Stan James has announced a new Free Bet offer in celebration of the company’s sponsorship of the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle which will be run on the 15th March at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival meeting.
The five-year sponsorship deal embraces Cheltenham’s International Hurdle, Newcastle’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Haydock’s Champion Hurdle Trial on what will be known as the ‘Road to Cheltenham’.
The Stan James Champion Hurdle will be the biggest and most valuable hurdle race of the National Hunt season and continues the company’s commitment to supporting marquee events in the horse racing calendar, having previously sponsored the King George VI Chase and the Newmarket Guineas.
Last year’s Champion Hurdle winner Binocular is favourite to retain his hurdle crown and Stan James is offering to refund losing bets on the 2011 Stan James Champion Hurdle if Nicky Henderson’s charge wins again.
The offer is limited to a maximum refund of £250 and is available until 12.00pm on Christmas Day.
Binocular will be attempting to be the first multiple winner of the 2 mile hurdle race since Rooster Booster, a winner in 2004 and 2005; he is expected to make his seasonal debut in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on 27 November.