Does Cheltenham do free bets?

Yes, the good news is that Cheltenham does offer free bets to customers. The Festival is a hunting ground for bookmakers who want your business, and so its a great way to pick up a decent free bet offer. The best advice for Cheltenham free bets is to keep and eye in the run up to the Festival, as the bookmakers are prone to launch an offer ante post. If you wait until day 1 at the Festival you are certain to pick up a free bet. 

Examples of this are the 'Bet Through The Card' types of offer or sometimes a bookmaker may do something a little different. ie Paddy Power usually launch a free bet giveway on the first race at the Festival, the Supreme Novices Hurdle.           

How do I use Cheltenham Free bets on offer?

Cheltenham Free bets are very easy to use but it does depend on what offer you go for. The free bet offers usually involve certain types of bets. The Bet £10 get £60 type of free bet or 'Bet through ther card' type of offer, the 'Cashback' free bet whereby you get yout money refunded in cash if your bet loses or the enhanced odds type of bet whereby a bookmaker boosts the price of a horse who is a heavy favourite, from say 8/11 to 60/1. 

  1. Bet Through The Card - This normally involves placing a bet of say £10 on the first race at Cheltenham. This will then trigger say £60 in free bets which you can use on the the remaining races at the Festival. Of course, this offer is available to new customers only, but its a great way to have a bet on each of the day's racing at Cheltenham for a very little outlay.
  2. The 'Cheltenham Cashback' - This bet involves betting an initial stake of say for example £20 (this does vary from bookmaker to bookmaker). You put your £20 on a horse and if that horse loses then you get your money refunded back to your account as cash.   The amount you can put on initially varies but the maximum cashback offer we've seen in 2022 is £50.
  3.  Enhanced Odds - This involves the bookmaker boosting the odds on a heavily backed horse at Cheltenham who is the overwhelming favourite to win. It could be that a bookmaker would boost Honeysuckle for example from 5/6 to say 50/1 to win the Champion Hurdle. You can only actually put a very nominal amount on, (normally £1) but you would get £50 worth of free bets if that horse wins the race.              

Its very important to state here that free bets are non withdrawable - you cannot withdraw free bets from your betting account as cash at Cheltenham or at any other sporting event. You can use free bets to win cash if your horse wins or is placed however, but the free bet stake will be removed from your winnings.    

What are the best Cheltenham Festival free bet offers to use?


That depends on how much you want to gamble and how may days you are watching are attending the Festival. If you are only betting on one day then a bet through the card type of bet would probably suit as that gives you a free bet to use on each race. If you are betting on the entire four days of the Festival then a cashback type of bet may be better as you can spread the money over the four days. 

The enhanced odds types of bet are less popular now and we probably wouldn't recommend them.       

Are there any free bets to use in the Cheltenham newspapers?


Yes, sometimes newspapers will give out free bets for the Cheltenham Festival. William Hill and Paddy Power both have offers usually around Cheltenham time, normally found in The Sun or the Mirror. You normally have to cut out a voucher and present it to the cashier in the betting shop. You cannot normally use the vouchers to bet online, they have to be used in store. As always though tis best to check the terms and conditions of the offer.         

Is there any help or advice on placing a bet at Cheltenham?

The best bit of advice given is normally to do your own research and do not rely on others. It can be the most satisfying if your hard work actually pays off. Taking the value is also key to making a profitable return at Cheltenham. Would you really put a tenner on a 1/6 shot? Key to this is betting in a responsible manner. The Cheltenham Festival is an enjoyable four days so keep it that way - set a budget and don't chase your losses. 

And if the fun stops then please stop. Bookmakers have a number of online safety tools such as deposit limits/timeouts so please make use of them.

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