With betting available all year round, and plenty to look forward to, Cheltenham talk never goes away and here we have some great free bets that you can use if you want to place wagers on the greatest National Hunt racing festival of them all.
The 2022 Cheltenham Festival will take place on 15-18 March, 2022, and racing fans will be eagerly anticipating their return, after no fans were allowed to attend in 2020.
As March 15th 2022 draws closer keep your eyes peeled on this page. It really is your one-stop-shop for absolutely everything Cheltenham!
The bookies always up to their game when it comes to Cheltenham and you’ll find dozens upon dozens of betting offers available.
Not only will you find tons of Cheltenham offers, but also plenty variations of offers too. For a punter, it might as well be Christmas!
Among the most popular Cheltenham betting offers delivered by bookies are:
Ante Post offers give punters the opportunity to lock in good value bets early. Ante post is essentially placing a bet on a future Cheltenham race and you’ll find the likes of Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and William Hill have a large number of early ante post offers available for the vast majority of Cheltenham Festival races.
This market is perfect for those getting their Cheltenham bets in early. Essentially, the offer means you’ll receive your stake back should the horse you back not run in the race.
You’ll find it on most bookmaker’s sites in the build up to Cheltenham.
For example, you might want to place a bet on A Plus Tard at 20/1. Non Runner No Bet operates as a type of insurance, where if Altior was then not to run, the bookie would offer your stake back.
Money-back specials are great offers, well worth keeping an eye out for if there’s a big favourite in the race. What they do is offer you your stake back (usually as a free bet) if your bet loses and a certain outcome does occur.
In horse racing this is usually if the favourite wins and your horse is 2nd or sometimes if your horse loses by a narrow margin. So, for example, Coral may offer money-back on any losing bet if your horse loses by a head or less.
Enhanced odds are a type of odds that boost your profits and are always offered by the big names come Cheltenham.
This will usually be on the favoured horses in order to win your custom. So what you might find is a bookie will boost a horse priced 4/5 to 5/1 to lure punters in but the maximum stake allowed will be set quite low.
The most common type of Cheltenham betting offer is a good old free bet. Usually offered to new customers, you’ll receive free stake money added to your bankroll which can then be played on Cheltenham markets.
You’ll find dozens of these from no deposit free bets to 100% match bonuses on your first deposit.
Also check back with us as the new year hits to get all the best Cheltenham free bet offers.
Tote betting is an offer and type of bet in which punters select a series of winners across the day and put their stake into a prize pool.
The prize pool is then split between the punters who correctly predicted the most winners.
The offers don’t stop there either, with plenty of other specials offered in the build up to the Festival.
Among the other betting offers available include…
Accumulator insurance is the perfect offer if you’re placing an accumulator across a day at Cheltenham. What it does is offer you a safety net and returns your stake as a free bet should just one horse on your accumulator let you down.
You never know what’s going to happen in horse racing, which makes faller insurance a popular offer among many punters.
What the offer does is return your stake as a free bet should the horse you back fall during the race. It can happen to even the favourite, so make sure you’re wager is protected.
These are more types of strategy, with Lucky 15 (or 31/63) covering all angles of a bet. It’s a wager on four selections and is made up of four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator.
This is aimed to make a large profit if all four selections win, and still profit if only a selection of them pass the post first.
Playing best odds guaranteed markets gives you the opportunity to lock in the best price on the horse you wish to back. You may back a horse at 4/1, but if the horse’s starting price is then 6/1 and it wins, you’ll be paid out at the 6/1 odds.
The Cheltenham Festival is bigger than ever and it generates more betting turnover now than in any part of its 160-year history. To help the gambling mad population bookmakers have been coming up with alternative Cheltenham betting markets such as the ‘Top Jockey’, ‘Top Trainer’ and the country responsible for the most Cheltenham winners.
As race week draws closer you’ll find dozens of Cheltenham betting markets to enjoy, and even now you’ll find plenty to make a few bob on.
You’ll often find better Cheltenham odds around now, with less form having been taken into account.
The ‘To Win Any Race’ At Cheltenham betting market is often a good route to go down at this early stage as you won’t find out which races are running until later in the new year.
You will find odds on almost every race at the Cheltenham Festival already though, from The Gold Cup to Stayers Hurdle odds and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle odds.
Naturally, it may become the case at this early stage your horse might not end up running at all. Plenty of bookmakers will give you Non Runner No Bet markets, which essentially means you won’t lose out.
This means it’s never too early to enjoy the Cheltenham betting markets and back your horse at good odds before they could get slimmer.
The variety of betting market to choose from are:
The simplest and most straightforward of horse racing bets. Pick any horse to win the race or go “each way”. Each way betting is essentially 2 bets (win & place) and the number of places the bookies will pay out on varies depending on number of runners and type of race. Usually it’s the first 3 horses home but in big handicap races this extends to the first four and in some cases the bookmakers will offer ‘enhanced place terms’ where you can get five or sometimes even six places or more. So watch out for these!
