There are few – if any – sporting events so widely anticipated as the magnificent Cheltenham Festival. For four days in March each year, the eyes of the sporting and betting world are firmly focused on the Prestbury Park venue, in readiness for one of the most thrilling and dramatic shows that horse racing has to offer.

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Whilst the event takes place in early March, the Cheltenham Festival will have occupied the thoughts of fans and punters alike long before that date. Almost from the moment the National Hunt season proper gets underway in the previous Autumn in fact. Not only do fans like to think about Cheltenham from an early stage; they also like to get those bets on nice and early too.

That’s where Cheltenham Festival ante post betting comes in.

Here we provide an introduction to ante post betting in horse racing, specifically in relation to the Cheltenham Festival.

TOP 20 Sites for Cheltenham Ante Post Betting

New customers only, place a £10 bet on any Sportsbook market - min stake £10 at odds of at least 1.5 (1/2) — and we’ll give you £30 in free bets. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. Free bets are valid for 30 days and must be used on a Sportsbook market. Free bets will be awarded after the qualifying bet has been settled. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a free £10 bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply.

18+. UK&IRE only. Online & Phone. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets, valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions apply. Double Winnings applies to the first real money single bet of £1+ win or each-way from 8am 27/02 on the 1.30 Cheltenham each day. Max £25. Stake restrictions may apply. T&Cs Apply.

New online customers only, min £10/€10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 X £10/€10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply.

New customers only. Min deposit £5 , 1x settled bet requirement to release Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credit stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. 

18+. UK+IRE only. T&Cs apply.

New UK & Ireland Customers Only. Min Deposit: £/€10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Additional Terms Apply

 

New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.

New customers only. Deposit £10 min and claim in ‘my offers' 1x100% mobile in-play profit boost. Max stake £10. Max extra winnings £100. Valid for 30 days. Skrill/Neteller deposits do not qualify. 18+ Full T&Cs apply. www.begambleaware.org

Guaranteed £5 Free Sportsbook Bet if your first bet loses. New customers only. Qualifying bet must a single of £10 or more at odds of evens (2.0) or greater. Full T&C's apply.

 

18+ T&Cs apply. Cash stakes only. Min £10 stake required for initial £5 free bet. Min odds ½. Max £25 in free bets. Subsequent free bets equal 50% average of each 3 qualifying bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of opening account. Free bet expires after 7 days. Payment method restrictions apply.

New customers only. Min Deposit £10. Deposit & bonus amount must be wagered 6 times (min odds 4/5) prior to withdrawing bonus funds and any winnings. Wins from real money bets withdrawable at any time. Bonus on sports betting only.T&Cs apply.

New customers only. Valid once per customer. Bonus expires after 30 days. Expires 31.05.19. 7x turnover at 1.6 minimum odds. Skrill and Neteller deposits excluded. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.

New customer offer. Max £10. Paid in Cash. 18+. UK+IRE only. T&Cs apply.

£10 or more at odds of 1.50 or higher in one bet. Free bets will expire 7 days from issue. can be used as 2 x £15 bets only. 18+. UK+IRE only. T&Cs apply.

New customer only, max one £10 free bet, qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 2.0(1/1) or greater, paid as bonus token with min odds reg, T&C Apply.

 

New Customers; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller) with code WB10BET; Bonus amount is 50% of deposit up to £100; 6x deposit and bonus turnover (min. odds 4/5 on singles and 2/5 per selection on acca bets), in 30 days, for bonus release. Terms apply; 18+.

 

18+. New UK mainland customers only. Must opt-in £10 Free Bet promotion upon registration. Minimum £10 deposit at minimum odds of 4/5 (1.8) in any sportsbook market, within 14 days of opening account. Min. deposit of £10 required. Full T&C apply.

What’s It All About?

