||£10 no deposit needed||Go to Bookie|
|Welcome Bonus||£25 Matched Bet||Go to Bookie|
|Free Bets||Bet £10 Get £60||Go to Bookie|
Betting Offers Explained
The Cheltenham Festival is an extremely important week for the bookmakers, with the famous meeting attracting a far wider audience than the normal betting public. Therefore, attracting new customers is a fierce battle ground in the market, with betting offers, promotions and bonuses used in order to entice punters. While welcome bonuses are perhaps the most commonly used strategy, other promotions are designed to reward loyalty, which can be especially attractive during such a hectic week of wagering.
Many bookies offer free bets when opening a new account, and here are some of the most rewarding Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers:
Established bookmaker Ladbrokes are offering all new customers up to £50 in free bets upon registering. Simply place a single bet after signing up, and Ladbrokes will match this amount with a rewarding free bet. With some of the favourites in ominously good form heading to Cheltenham, backing one of the frontrunners with a free bet could be a relatively simple way to increase your profits.
Paddy Power are offering a free bet up to £30 for every new account opened, with a minimum first deposit of just £10 required in order to receive this bonus. As well as this, throughout the Cheltenham Festival, Paddy Power also offer more specials than any other bookmakers over the four days, meaning that users are likely to receive enhanced odds, free bets, and bonuses for wagering on the biggest racing extravaganza of the year.
Sky Bet are offering two welcome offers for punters to choose from. The first bonus they are offering is a £10 bet where no deposit is even required. The second option is £20 free bets when you bet a minimum of £5. Sky have live coverage of most of the top horse races so you can expect plenty of odds and promotions if you are a customer of Sky Bet.
Finally, and despite having long been one of the market leaders in the world of sports betting, William Hill are unable to match their competitors when it comes to free bets for new customers. The bookmaker offers to double first bets with a free bet up to a maximum of £25, and although this is a low figure compared to their rivals, William Hill do offer some of the most competitive odds around.
Betfred are another one of the bookies that have an invested interest in the horse racing. On top of that, they are offering a welcome offer of bet £10 get £60 in free bets when you sign up as a new customer.
Aside from the aforementioned Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers, there are also a number of other promotions running for the horse racing which you can use on race day. We have picked our top two available below:
|Bookmaker||Promotion Name||Description||Get the Offer|
|Coral||Coral Faller Insurance||Get up to £25 in returned stakes||Go to Bookie|
|Paddy Power||Non runner money back||Get money back on bets where your horse doesn’t run||Go to Bookie|
Coral Faller Insurance
With the unpredictable nature of the Cheltenham Festival, along with recent history of horses falling on their way round the famous circuit, it would certainly be nice to have some assurances should your pick falter on the biggest stage of them all. As a result, bookies Coral will return losing stakes as a free bet should a chosen horse fall, unseat its rider or is brought down on selected jumps meetings every day at Cheltenham. Although this offer is restricted to bets of £25 and under, it certainly offers a more risk-free way to place a bet.
Paddy Power Non Runner Money Back
Horse Racing specialists Paddy Power have a number of offers and promotions for the Cheltenham Festival. One of the standout promos is there Non Runner Money Back betting offer. If the horse chosen has not managed to run in the event, then Paddy Power will refund any stakes. This promotion is applying for all races at Cheltenham. Ante post rules also apply.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Markets 2017
As previously mentioned, the Cheltenham Festival is the biggest week of the year for the bookies, and as a result, many will make a whole new set of markets available especially for the event. For punters looking to get the better of the bookmakers, utilising some of the more diverse markets, rather than simply backing the favourite, can often turn out to be more fruitful. Here are just a handful of the available markets ahead of the Festival:
- Race winner
- Each way 1/4 odds for the first 6 places
- Finish in top 4
- Age of winner
- Winning Trainer
- Number finishing the race
- Completion of the course
- Accumulators – to complete the course from groups
- Female jockey to win
The Cheltenham Festival kicks off in style with Champions Day on Tuesday 14th March, with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champion Hurdle, Arkle Trophy and Mares’ Hurdle completing the set of Grade 1 races on the opening day. Wednesday see’s the sports leading two milers battle it out for victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, while the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, RSA Chase and Champion Bumper offering a jam-packed day of high octane racing. Meanwhile, the World Hurdle takes priority on Thursday in Cheltenham, with a whole host of top class stayers looking to join an illustrious group
of previous winners. The JLT Novices’ Chase, Ryanair Chase and Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle also offer plenty of opportunities for punters to beat the bookies. Finally, Friday plays host to horse racing’s most prestigious contest, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. With the likes of Denman, Kuato Star and Coneygree having come out on top in recent years, it remains to be seen as to who will follow in such famous footsteps. The Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle also help to bring the curtain down on an incredible four days of action.
