Online betting promotions are available throughout the year, yet they certainly get bigger and better during Cheltenham Festival. The world famous horse racing festival takes place over four days, starting on Tuesday March 14th. And while this year’s festival will be may be missing stars such as Faugheen and Annie Power, there is still plenty to get excited about.
The Cheltenham Festival kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a Grade 1 contest that is sponsored by William Hill and run over 2m 1/2f. Last year it was won by Altior, a horse that is tipped to be one of the stars of this year’s festival. There are then 13 more Grade 1 contests over the course of the festival, with the most famous, of course, being the Gold Cup. But, before we give you a preview of this year’s runners, let’s take a look at the betting promotions that are likely to be available. A lot of bookmakers will be offering enhanced free bet offers during this period. For example, Betway are currently offering new customers a huge price of 33/1 for clear favourite Douvan to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase – a race they sponsor. And, if you aren’t signed up with any bookmakers yet, now is a good time to take advantage of their sign-up offers, as you don’t want to miss out on the action. There will be plenty of free bets and online betting promotions throughout the week. Most bookmakers are already offering no runner, no bet, and there will be lots of enhanced prices while the festival takes place.
So, where should you place your free bets during the Festival? Let’s begin with the Gold Cup. Colin Tizzard plans to run four horses in the race – Thistlecrack, Native River, Cue Card, and Theatre Guide. Thistlecrack has been hot favourite since he beat Cue Card in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, but his subsequent defeat to Many Clouds has seen many turn to Native River as a solid each-way option. The seven year old has won his last three races, and looked impressive while doing so. The two ‘certainties’ of the festival seem to be Douvan in the Champion Chase and Altior in the Arkle Chase. Although, you won’t get a great return on either of these horses, as they are likely to go off at a short price. One contest that is fascinating is the Neptune Novice Hurdle, which is likely to see a showdown between Finians Oscar and Neon Wolf, both of whom have been incredibly impressive this season. You can currently get around 3/1 and 4/1 on these horses respectively. Buveur D’air heads the market in the Champion Chase, yet Nicky Henderson’s other runner, Brain Power, is a great each-way bet. It remains to be seen whether Yanworth will run in the race after winning unconvincingly at Wincanton.
If this doesn’t wet your appetite for the Cheltenham Festival, we are sure the amazing online betting promotions over the next couple of weeks will. It is undoubtedly the most exciting time for punters across the country, and we hope you will be able to pick some winners!