First things first. What is ante-post betting? Time for a quick explanation of the meaning of ante post. In its simplest terms, a bet placed ante post in horse racing is simply any bet placed on an event some time in advance of the day on which that event takes place. In horse racing the final fields for a race are only confirmed two days before the race for flat racing, or the day before the race for most jump racing. Any bet prior to this declaration stage is deemed an ante post bet.

One of the main benefits of betting on a horse before it is a confirmed runner is that you are likely to obtain better odds. This is really a logical conclusion as clearly a horse that we know is declared to run in a race is more likely to win than a horse who only might be declared to run.

Ante Post Betting & Cheltenhamn

When it comes to major racing events such as the Cheltenham Festival, the ante post betting markets open well in advance of the Festival. It is not unusual for example to see prices quoted for next years Gold Cup almost as soon as the runners have crossed the line in the current edition of the race.

It’s not all rosy when it comes to Ante Post betting though. There has to be a downside to the ability to back a horse at odds which may be vastly superior to the starting price on the day.  That one downside comes with how this type of betting treats non runners.

In a standard bet on a horse placed on the day of the race – or in some cases the night before – your stake will be returned to you should your horse be a non runner. With an ante post bet all non runners are settled as losers and so the stake is lost. Many bookies however offer Non-Runner No Bet promotion  on all or some Cheltenham Races – just check out Cheltenham Ante Post Offers above.

Cheltenham Festival Ante Post Betting Guide

Having looked firstly at what ante-post betting is, and then gone on to outline a few of the best bookies to offer this type of betting, let’s now highlight a few of the key points to be bear in mind when placing those ante post punts.

Firstly, when can you post a bet?

This will vary from firm to firm, but generally for the big championship races of the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup, you will be able to place a bet up to a year in advance should you wish. The other races are generally priced up a little later, with the handicaps being the last to appear – read our Cheltenham Betting guide to learn more about race types. As mentioned above though, a number of firms had ante post betting on all 28 races from as early as January in 2018.

 Take Advantage Of Bookmaker Welcome Offers

Particularly if this is your first time placing an ante-post bet, what better way to do it than with a free bet. There’s plenty of free betting credit to be had out there – including the excellent offers listed in our “Best Bookies” section above and on our Best Cheltenham Offers page. Why not take advantage of the often lucrative odds of an ante post wager using some of this free credit. Minimal risk, potentially maximum reward!

Placing a bet

Placing an ante post at an online sportsbook works just the same way as placing a standard bet. Firstly, navigate to the ante post section in the horse racing menu, then select the Cheltenham Festival race you are looking for, finally add your selection to your bet slip and your good to go. If you have a free bet available which you would like to use, be sure to select this option prior to submitting your bet.

Cheltenham 2020 Ante Post Betting Favourites

As we head into the thick of the 2019/20 national hunt horse racing season in the UK and Ireland, bookmakers are already beginning to tweak their Cheltenham ante post tips and prices. Each result in a major race, including Group 1 contests, will have an impact on the betting for the festival next spring. Below you’ll find a catch up on where we stand just now.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020

The current antepost favourite for the Gold Cup is Kemboy who is top price 13/2 favourite with Betfair. There’s plenty of value in the betting at present, however, and that will catch the eye of punters looking to seize on any indecision on the trading floor. Al Boum Photo rates as the main danger at 8/1 with William Hill in the Cheltenham Gold Cup ante post betting.

Ballymore Novices Hurdle

This race has provided us with some memorable winners over the years and we’re hoping the 2020 renewal lives up to expectations with another classic. If this race follows the thinking of traders, we will have Envoi Allen weighed in as a convincing champion. The fact the next in line is 25/1 shot Dlauro proves there’s plenty of work still to be done on pricing this race up.

Champion Hurdle

Who will come out on top in the Champion Hurdle at Prestbury Park? You can have your say early thanks to the antepost betting and secure yourself a generous price about your idea of a winner. The money men at bet365 have Klassical Dream as a 7/2 jolly, ahead of Buveur D’Air at 6/1. Who leads the way in your Champion Hurdle ante post betting?

Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase, as always, will be run on the Thursday of the festival and if the current betting is to be trusted we should prepare for one of the most competitive renewals in recent memory. There’s no more than two points between the first four in the betting. 8/1 Defi Du Seuil is favourite and we have fourth favourite Min at 10/1. It’s there for the taking. Make your Cheltenham 2020 ante post tips now.

Cheltenham Ante Post Offers

Picking the right horse to bet on in the antepost market is very important, of course, but so too is getting the best deal out there. Major bookmakers all offer promotions, special offers and deals designed to convince you to choose them over the competition.

There are three different types of antepost betting offers. You’ll find each listed below, as well as a short introduction to how they work.

Non-Runner no Bet (NRNB)

If you back a horse to win a particular race in the antepost list and handlers decide to enter it into a different race you will lose your money. That seems a little unfair. Thankfully, the antepost promotion non-runner no bet takes away the risk. With non-runner no bet, if the horse you backed doesn’t run in the race, traders will refund your stake in plenty of time, allowing you to back another. William Hill, Coral and Ladbrokes all offer non-runner no bet promotion as the Festival approaches.

Best Odds Guaranteed

This promo is worth its weight in gold to horse racing bettors who are serious about making a long-term and consistent profit from the sport. Best odds guaranteed, as the name suggests, means you will always get the best price for your pick. For example, if you back a runner at 5/1 but the SP is 6/1, you’ll be paid out at the better odds. It works both ways. If you back a horse at 5/1 and the SP is 4/1, for example, the profits from 5/1 will be dropped into your balance. Most UK bookmakers offer best odds guaranteed on all UK and Irish horse racing with Boylesports, Betfred and Unibet being just three of them.

Extra Places

This is a promotion designed to catch the attention of each-way backers and those who enjoy supporting outsiders at a bigger price. In order to stand out from the crowd, online betting firms may offer extra places each-way in the biggest races of the Cheltenham Festival. For example, if most firms are 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3, one firm may go 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4. This is great news for punters as it gives you more of a chance at bagging a return. Paddy Power are known for offering the extra places promotion on big races, as do Betfair and bet365.

William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed on all Cheltenham 2019 races.

Place an ante-post bet on any Cheltenham 2019 race with the current price. If the SP is bigger than the ante-post price, William Hill will pay you out at the SP. T&Cs apply.

William Hill - FIVE Places on Ten Handicap Races at the Cheltenham Festival 2019 (Ante Post Markets).

The following races apply:

  • Ultima Handicap Chase – Tuesday 12th March
  • The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – Tuesday 12th March
  • The Coral Cup Hurdle – Wednesday 13th March
  • The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Wednesday 13th March
  • Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate - Thursday 14th March
  • Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle – Thursday 14th March
  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase – Thursday 14th March
  • Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase – Friday 15th March
  • The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle – Friday 15th March
  • Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle – Friday 15th March

T&Cs apply.

Paddy Power  - Non Runner No Bet on All Cheltenham 2019 Races

Paddy Power's non runner no bet promotion applies to all Cheltenham 2019 races. If your horse doesn't run, you get your stake back. To qualify bet should be places from 12pm February 8th. T&Cs apply.

Paddy Power  - 5 Places On All Cheltenham 2019 Handicap Races 

1/5 odds for E/W bets.  Dead heat rules apply. T&Cs apply. Paddy Power Horse Racing rules apply.

Races that apply:

  • Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase @1/5 odds
  • Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase @1/5 odds
  • Coral Cup @1/5 odds
  • Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle @1/5 odds
  • Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle @1/5 odds
  • Brown Advisory @1/5 odds
  • Kim Muir Handicap Chase @1/5 odds
  • County Hurdle @1/5 odds
  • Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle @1/5 odds
  • Grand Annual@1/5 odds

T&Cs apply.