Day One, Tuesday 14th March 2017
|13:30||The Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle|
|14:10||The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase|
|14:50||The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase|
|15:30||The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy|
|16:10||The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race|
|16:50||The Toby Balding National Hunt Chase|
|17:30||The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase|
Day Two, Wednesday 15th March 2017
|13:30||The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race|
|14:15||The RSA Steeple Chase|
|14:50||The Coral Cup Hurdle|
|15:30||The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase|
|16:10||The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase|
|16:50||The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race|
|17:30||The Weatherbys Champion Bumper|
Day Three, Thursday 16th March 2017
|13:30||The JLT Novices’ Chase|
|14:10||The Pertemps Network Final|
|14:50||The Ryanair Chase|
|15:30||The Ryanair World Hurdle|
|16:10||The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate|
|16:50||The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle|
|17:30||The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase|
Day Four, Friday 17th March 2017
|13:30||The JCB Triumph Hurdle|
|14:10||The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race|
|14:50||The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race|
|15:30||The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase|
|16:10||The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup|
|16:50||The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race|
|17:30||The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup|
Cheltenham Festival Tips and Trends
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh once again dominated proceedings at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, as the duo were crowned leading trainer and jockey for the fifth time in six years. Mullins’ recent domination of the meeting continued with seven successes, not quite equalling his record of eight back in 2015. Three wins on the opening day through Douvan, Annie Power and Vroum Vroum Mag were followed by further successes for Yorkhill, Black Hercules, Vautour and Limini. Despite being winless on the final two days of the Festival, with Djakaman finishing as runner up in the Gold Cup for the second successive year, the Irishman’s love affair with the famous meeting continued, and shows no sign of slowing down in 2017. Meanwhile, in what was his 10th win as leading jockey during his career, Walsh also registered a landmark 50th win at the Festival, more than any other jockey in history.
In the feature race of the week, 9-4 favourite Don Cossack and jockey Bryan Cooper saw off competition from Djakadam and Don Poli to claim an historic Gold Cup win for Gordon Elliott, in what was an Irish 1-2-3 at Cheltenham, with leading English contender Cue Card falling late on having looked on course for victory.
Elsewhere, The British Horseracing Authority was forced to carry out a full investigation after the Festival, with seven horses losing their lives over the four days of racing. The Govaness, Rezorbi and Pont Alexandre all died on the opening day of the Festival, while No More Heroes had to be put down after damaging a tendon during the RSA Chase on the Wednesday. Niceonefrankie suffered a fall in the Stable Plate Race on the Thursday, and along with Montdragon and Long Dog, the trio all died on the final days at Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Betting Trends
With 14 Grade 1 races over the four days at Cheltenham, each day features its own championship race, and with little to choose between the frontrunners at this stage, it is well worth taking a look at some of the trends from previous races before placing a bet.
As the most prestigious hurdle race of the season, the race consists of horses navigating their way round the two-mile-long course, with eight hurdles over a circuit and a little of the Old Course at Cheltenham. With the first race being ran back in 1927, here are some of the most important trends to look for when placing a bet.
- Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 8/1
- Winning favourites or joint favourites since 2007: 5
- Range of starting prices of winners: 4/5 to 22/1
- Best trainer record: Willie Mullins 4 wins (Hurricane Fly 2011, Hurricane Fly 2013, Faugheen 2015, Annie Power 2016)
- Best jockey record: Ruby Walsh 3 wins (Hurricane Fly 2011, Hurricane Fly 2013, Faugheen 2015)
The Champion Chase is the most prestigious steeplechase race in the calendar, and with 12 fences over the two-mile-long circuit, it is one of the most exciting of the whole Festival. The first Champion Chase was run in 1959, and the following are some of the most important statistics from races since then.
- Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 6/1
- Winning favourites or joint favourites since 2007: 3
- Range of starting prices of winners: 1/4 (1.25) to 16/1
- Best trainer record: Paul Nicholls 3 wins (Master Minded 2008, Master Minded 2009, Dodging Bullets 2015) and Nicky Henderson 3 wins (Finian’s Rainbow 2012, Sprinter Sacre 2013, Sprinter Sacre 2016)
- Best jockey record: Barry Geraghty 3 wins (Big Zeb 2010, Finian’s Rainbow 2012, Sprinter Sacre 2013)
Run over three miles, the World Hurdle is the most eagerly anticipated long-distance hurdle event of the season, taking place in almost two circuits of the New Course at Cheltenham. Having been re-branded from the old Stayer’s Hurdle back in 2005, there have been many fantastic races over the history at Cheltenham.
- Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 11/1
- Winning favourites since 2007: 5
- Range of starting prices of winners: 5/6 to 14/1
- Best trainer record: Paul Nicholls 4 wins (Big Buck’s 2009, Big Buck’s 2010, Big Buck’s 2011, Big Buck’s 2012)
- Best jockey record: Ruby Walsh 4 wins (Big Buck’s 2009, Big Buck’s 2010, Big Buck’s 2011, Big Buck’s 2012)
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Undoubtedly the most anticipated race of the entire festival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most illustrious chasing event of the whole season. Run over three miles, two and a half furlongs and 22 obstacles, ever since its first outing in 1819, it has been a firm favourite among the punters.
