Bookmaking giants bet365 have won the race to offer non-runner no-bet terms on the major championship races at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
The non-runner no-bet (NRNB) concession first appeared in the mid-2010s when Willie Mullins had a battalion of horses headed to the Cheltenham Festival, but many had multiple entries and potential targets.
Mullins no longer holds all the aces but in 2022 there are still plenty of horses with multiple entries or with potentially alternative targets as the Festival closes in.
The Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup are the races bet365 are currently offering Cheltenham NRNB odds. The offer could be a godsend to some punters. It’s an excellent safety net.
We are Non-Runner No Bet & Best Odds Guaranteed on five standout races at the Cheltenham Festival.
Three Choices for Allaho
Allaho looks the obvious horse in the Ryanair Chase and bet365 make him their 7/4* favourite for the contest that he won by 12-lengths last year. But entries are also out for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Chase and this horse is entered in all three.
Odds of 16/1 are available about Allaho in the Gold Cup market, and he is only 5/1 in the Champion Chase market. Shishkin and Energumene head the Champion Chase betting (at 4/5 and 9/4) and should one of this pair skip the race Allaho’s connections might just opt to take their chance in this contest instead of the Ryanair.
Will Champ Knock Them Out in Stayers Hurdle?
An even more intriguing Festival hopeful is the J.P. McManus owned Champ. Connections have yet to declare on this horse’s target. He won the 2020 RSA Novices’ Chase but was pulled-up in the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
?? Champ’s Cheltenham Festival target is still up in the air but Nicky Henderson plans to ‘sit down with JP McManus, AP and Frank to make a decision.’
via @unibet: “He’s a big price for the Gold Cup and almost favourite for the Stayers’ which I suppose tells its own story.” pic.twitter.com/jvKrsslcb8
Champ was re-introduced to racing this year in the three-mile Long Walk Hurdle and winning there he has now emerged as a potential Stayers Hurdle candidate. bet365 now have him as 7/2* second favorite in the NRNB Stayers Hurdle market and 14/1* in the Gold Cup.
Other Gold Cup entries with alternative engagements include the big-race favourite, A Plus Tard, King George winner Tornado Flyer and Asterion Forlonge could all be re-routed to the Ryanair Chase.
Prepped and Ready
But it is the simple fact that punters will receive their money back as cash (not a free bet) if the horse they have backed does not run in the specified race.
Cheltenham is littered with horses that were forced to miss jump racing’s showpiece meeting through injury or illness on the eve of the meeting.
With horses like defending Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle yet to make a racecourse appearance this season – and others needing a prep-run to advertise their wellbeing – NRNB really is the safest bet for Cheltenham Festival fans.
Which Cheltenham races are NRNB (Non-Runner No-Bet) at bet365?
The five main championship races are now NRNB at bet365. If you bet on any horses in these races and they do not take part for any reason, your stakes will be refunded in full as cash.
- Champion Hurdle – Tuesday, 15 March
- Champion Chase – Wednesday, 16 March
- Ryanair Chase – Thursday, 17 March
- Stayers Hurdle – Thursday, 17 March
- Cheltenham Gold Cup – Friday, 18 March
* Cheltenham 2022 betting odds correct at the time of publication. All Cheltenham NRNB odds are subject to changes.