Coral Non-Runner Money Back

Coral offers non-runner money back on the biggest five races of the Cheltenham Festival (valid for bets places after 28th January):

  •  Champion Hurdle - Tuesday 12th March
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase - Wednesday 13th March
  • Festival Trophy (Ryanair Chase) - Thursday 14th March
  • Stayers Hurdle - Thursday 14th March
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup - Friday 15th March

T&Cs apply.

    Betfred Non-Runner No Bet

    Betfred offers Non Runner No Bet on four races at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival:

    • Champion Hurdle
    • Champion Chase
    • Stayers’ Hurdle
    • Gold Cup

    Applies to bets placed from 1st January 2019. T&Cs and general Betfred's rules apply.

    Best Bookies to place an Ante-Post bet

    So now we know what ante post betting is, what next?
    Should we decide that we would like to place a Cheltenham ante post bet or two, there are no shortage of sports books willing to cater to our needs. Not all are created equally though, with the following being – for us – the best in the business.

    Coral

    Founded by Joe Kagarlitski – or Joe Coral for short – back in 1926, Coral are one of the most well established, trusted and respected names both on the high street and online. The oldest betting firm on our list, Coral have few – if any – equals in terms of experience when it comes to betting on horse racing and should be one of your first ports of call for Cheltenham 2019 ante post betting.

    Coral Ante Post Betting

    Coral Ante Post Betting: Coral are invariably one of the first firms to go non runner no bet on the Cheltenham Festival.

    With live streaming on all UK and Irish racing you won’t miss a trick at the Cheltenham Festival

    Coral currently have an excellent matched betting offer available to new customers. Place an initial bet at odds of 1/2 or greater and the firm will match your stake with a free bet, between a minimum of £5 and a maximum of £50.

    18+ Eligible UK+IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions + T&Cs apply.

    William Hill

    Another of the traditional giants of the British betting landscape, William Hill was first established way back in 1934. Fully licensed and regulated and trading on the London Stock Exchange, the company have a well-earned reputation as one of the safest and most reliable betting companies in business.

    William Hill Cheltenham Ante Post

    William Hill ante post betting: Also one of the first companies to go non runner no bet last year, William did have the stipulation that stakes would only be returned if your selection didn’t take place in the festival at all. So for example should you back a horse for the Champion Hurdle, only for it to then run in the Stayers Hurdle, you would lose your stake. The prices on offer did largely compensate for this stipulation but keep an eye on those William Hill ante post rules in 2019.

    If – like many – you like to watch your selected horse in action, William Hill has you covered with live streaming on all UK and Irish horse racing.

    Don’t miss out on William Hill’s excellent sign up offer. Register for a new account and place your first bet of £10 or more at odds of 1/2 or greater to receive 3 x £10 free bets. Excellent value! Apart from it, there is an outstanding selection of William Hill Cheltenham offers available during the Festival.

    New online customers only, min £10/€10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 X £10/€10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply.

    Paddy Power

    With 30 years’ experience in the game and now being one half of the betting behemoth that is Paddy Power Betfair, you will do well to find a more safe, secure and respected betting operator. Covering almost every sport you can think of, it’s hard to fault their horse racing offering.

    As you might expect from one of the biggest names in the game, Paddy Power offer live streaming on the Cheltenham Festival and all other UK and Irish horse racing.

    Paddy Power Ante Post

    Paddy Power ante post betting: Another of the early movers on the ante post non runner no bet scene, keep an eye on Paddy Power’s Cheltenham Festival ante post markets from around the turn of the year for the magic NRNB sign.

    Paddy Power’s welcome offer is well worth snapping up. Should your first bet lose the company will refund your stake in cash. Not only that but you will also receive a free £5 same game multiple bet. Read more about Paddy Power Cheltenham offers on our site.