This type of horse race bet asks you to make predictions of the 1-2 or 1-2-3 horses home. Predicting the first two horses is known as the Forecast and predicting the first three is known as the Tricast. You can ‘perm’ several horses into combination bets to increase your chances of winning. For example 3 horses in a combination Tricast is 6 bets in total, as there are 6 possible permutations. As you can imagine, a winning Tricast bet can pay very handsome returns.
This type of bet pits two specific horses in same race against one other in what is known as a ‘Match Bet’ and you are betting on which horse will do best out of these two horses. For example, if your horse finishes 5th and the other horse finishes 8th then you win.
The Placepot bet asks you to predict a horse to finish placed in the first 6 races, and the Scoop6 is a jackpot type bet that needs you predict 6 winners. These bets are ‘Tote pool’ type bets where all the stakes go into a big pool and then are re-distributed out to the winners in the form of a dividend. The fewer winners the bigger the payout will be. These are difficult bets to win but the rewards can be rewarding! If the Scoop6 is not won it is rolled over to the next day for an even bigger jackpot.
A special bet on which trainer will end the Cheltenham Festival with the most winners. These novelty bets can give you an interest over the entire Festival as you can cheer on every horse of your chosen trainer. Irish trainers have dominated in recent years with Gordon Elliott winning the last 2 years and Willie Mullins for the 4 years prior to that.
As above but this time we are betting on which jockey will win the most races during the 4-day Cheltenham Festival. Davy Russell was the Top Cheltenham Festival Jockey last year with 4 wins but Ruby Walsh has dominated this in recent years having won the top jockey accolate an incredible 10 times since 2006.
The Prestbury Cup, named after Prestbury Park on which the famous Cheltenham racecourse sits, is given to the winning most nation over the 4-day Cheltenham Festival. This competition is a straight match between Great Britain and Ireland.
Often trainers do not know which Cheltenham races to target their horses at until nearer the time and so will enter them into multiple Cheltenham Festival races. This can be a bit of a headache for ante post betting. However, some bookmakers will offer special odds on horses to win any race at the Festival thereby taking the guesswork out of which race a horse will ultimately run in.
The 2022 Cheltenham Festival takes place over four days, between Tuesday 15th of March and Friday 18th of March, attracting the very best jumps horses from the UK and Ireland.
Taking place at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, Gloucester, it is the highlight of the National Hunt season and widely regarded as one of the best horse racing Festivals anywhere in the world.
Our Cheltenham Festival page is here to keep you up to date with all the latest news, top tips and value odds for the big week, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly.
Here is the full schedule including links to dedicated race pages to each of the races (odds & racecards) and updated results:
|Time||Champion Day Races – Cheltenham Day 1 Tuesday 15th March||Type||Racecards||Winner 2021|
|13.20||Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race||Hurdle||Racecards||Appreciate It 8/11 Fav|
|13.55||Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase||Chase||Racecards||Shishkin 4/9 Fav|
|14.30||Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase||Chase||Racecards||Vintage Clouds 28/1|
|15.05||Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||Hurdle||Racecards||Honeysuckle 11/10 Fav|
|15.40||The Mares’ Hurdle Race||Hurdle||Racecards||Black Tears 11/1|
|16.15||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||Hurdle||Racecards||Jeff Kidder 80/1|
|16.50||National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup||Chase||Racecards||Galvin 7/2|
|Time||Ladies Day Races – Cheltenham Day 2 Wednesday 16th March||Type||Racecards||Winner 2021|
|13.20||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race||Hurdle||Racecards||Bob Olinger 6/4 Fav|
|13.55||Festival Novices’ Chase||Chase||Racecards||Monkfish 1/4 Fav|
|14.30||Coral Cup ( A Handicap Hurdle Race)||Hurdle||Racecards||Heaven Help Us 33/1|
|15.05||Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase||Chase||Racecards||Put The Kettle On 17/2|
|15.40||Cross Country Chase||Chase||Racecards||Tiger Roll 9/2|
|16.15||Grand Annual Handicap Chase||Chase||Racecards||Sky Pirate 14/1|
|16.50||Champion Bumper||Bumper||Racecards||Sir Gerhard 85/40|
|Time||St. Patrick’s Day Races – Cheltenham Day 3 Thursday 17th March||Type||Racecards||Winner 2021|
|13.20||Marsh Novices’ Chase||Chase||Racecards||Chantry House 9/1|
|13.55||Pertemps Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)||Hurdle||Racecards||Mrs Milner 12/1|
|14.30||Ryanair Steeple Chase||Chase||Racecards||Allaho 3/1 Fav|
|15.05||Stayers’ Hurdle||Hurdle||Racecards||Flooring Porter 12/1|
|15.40||Festival Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)||Chase||Racecards||The Shunter 9/4 Fav|
|16.15||Mares Novices’ Hurdle||Hurdle||Racecards||Telmesomethinggirl 5/1|
|16.50||Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase||Chase||Racecards||Mount Ida 3/1 Fav|
|Time||Gold Cup Day Races – Cheltenham Day 4 Friday 18th March||Type||Racecards||Winner 2021|
|13.20||JCB Triumph Hurdle||Hurdle||Racecards||Quilixios 2/1|
|13.55||County Handicap Hurdle Race||Hurdle||Racecards||Belfast Banter 33/1|
|14.30||Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race||Hurdle||Racecards||Vanillier 14/1|
|15.05||Cheltenham Gold Cup||Chase||Racecards||Minella Indo 9/1|
|15.40||Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup||Chase||Racecards||Porlock Bay 16/1|
|16.15||Liberthine Mares Chase||Chase||Racecards||Colreevy 9/4|
|16:50||Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle||Chase||Racecards||Galopin Des Champs 8/1|
Taking advantage of the free Cheltenham bets available when joining an online bookmaker is an excellent way to boost your winnings on the Cheltenham Festival and can at least help ensure that you don’t lose when using your free bet. There are other ways to maximise the value you get from your Cheltenham betting at this year’s Festival.
