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Cheltenham Betting 2022 Free Bets, Offers & Tips

All the latest Cheltenham betting Offers, Free Bets and Odds, from the's Cheltenham horse racing experts

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!

Cheltenham Betting Offers 2022

The bookies always up to their game when it comes to Cheltenham and you’ll find dozens upon dozens of betting offers available.

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Betting Offers

  • 888Sport Get £30 in Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus on Cheltenham Festival claim T&Cs Apply
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  • Betfred Bet £10 Get up to £40 in Free Bets on Cheltenham claim T&Cs Apply
    New customers only. Promo period from 00:00 12/03/21 and 23:59 19/03/21. Register using the promo code CHELT40, deposit and place first bet of £10 on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival (Evens+) in one bet transaction. £30 in Free Bets credited within 10 hours of bet settlement and expire after 7 days. Additional £10 in Free Bets only credited if first bet doesn’t win. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs Apply.
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    18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £20 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible.
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    Plus - money back as a free bet if 2nd to the SP fav on every race. And money back as a free bet if you place in the 1st race each day. New customers only. See full Ts&Cs below. 18+ begambleaware
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    New customer offer; Place first £10 bet on sports at odds of 2.0 or greater; Get a 10 Free Bet after the qualifying bet has settled; Accept bonus pop-up to receive Free Bet; Free Bet must be used at odds below 20.0; Free Bet stakes not returned; T&C’s apply; 18+.
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    Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
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    18+The UK only. Available for new players who registered at Energybet after 31.8.2020 and valid only for their first qualifying Sportsbook bet. Cash stakes only. Min. £10 deposit required> Min. total odds of 3/4 Min odds for each selection 1/4. Bonus amount £10. Bonus funds to be wagered 1x odds of 4/5 or higher. Bets placed for both sides, with the same outcome and for the same event, will be disqualified. Virtual Sports bets do not qualify. Cashed out bets don not qualify. Other T&Cs apply. Please bet responsibly.
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    18+ new customers opt-in. Place your first bet up to £20 on any horse at the Cheltenham Festival – win single only. We’ll refund in cash if your 1st bet loses. Valid until 16:00GMT 19.03.21. T&Cs Apply, see below. | Please gamble responsibly
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    Min £10 deposit by Debit Card/ApplePay. Min £10 Sportsbook bet at odds of Evs (2.0) or more. Free bets valid for 7 days, a £10 free bet awarded at bet settlement, £10 awarded 16th-19th March. T&Cs apply.
  • Paddy Power Day 3 Bttc Bet £10 On Race 1, Get £5 On Each Race (£30 In Free Bets) claim T&Cs Apply
    New Customers Only. Place a min £10 bet on the 'Win Each Way' market of the 13:20 Cheltenham race, Friday, March 19th. Get a £5 free bet for each of the remaining Friday Cheltenham races. Free bets will be awarded after your qualifying bet has been settled. Only deposits made using cards or Apple Pay are eligible. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply.
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    Opt In, bet £5 (odds 2.00+) & get a £5 sports Free Bets (odds 2.00+) + £5 Slots Bonus, selected games, 20x wagering to withdraw max £250. Offer valid from 10:00BST 08.04.21 to 12:00BST 12.04.21. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Click here for T&Cs. 18+
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    Key Terms: New customers only. Free Bets issued on settlement of qualifying bet. Qualifying bet minimum odds 2.0. Max win per Free Bet: Premier league Outright - no max, Enhanced Specials Free Bet - no max, any sport Free Bet - £100.
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  • 888Sport £5 Free Bet on Every Race on the Card When You Bet £10+ on the First Race at Cheltenham claim T&Cs Apply
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  • Paddy Power Day 3 Bttc Bet £10 On Race 1, Get £5 On Each Race (£30 In Free Bets) claim T&Cs Apply
    New Customers Only. Place a min £10 bet on the 'Win Each Way' market of the 13:20 Cheltenham race, Thursday, March 18th. Get a £5 free bet for each of the remaining Thursday Cheltenham races. Free bets will be awarded after your qualifying bet has been settled. Only deposits made using cards or Apple Pay are eligible. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply.
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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:

Cheltenham Ante Post Offers

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.