    New customers only, place a £10 bet on any Sportsbook market – min stake £10 at odds of at least 1.5 (1/2) — and we’ll give you £30 in free bets. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. Free bets are valid for 30 days and must be used on a Sportsbook market. Free bets will be awarded after the qualifying bet has been settled. T&Cs apply. Games: One bonus per customer. £10 free to play on Ted Slot game, offer valid for 7 days. Opt in on Games promotions page. x15 wagering applies. T&Cs apply.

    bet365

    From relatively humble beginnings in Stoke on Trent, bet365 have grown to be one of the true giants of the global gambling game. Evolving from a high street operator, into one of the biggest and best firms online; quality, safety and service are all assured at bet365.

    bet365 ante post betting: Going non runner no bet on all 28 Cheltenham Festival contests as early as 08 January in 2018, there weren’t many firms ahead of bet365 when it came to this offer.
    Known to many as the home of live streaming, bet365 covers a multitude of events including all UK and Irish horse racing.

    The companies sign up offer is also one of the very best available. The value of all first deposits will be matched 100% with free bet credits, between a minimum deposit of £5 and a maximum of £100. What better way to boost the bankroll ahead of making those Cheltenham ante post betting plans.

    bet365 ante post betting: Going non runner no bet on all 28 Cheltenham Festival contests as early as 08 January in 2018, there weren’t many firms ahead of bet365 when it came to this offer.
    Known to many as the home of live streaming, bet365 covers a multitude of events including all UK and Irish horse racing.

    The companies sign up offer is also one of the very best available. The value of all first deposits will be matched 100% with free bet credits, between a minimum deposit of £5 and a maximum of £100. What better way to boost the bankroll ahead of making those Cheltenham ante post betting plans.

    MoPlay

    When placing your antepost horse racing betting selections, at Cheltenham or any of the year’s biggest and best meetings, you should take a closer look at the Moplay site and mobile app as they have plenty to offer.

    They are a brand determined to make up ground on the industry leaders and one of the ways they do this is by offering a competitive and eye-catching welcome bonus to new customers. If you don’t already have an account with Moplay you can sign up and receive £30 in free bets when you sign up, deposit and bet just £10. This must be done on a sportsbook selection with odds of 1.50 or better.

    The Moplay service also boasts a great variety of horse racing betting features. You can have your say on the winner of any race covered on the UK and Irish schedule or cast your net further afield, taking in the international racing list. Back the unnamed favourite, second favourite, place a forecast or shoot for a tricast. Bet on singles win or each-way or aim higher and build a multiple, such as an accumulator, Lucky 15 or Yankee. Small stakes for large returns is the aim there. You can also look further ahead at the antepost horse racing options. Pick the contest that best suits your needs and check the promotions page for a full list of updated promotions and offers.

    Moplay mobile app allows you to gamble on the go. It’s quick, responsive, user-friendly and very stylish. It has all the same markets and matches as the site does but with the added benefit of being able to bet at a time that suits you. With a reliable wifi connection you can bet on the favourite in the next race going off in well under a minute or take your time and put more thought into your bets before parting with your stake money.

    Bet £10+ at odds 1.50+, get 2 x £15 free bets, 7 day expiry, credited after first bet settles. Opt in, 1 x customer. Bet type, Free Bet restrictions and T&C’s apply.

    Ante Post Betting: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

    Ante Post betting really does offer the opportunity to obtain an excellent price about a runner. Perhaps you spot the potential of an up and coming hurdler early on, and suspect it may be aimed at the Champion Hurdle. If you back it early in the ante post Cheltenham 2019 markets and your hunch turn out to be correct, you are likely to beat the starting price of the horse by a significant margin. To see that horse then go on win can be one of the most satisfying experiences when it comes to betting on the “Sport of Kings”.

    Hopefully this article will have not only given you a better understanding of the ante post betting meaning and ante post betting rules, but also have perhaps piqued your interest in an ante post bet or two on the Cheltenham Festival. If so be sure to check out the bookmakers on our list, and don’t miss out on all those excellent offers available.