- Price average of winners for the last 10 years: 6/1
- Winning favourites since 2007: 5
- Range of starting prices of winners: ¼ to 20/1
- Best trainer record: Paul Nicholls 3 wins (Kauto Star 2007, Denman 2008, Kauto Star 2009)
- Best jockey record: Ruby Walsh 2 wins (Kauto Star 2007, Kauto Star 2009)
Cheltenham Betting Tips
Despite the Festival still being a long way away, the bookmakers have still compiled their ante-post markets for those looking to make the most of some enticing odds from races across the four days.
As one of the most popular races with the punters, the Champion Hurdle is the highlight for many on day one of the Festival. Unsurprisingly, it is 2015 Champion Faugheen that heads the betting among many of the bookies, despite having been absent through injury of late, with stablemate and defending champion Annie Power is not far behind in the odds and tips. Trainer Willie Mullins looks to have the two strongest entries for the Champion Hurdle, although the likes of Yanworth, Min and Vroum Vroum Mag are certainly worth backing with an each way bet.
Neptune Novices’ Hurdle
Perhaps one of the most competitive looking races on paper at this early stage, with no clear favourite, the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle on day two of the Festival could well be one of the most wagered on. With Faugheen having won the race back in 2014 having been the favourite, along with fellow Irish horse Yorkhill claiming victory last time around, it could well be a hat-trick of wins for
Ireland and Mullins, with Invitation Only currently heading the betting among the bookmakers. The five-year-old is given best odds of 8/1, with the likes of Ballyandy, Robin Roe and Blow By Blow all hoping to be in contention come the home straight.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is certainly one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival, and the ante-post odds for 2017 already having an exciting look to them. Former Arkle winner Douvan has proved unbeatable during his career to date, and the six-year-old is the overwhelming favourite with the bookies for this one. Willie Mullins is once again looking in prime position for another Cheltenham winner, with Shloer Chase Winner, and runner up in this race last year, Un De Sceaux also among the frontrunners for this iconic race.
With defending champion Thistlecrack having embarked upon a chasing career for trainer Colin Tizzard, it seems unlikely than he will be back for the World Hurdle in March. As a result, many of the field will be confident of claiming victory in his absence, although it is 2015 Champion Hurdle winner Faugheen that currently heads the betting, in what would be yet another win for Mullins in the South-West. Mullins could also enter reigning Champion Hurdle winner Annie Power, although it is likely that the Irishman will look to keep the duo apart, leaving it up to the likes of Nicholls Canyon, Vroum Vroum Mag and Yanworth to potentially cause an upset.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
The betting market for the Gold Cup in 2017 has already gained much attention, largely due to the emergence of World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack as a genuine contender. Having embarked upon a chasing career under trainer Tizzard, and having won his first two races with relative ease, the eight-year-old is unsurprisingly the firm favourite in the ante-post odds, despite his inexperience in this discipline.
Elsewhere, 2015 winner Coneygree could well return from injury to mount another serious threat for the title, having recently returned to action in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. Although, having been beaten stablemate Cue Card on that occasion, Tizzard faces some major decisions ahead of the race next year, with three potential quality runners to choose from. Of course, defending champion Don Cossack cannot be ruled out for trainer Gordon Elliott, and could well be challenge again, should he sufficiently recover from serious injury. Meanwhile, for those of you looking to back a potential outsider for victory, the likes of Don Poli, Minella Rocco and Djakadam are all worth keeping a close eye on.
About Cheltenham Festival
Some of the best and most successful horses from the UK & Ireland line up to battle it out in the most iconic meetings in the British racing calendar, with punters anxiously awaiting the final stages of races, hoping that their pick comes home a winner. The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in the South-West of England is held over four fantastic days of racing, with trainers and owners priming their star assets for the most important races of their careers. Although luck in-running plays a role in such races given the quality and size of the fields, contests are often run at a far greater speed than normal, with some of the best in the business hoping to write their names into the record books.
With the 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival offering a total prize money of over £6.12 million, it is little wonder that some 500 horses compete for their share. With only the Grand National able to compete in terms of prize money, punters too see the Festival as the perfect opportunity to get in on the action, although it can be a dangerous meeting for even the most experienced individuals, with the lure of competitive odds and so many more Cheltenham Festival betting offers than anywhere else throughout the year.
The First Day
The first Tuesday of the Festival arrives in Gloucestershire, and with over 200,000 pints of Guinness consumed by spectators over the four days, it is safe to say that emotions run high throughout the event. The clash between top English and Irish horses only adds to the excitement for many, with many of the Irish contingent being well backed each year.
Any horse racing fan will be able to recall their favourite Cheltenham Festival moment, with any number of shocks, photo finishes and falls adding to the drama of the event over the years. Looking back, and still one of the most famous Cheltenham Cup memories is the epic Gold Cup contests in the 1960s between the incomparable Arkle and brave Mill House. Meanwhile, many will look back with fondness to the popular grey Desert Orchid’s Gold Cup triumph in 1989 or, more recently, Best Mate’s third Gold Cup in 2004. It remains to be seen who will write themselves into the history books in March next year.
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