Non Runner No Bet (‘NRNB’)

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.

Cheltenham Money Back Specials

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 Offers

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.

Cheltenham Free Bets Offers

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 on Cheltenham

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.

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Cheltenham 2022 Betting Specials

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…

Acca Insurance

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.

Faller Insurance

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.

Lucky 15/31/63

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.

Best Odds Guaranteed

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.

bet365 Promotional Offer: Best Odds Guaranteed

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Crazy Coincidence Bets and Cheltenham Betting Offers for the Festival

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.

Cheltenham Betting Markets

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.

Cheltenham betting markets

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:

  • Bet on a Horse to Win or “Each-Way”

    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!

  • Forecast / Tricast Betting

    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.

  • Match Betting

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.

  • Placepot & Scoop6 Pool Betting

    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.

  • Top Festival Trainer Betting Markets

    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.

  • Top Festival Jockey Betting Markets

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.

  • GB vs Ireland Prestbury Cup Winners

    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.

  • Horses to ‘Win ANY Race’ at the Festival

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.

What & When Is This Year’s Cheltenham Festival?

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.

The Festival is centred around four main Championship races, the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Stayers Hurdle and the highlight of the week, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham 2022 Race Schedule & Racecards

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

Where to Find the Latest 2022 Cheltenham Betting Tips

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.  

Cheltenham Betting Tips

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Cheltenham 2021 Best Runners

There’s a wealth of talent bound for Cheltenham Racecourse in March, with some experienced runners and some exciting new horses too.

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Previous Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners:

  • 2021: Minella Indo – Trainer: Henry de Bromhead, Jockey: Jack Kennedy
  • 2020: Al Boum Photo – Trainer: Willie Mullins, Jockey: Paul Townend
  • 2019: Al Boum Photo – Trainer: Willie Mullins, Jockey: Paul Townend
  • 2018: Native River – Trainer: Colin Tizzard, Jockey: Richard Johnson
  • 2017: Sizing John – Trainer: Jessica Harrington, Jockey: Robbie Power
  • 2016: Don Cossack – Trainer: Gordon Elliott, Jockey: Bryan Cooper
  • 2015: Coneygree – Trainer: Mark Bradstock, Jockey: Nico De Boinville
  • 2014: Lord Windermere – Trainer: Jim Culloty, Jockey: Davy Russell
  • 2013: Bobs Worth – Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Barry Geraghty

Cheltenham Trials Day Betting 

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.

Cheltenham FAQs

The number of horses racing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup varies, with the last few years welcoming between 12 and 16. The 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup saw 16 runners, with 15 in the 2018 race, nine of which finished.
Favourites usually do well in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but it is such a competitive race that they don’t always win. In 2019, 12/1 shot Al Boum Photo won the race while favourite Presenting Percy finished eighth. In 2018, the favourite finished second. Not since 2016 has the favourite won, with just eight favourites having won the race since 2000.
There will be a competitive field once more in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020, with the odds continually changing as the Trials are competed. Al Boum Photo is among the favourites once again, while Kemboy, Clan Des Obeaux and Lostintranslation are also among the contenders. You can find all the latest odds and 2020 Cheltenham predictions on our Cheltenham Festival page.
The most successful horse in Gold Cup history is Golden Miller who picked up five wins in a row between 1932 and 1936. Kauto Star was the last horse to pick up the crown more than once, winning the race in 2007 and 2009.
Golden Miller is the only horse to have won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same season. That feat was secured in 1934. L’Escargot is the only other horse to have achieved both in the 1970s, although this was achieved in different years.
The current richest jockey is Yutaka Take who competes over in Japan. It’s a lucrative sport in the nation, while there’s plenty of money on the line in the Kentucky Derby and Qatar World Cup too. The prize pool for the Cheltenham Gold Cup was £351,688.
A woman has never won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. However, 2019 marked a landmark year for the festival when Bryony Frost became the first female to win a Grade One Cheltenham Festival race. She rode Frodon to victory in the Ryanair Chase.
The Cheltenham Festival has been cancelled previously, the last time in 2001 due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. The meeting was also cancelled between 1943 and 1944 as well as in 1937 and 1931. Adverse weather conditions has also seen races cancelled and racing days abandoned, with races added to the following days of the festival.