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There’s a wealth of talent bound for Cheltenham Racecourse in March, with some experienced runners and some exciting new horses too.
Before the Cheltenham Festival takes place in March, you’ll get the chance to see some of the key runners on Cheltenham Trials Day. Not only is it the chance to take advantage of a few Cheltenham free bets early on, it’s also a great opportunity to study the form ahead of race day in March.
Make sure to check back on this page closer to Cheltenham Trials Day to get a full rundown off the key horses and trial races, best odds and offers for the big day in view of the main Festival just a few weeks later.
You can also boost your Cheltenham betting with a variety of free bet refund offers and promotions released by online bookmakers which can result in receiving a free bet as a consolation for backing a losing selection.
It’s not only free bets that will help bolster your betting bank. There are bonuses that will boost the returns from your successful Cheltenham Festival bets and you should always make sure you are getting the best odds for your selections at Cheltenham Festival.
At Freebets.com, we think it’s a great idea to have accounts with a number of different bookmakers. You just need to know where to look for the best and latest free bet offers and bonuses or which bookmaker is currently offering the best Cheltenham Festival odds, and make sure you make the most of them.
This is where Freebets.com comes in. We monitor all the free bet offers and promotions from online bookmakers and update the site constantly with about £2,000 worth of free bet offers and promotions on any given day.
During the Cheltenham Festival, you can visit Freebets.com and find all the very latest Cheltenham free bet offers and bonuses every day and compare odds for your horses to make sure you are not losing out on the best Cheltenham Festival odds.
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In Great Britain, the Cheltenham Festival will be broadcast live on ITV and specialist racing channel, Racing UK.
You can also watch all the races online by placing a qualifying bet (normally requiring a £1 minimum stake) at any of the major UK facing online bookmakers: Coral, Ladbrokes, Betfred etc.
It is important to have the most up-to-date information possible when it comes to Cheltenham Festival betting – that’s where our social media coverage comes in.
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With so much information, tips and expert advice, our social media platforms are all you need for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
With the whole country looking to back a horse over Cheltenham Festival week, you’ll find almost every bookmaker offering fantastic free bets and generous deposit bonuses.
It’s the same each year and you can really make the most of the week by taking advantage of as many free Cheltenham bets and free bet bonuses as possible.
And while, naturally, you might find the odd piece of small print, at Freebets.com we spell out all the terms and conditions of each bookmaker’s introductory free bet offer and deposit bonuses to save you the time and effort.
With the help of Freebets.com you can get access to thousands of pounds worth of free Cheltenham Festival bets and there is no easier way to profit from betting than betting for free and making the most of the best cheltenham offers.
Choose a free bet offer: Check out our extensive list of free bets, ensure you read and comprehend the main conditions for wagering requirements, then click ‘CLAIM IT NOW’ when you see a free bet offer that you like.
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Deposit funds and place a bet: In many cases your first deposit can be as small as £5 or £10, although this will probably limit the size of your free bet. We recommend you start with some of the smaller free bet offers until you find your feet and take those that 100% match your first bet or deposit or perhaps even give you more than your first bet or deposit.
That’s it! One you place your first horse racing bet, you’ll get your free bet to use on the Cheltenham Festival betting markets. Freebets.com are always seeking out the latest bookmaker offers and have free bets for all the ‘blue chip’ bookies and many of the new breed of online bookmakers and sportsbooks which have materialized in recent times.
Most bookmakers today have sites that are incredibly easy to navigate and you’ll have no problem cashing in your Cheltenham Festival free bet.
How you use your free bet can vary from bookmaker to bookmaker, with some restrictions being in place when it comes to both spending it and withdrawing any winnings.
However, those with another bookmaker account or an account with a betting exchange are able to lock-in a profit from free bets without any risk. You can calculate how much profit can be locked into your free bets with our Back/Lay Hedging Calculator.
Restrictions on free bets vary between bookmakers and it is in your best interests to know what to look for. It can save time and disappointment later down the line and will help you make the best of the your Cheltenham free bets.
As an additional treat, you can catch all the latest Cheltenham news with betting apps and race commentary.
Naturally, the Cheltenham Festival 2022 is a while off, but it’s never too early to be prepared.
There are some great horse racing Cheltenham apps you can use to access the latest information when the festival approaches, along with options for live streaming and Cheltenham commentary radio too!
Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV are best known as being the two main horse racing channels in the UK, where you can watch the Cheltenham Festival and key prep races that the main contenders take part in.
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