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Cheltenham: The King Of The Racing Festivals

Early March each year sees one of the most important and popular horse racing events run anywhere in the World take place at Cheltenham Racecourse. When it comes to jumps racing, the four day Cheltenham Festival is the equivalent of the Olympics and World Cup all rolled into one. In terms of drama, excitement and betting opportunities, it really is tough to beat this Prestbury Park jumps racing jamboree.

Not only is the Cheltenham Festival one of the biggest – if not the biggest – event of the season for racing fans, it’s also a big time of year for the bookmakers. With so much interest in the sport of horse racing, those friendly bookies really excel themselves when it comes to excellent value Cheltenham betting offers and Cheltenham festival free bets.

Best Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

The Cheltenham festival 2019 offers are yet to be unveiled at the time of writing, but rest assured those Cheltenham betting deals will be firmly in the planning stage even at this early juncture as those online sportsbooks bid to outdo each other in terms of innovation and value. Be sure to bookmark this page as we will keep you updated in regard to the best Cheltenham offers and where to find them as the festival approaches.

So what kind of things can we expect in terms of types of Cheltenham 2019 offers? No doubt there will be the usual Cheltenham free bets as well as something new and completely different from at least one of the online bookmakers, but a look back at the top Cheltenham promotions of 2018 should nevertheless give us some idea of what we have in store. A selection of our favourite Cheltenham bookies offers from twelve months ago were:

  • William Hill: Place a £20 bet on the opening race on Gold Cup Day and receive a £10 free bet for each of the six remaining races! Undoubtedly one of the very best Cheltenham free bet offers around.
  • Coral: Money back as a free bet if your horse falls, up to a maximum of £25.
  • Ladbrokes: Price boost your selection on every single race of the festival. In terms of consistent value, this was tough to beat amongst 2018’s best Cheltenham offers.
  • Betway: Money back as a free bet if you lose on the first or last race each day, up to a maximum of £10. For us this topped the pile of the best Cheltenham free bet offers last year.

Take Advantage of The Best Sign up Bonuses Out There

The above outlines the type of Cheltenham betting promotions we can expect as the Festival draws ever nearer, the value doesn’t stop there though. All of the best betting sites offer excellent sign up bonuses which run all year round. The Cheltenham Festival is as good a time as any to take advantage of these offers, in order to give that betting balance a nice little boost ahead of the four days of action.

With so many bookies to choose from it’s always nice to have a little helping hand to point you in the right direction. In that vein, and in our humble opinion, you could do a lot worse than to check out the following:

Coral

One of the stalwarts of the traditional British gambling industry, Coral are now also one of the leading players online. Offering live streaming on every Cheltenham race and tote pool betting, they are also invariably one of the first firms to go non runner no bet on the major festival contests.

Be sure not to miss out on the firm’s excellent sign up offer. Stake just £5 at odds of 1/2 or greater upon sign up to receive a bumper £20 worth of free bets.

Ladbrokes

Another of the big hitters of the UK scene who made the transition to the online scene in spectacular style. Like sister company Coral, Ladbrokes also offer live streaming on all UK and Irish horse racing so you won’t miss a second of the Cheltenham action. With tote pool betting available you also have a golden opportunity to get involved in those bumper Cheltenham Placepots.

Ladbrokes are also offering the bet £5 get £20 free promotion. Again with the only stipulation being that the opening bet must be placed at odds of 1/2.

Betway

Founded in 2006, Betway may not be quite as old as some of the others on our list but they have quickly established themselves as one of the major players in the world of online sports betting, including of course – horse racing. Offering live streaming and an excellent free to enter daily 4 To Win tipping competition, they are well worth a look for racing fans.

Betway keep it nice and simple when it comes to their new customer offer. Everyone likes a matched deposit bonus and at Betway they will match your first deposit 100%, between a minimum of £10 and a maximum of £30.

William Hill

Along with Ladbrokes and Coral, William Hill make up what is known as the “Big Three” of the UK high street scene. Boasting years of experience in value and customer satisfaction they are now also one of the go to destinations for gamblers online. Live streaming and the full range of tote pool products both feature in an excellent racing offering.