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, 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 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 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.

Alternatively, you can follow us on Twitter where we regularly release news of all the free bet offers, bonuses and promotions as we add them to the website.

How Can I Watch The Live Action?

In Great Britain, the Cheltenham Festival will be broadcast live on ITV and specialist racing channel, Racing UK.

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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.

For more info on watching all the races check our 2022 Cheltenham Festival live streaming guide.

Cheltenham Betting on Social Media

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.

We have the latest Cheltenham betting tips, big race information and analysis across our social media platforms.

On Twitter, make sure the head to @freebetsdotcom where we have tips, interactive polls and all the Cheltenham angles covered.

If high-quality images from Cheltenham’s past and present and insightful infographics are your thing then Freebetsdotcom on Instagram is a must follow.

For your chance to get involved in the discussion with our team and other horse racing fans, head on over to the private FreebetsRacing group on Facebook.

With so much information, tips and expert advice, our social media platforms are all you need for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

How to Get 2022 Cheltenham Free Bets

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 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 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.

Three Easy Steps to Get Cheltenham Festival Free Bets:

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.

Register with the online bookmaker: Fill out the online registration form and enter the promo code if appropriate. You’ll need to declare your payment details so be sure to have them to hand. You are entrusting your bookmaker with your financial details, so only promotes reputable bookmakers.  You can browse our reviews in the Bookmakers section of our site.

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. 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.

How To Use Cheltenham Free Bets

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.

What to Know Before Using Your 2022 Cheltenham Festival Free Bets

  1. Free Bet stakes are not included in returns: It’s not standard practice for bookmakers to include your Free Bet stake in any potential winning returns you claim.  Typically you will only receive the winnings from your Free Bet.
  2. Minimum Odds: The majority of Free Bet Deposit Bonuses come with a minimum odds qualifying requirement that usually varies between about 1/5 (1.20) and 6/4 (2.50).
  3. Rollover Requirement: Bookmakers will often have a rollover requirement on your initial Free Bet Deposit Bonus that stipulates that your initial Free Bet bonus must be wagered a set number of times before you’re permitted to withdraw any potential Free Bet winnings.
  4. Free Bet Expiry: Any Free Bets will almost always come with an expiry date.  These cut off dates vary, but are usually within either 7 or 30 days of them being first awarded.
  5. Bet Type Restrictions: Free Bets can almost always be used as a single bet and they are also usually fine to use in accumulators.
  6. Betting product restrictions: A Free Bet is usually restricted to be used in the specific area it was allocated for so, for example, a sportsbook Free Bet will only be acceptable for use in the bookmaker sportsbook and can’t be used in the casino or poker room.

The Only Cheltenham Betting Advice You’ll Need

  • Open accounts with many different bookmakers – The more free bets the better!
  • Work out your potential returns – Get the best Cheltenham Festival odds for your selections by comparing bookmakers’ odds with our betting calculator.
  • Find free bet refunds and pay out bonuses – Look for bets on the Cheltenham Festival such as non-runner offers. These can help with your festival betting returns.
  • Keep an eye on social media for offers – Make sure you never miss an offer by following our daily updates on Twitter.

Cheltenham Betting Apps & Race Commentary

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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