Best Cheltenham betting offers
Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest UK jump season meets and a staple in any punter’s horse-racing calendar. As a result we have a number of fantastic Cheltenham Betting Offers and free bets available.
When is Cheltenham Festival?
The 2023 edition of the festival takes place between the 14th March (Tuesday) and the 17th March (Friday), and will feature 28 races in that time.
The four day event culminates in the prestigious gold cup, won by the likes of Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson and Henry De Bromhead in recent years.
Over 65,000 people descend on the racecourse each day to catch a glimpse of their favourites, while festival prize money can reach as high as £4.5 million, attracting the best horses, jockeys and trainers from across England and Ireland, with the Irish coming out victorious 18-10 over the English last year.
As a result of it’s popularity, there are always plenty of Cheltenham Festival betting offers on offer to new and existing customers alike, which can include free bets or other Cheltenham betting offers.
Read on to find out the best Cheltenham free bets, Cheltenham betting offers and all the information you need to turn the festival into a successful one for you.
Types of Cheltenham free bets & offers
There are lots of different Cheltenham betting offers and free bets for you to get your teeth stuck into over the next few weeks. As well as the amazing selection of welcome and sign-up offers you can access through 101 Great Goals, every operator will be running their own offers and promotions throughout Cheltenham to give you the best betting experience during the festival.
Here is a selection of some of the most popular Cheltenham offers you will find on the market.
Odds boosts/enhanced offers
One of the best Cheltenham betting offers available to existing customers is the odds boost feature, which are typically offered by most major bookmakers.
These offers will provide enhanced odds (e.g Horse A winning priced at 9/1 rather than 6/1) but often see the maximum stake capped at a relatively low level (such as £5).
By far the most popular among punters are the free bets on offer during Cheltenham festival. These usually require an initial stake to ‘unlock’ but can help punters turn a profit throughout the festival. We have picked out the best ones below.
Money back if your horse loses
In some cases, and usually capped at low stakes, bookies offer punters a ‘risk free’ bet which give back any money if your horse loses.
These Cheltenham betting offers often apply to the first race of the day, enticing people to bet on longer odds horses and set themselves up for the remainder of the day. They can often be returned as free bets, and are sometimes limited by place (i.e. if your horse finishes in the top 3).
Often offered by bet365, acca bonuses are an excellent way to increase your profit during the festival, and are one of the easiest Cheltenham betting offers to take advantage of.
Essentially, the offer will give you a percentage bonus on your potential winnings for free, often depending on how many legs your accumulator is.
For instance, were you to bet on 5 horses to win at a combined odds of 121/1, an acca bonus may boost your potential winnings to make it closer to 140/1 (around 15%), all without you having to lift a finger.
No Runner No Bet
If you are betting some way before the race, or on a horse that will only be running should the ground be declared a certain firmness (such as Trueshan, who only runs on soft ground), a no runner no bet option may be the way forward.
As the name suggests, this betting offer voids your selection should they not run, returning your stake rather than classing the result as a loss.
How do you claim Cheltenham Festival free bets and betting offers?
Signing up to claim your Cheltenham free bets and betting offers - available to new and existing customers - is a simple process.
From our list above, simply select which offer you would like to take advantage of, and follow these simple steps:
- Select Claim Offer on the yellow button below
- Create new account
- Enter your details, you will need
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Postal address
- Email address and password
- Deposit your money (a £10 deposit is advised to get the best out of this deal)
- Find your race and desired bet
- Enter your stake and place the bet
- Your free bets will be awarded to your account
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How to use your Cheltenham free bet?
Unsure how to make the best use out of your Cheltenham free bet offer? Once you have signed up to one of our operators to take advantage of one of the amazing welcome offers, you will be given a free bet - bet365, William Hill and 888sport are among those with the best deals.
Once you place your bet in line with the terms and conditions, your account will be credited with a free bet with the appropriate amount of money. All you need to do is make your selection and place the bet!
Choose the right bookmaker for Cheltenham
With so many amazing deals out there, picking the right bookmaker and the right deal for you during Cheltenham can be hard, but we have made it easier for you by breaking down what these five operators offer, how to sign up and the promotions they are running during Cheltenham.
What you need to know about Cheltenham betting offers
How often do the favourites win at Cheltenham
As a general industry rule of thumb, the favourite wins roughly 30% of the time (3 races out of 10). With 28 races taking place at the Cheltenham Festival, you can expect around 8 races to be won by the favourite, with plenty of opportunity to take advantage of your Cheltenham free bets by betting on lesser-favoured horses.
Just four years ago, at the 2019 meet, 50/1 outsider Minella Indo won the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, and spotting the next longshot could see a massive return on any Cheltenham betting offers that you are able to take advantage of.
Can I use Cheltenham free bets on any race?
That depends. Some Cheltenham free bets and Cheltenham bet offers will be available to use on any race that you wish, while other betting offers will only apply to certain races (such as the Gold Cup, or the first race of the day). Check terms and conditions of each offer to discover where and when you can use your Cheltenham Free Bets.
Can I withdraw Cheltenham Free Bet winnings?
Any Cheltenham Free Bet winnings that you are able to scoop will be free to cash out, unless it is otherwise specified that they will be returned as free bets. Take a close look at the Cheltenham betting offers to be certain.
Who is giving free bets for Cheltenham?
Just about every bookie going will be desperate to give out Cheltenham betting offers and free bets for the festival, and often there can be too many offers to take in.
bet365 will give you a whopping £30 in free bets for the festival if you bet £10 on any race, while 888Sport will hand you £30 in Cheltenham free bets as well as an additional £10 in casino vouchers, which can in turn land you even more cash in the bank.
William Hill will offer you £30 in free bets (2 x £15) when you sign up and place a £10 bet, and Betfred are, like 888, offering £30 in free bets plus a further £10 to use on their casino.
In total then, a sign up with all four will hand you £140 in Cheltenham free bets to make the most of the racing showpiece.
Are Cheltenham Festival free bets and betting offers available to everyone?
Some offers will be for new customers only. This will require you to not have an account with that betting company, and therefore you will need to make one to qualify for the Cheltenham Festival free bets.
However, others will be available to both new and existing customers.