If you need further incentive to sign up for a William Hill account, perhaps the firm’s standout new customer offer will tip the balance. Register for a new account, stake £10 or more at odds of 1/2 or greater to receive 3 x £10 free bets.

888 Sport

Initially more associated with the online casino and poker scene, 888 have proven beyond any doubt that they can do sports betting just as well. With 20 years of experience and a well-deserved reputation as one of the best in the business, this Gibraltar based company are well worth your time. Best odds guaranteed, live streaming and the Acca Saver are just three reasons to make 888sport your next horse racing betting port of call.

The sportsbook’s new customer offer is also well worth snapping up. Stake £10 or more on your first bet to receive 2 x £10 free bets to use on the web site and a further £10 free bet to be used through the mobile site.

Sportnation

Sportnation are the newest company on the list but they have certainly made a splash in the online betting world already. Offering best odds guaranteed and special racing promotions such as “Free Bet if you back a winner at 4/1+”, they are one of the real up and comers of the betting world and well worth a look.

The sites new customer offer certainly catches the eye with up to £100 in bonus cash up for grabs. Make an initial deposit of between £20 and £200 to receive a 50% deposit bonus.

Types of Cheltenham Festival Offers

So far we have touched on the types of Cheltenham Festival offers likely to be available during the Cheltenham Festival 2019, but how exactly do these offers/promotions work? Let’s take a closer look at a few of the more popular offer types likely to feature amongst the best Cheltenham betting offers in 2019.

Non Runner No Bet

The big upside of placing an ante post bet i.e. a bet well in advance of the race itself, is the possibility of beating the starting price for your selection by a considerable margin. The downside being that general ante post rules state that should your pick ultimately not take part in the race, you will still lose your stake.

Thankfully for those betting on the Cheltenham Festival, a number of the betting firms do away with this hindrance and make their ante post markets “non runner no bet” in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival. In this case you will indeed have your stake returned should your selection not run on the day. All the upside of possibly beating the SP, with none of the downside.

Enhanced odds

This type of offer or promotion is really self-explanatory. Firms will regularly offer enhanced odds about runners during the Cheltenham Festival. These can be extreme, such as being able to back an odds on shot at 25/1 for example – this type of offer is usually a new customer bonus and only to a limited stake.

Another common offer is the bet boost, in this case customers are able to enhance the odds of any horse of their choosing by a certain percentage. A number of firms run this promotion all year round but often limit customers to one bet boost per day. During the Cheltenham Festival expect those boosts to be more freely available.

Free Bets

Exactly what it says, and who doesn’t like a free bet? These are commonly included in new customer offers but are also frequently available to regular customers. Occasionally these will be completely no strings attached free bets, but more often they will be of the type “stake £10, get a £10 free bet” for example. The one thing to remember with a free bet is that the stake won’t be returned as part of any winnings.

Money Back Guarantee

Under this type of offer your stake will be returned to you – usually as a free bet – should a named scenario occur. These scenarios can vary wildly but a few examples are: money back if beaten by a short head, money back if second to the SP favourite, money back if a runner at 10/1 or bigger wins, money back if your horse falls and so on.

Best Odds Guaranteed

One of the very best value offers to the customer in our opinion. Best Odds Guaranteed takes all the worry out of deciding whether to take the current price about your selection, or wait for the SP in the hope that it will be bigger. If a firm offers Best Odds Guaranteed, simply always take the price. If the SP is shorter than the price taken, you will be paid out at the price taken; if the SP is bigger than the price taken, you will be paid out at the SP. That’s a win-win in our book.

Cheltenham: It’s A Bonus Bonanza

There may be a better four days of betting action over the course of the year than the Cheltenham Festival, but we certainly can’t think of them off the top of our heads. No doubt the 2019 Cheltenham festival will be as thrilling and drama packed as all those to have gone before. What better way to ramp the excitement up still further than with an excellent betting offer or two? Remember to keep an eye on this page for all the details of those Cheltenham Festival betting offers and bonuses, just as soon as they become available.