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Cheltenham Festival Free Bets

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The Cheltenham Festival is nearly upon us and we've rounded up all the best offers throughout the biggest week in jumps racing. Some of the highlight free bets below include Betbull, Paddy Power, Virgin Bet and Parimatch. You can also view our Cheltenham Odds page and Cheltenham Tips page by clicking these links.

The Best Cheltenham 2023 Offers from OddsChecker

Looking for the best Cheltenham Festival 2023 Offers? We've gathered the best promotions from all our featured and trusted UK bookmakers.

  1. BetUK - Bet £20 Get £60 in Free Bets
  2. Bet365 - Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets
  3. Betfred - Bet £10 Get £40 in Bonuses

Cheltenham Festival, the highlight of the jumps racing calendar, is upon us. The action began on Tuesday 14th March and will last four days. The jewel in the Festival crown is the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Get all the best free bets and money back specials here to make the most of all the races Cheltenham has to offer. For ante-post prices and our Cheltenham hub go to Cheltenham Festival odds. Oddschecker also provide a wide variety of Cheltenham Tips written by our expert racing tipsters, led by Andy Holding.


Types of Cheltenham Betting Offers

Type of OfferFormat
Enhanced OffersOne horse in one race
Through the CardFree bet for each race on that day
Non Runner No BetMoney back for non runners
Existing Customer OffersVarious
Stand-Out Free BetsVarious

Enhanced Offers


At Cheltenham, particularly the Championship races, you'll see a lot of betting offers boosting the price of a particular horse (normally the favourite) to give your first bet, as a new customer, much higher returns should the horse win the race.


These offers are plentiful when Festival week comes around and the horses look out for this year are Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle, Sir Gerhard in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, Shishkin in the Champion Chase, Tiger Roll in the Cross Country Chase, Bob Olinger in the Turners Novices Chase and Allaho in the Ryanair Chase.


Through the Card


These offers provide you with an interest in all of the day's racing, only requiring you to place on bet on the first race. A bet through the card offer begins with you signing up to a bookmaker ahead of the day's racing, placing a bet on the first race of the day, then 'unlocking' a free bet on each of the subsequent races throughout the day.


Look out for offers of this nature on the first day of the festival, with bookies looking to make a splash with the first race - the Supreme Novices Hurdle.


Non Runner No Bet


If you're looking to place ante post bets, non runner no bet is a great way to reduce your risk and get better odds. A number of bookies offer this to punters from the start of the year and as the Festival approaches more and more will make the switch to non runner no bet.


Cheltenham Festival Existing Customer Offers

While you won't be able to take up sign up offers from a particular bookie if you're already registered with them, there are plenty of other ways to take up great offers during Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Free Bets - Stand-Out Offers

Some bookies will choose to improve their existing free bet on offer to new customers to use at Cheltenham as opposed to creating offers specific to the racing. For example, a bookie normally offering bet £10 get £30 in free bets could enhance those terms to offer to bet £10 get £50 in free bets. That will give you the opportunity to claim more in free bets to use during Festival week than at any other time of the year!


Faller insurance has been a staple for bookies over the years at Cheltenham, which is designed to soften the blow if your horse falls while in contention to win the race. Another similar type of offer is refunds as free bets if a particular horse wins or by the distance they win by.


Sky Bet changed the game in the existing customer offer landscape last year by offering money back up to £20 when you placed a bet on the first race of each day, should your horse go on to lose.

The best Cheltenham betting offers for 2023


bet365 is one of the leading UK bookmakers and their new customer offer for Cheltenham certainly reflects that. You can get £30 in free bets to use during Cheltenham with just an initial £10 deposit via bet365.

Sign up to bet365 here

Bet UK

Bet UK are one of the newest and best bookmakers to the UK market and they have a fantastic offer for new customers during Cheltenham. You can unlock £60 in free bets to use throughout Festival week by initially depositing £20.

Sign up to Bet UK here


Betfred are one of the oldest and most established bookmakers in the UK and they have a great offer for new customers during Cheltenham. You can get £40 in free bets from a £10 first bet.

Sign up to Betfred here

Best Odds Guaranteed

BookmakerBest odds guaranteed
Sky BetYes (excluding extra places & money back as cash races)
Paddy PowerYes (excluding Power Price selections and other promotions)
William HillYes
LiveScore BetYes
Sporting IndexNo
Virgin BetYes
Betfair ExchangeNo

How to use your Cheltenham free bet

Once you have chosen your Cheltenham Festival offer and obtained a free bet, next comes the fun part where you identify which horse to place your money on!

There a lot of potions here including using your free bet to double down your stake on your best Festival fancy or use as a bit of a free hit backing a long shot you've had your eye on for a while.

Looking for expert advice? Our Cheltenham Festival tipping hub is your home for the best Festival insight and tipping content from the likes of Andy Holding, Architect Tips and Steve Ryder. They will be providing expert analysis in the build up to and throughout the best jumps meeting in the world.


Useful Cheltenham Festival Links


Below are a selection of links to help you navigate around all of our Cheltenham content:


Cheltenham 2023 Race Schedule

Day One (Tuesday 14th March)RaceTypeClassDistanceNo.of jumps
13:30Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle RaceHurdleGrade 12m ½f8
14:10The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple ChaseChaseGrade 12m13
14:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple ChaseChaseGrade 33m ½f20
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge TrophyHurdleGrade 12m8
16:10The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle RaceHurdleGrade 12m 4f10
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle RaceHurdleGrade 3Distance: 2m abt 4½f8
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge CupChaseGrade 2Distance: 3m abt 6f23
Day Two (Wednesday 15th March)RaceTypeClassDistanceNo.of jumps
13:30The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle RaceHurdleGrade 12m 5f10
14:10The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple ChaseChaseGrade 13m ½f20
14:50The Coral Cup HurdleHurdleGrade 32m 5f10
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple ChaseChaseGrade 12m13
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple ChaseChaseClass 2 3m 6f32
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual ChaseHurdleGrade 32m ½f8
17:30Weatherbys Champion BumperBumperGrade 12m ½f
Day Three(Thursday 16th March)RaceTypeClassDistanceNo.of jumps
13:30The Turners Novices’ ChaseChaseGrade 12m abt 4f17
14:10The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple ChaseHurdleListedAbt 3m12
14:50Ryanair ChaseChaseGrade 12m abt 5f17
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle HurdleGrade 1abt 3m12
16:10Paddy Power PlateChaseGrade 3 2m abt 5f17
16:50The Mares Novices’ HurdleHurdleGrade 22m 1f8
17:30Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge CupChase0-1453m abt 2f22
Day Four (Friday 17th March)RaceTypeClassDistanceNo.of jumps
13:30 The JCB Triumph HurdleHurdleGrade 12m abt 1f8
14:10McCoy Contractors County HurdleHurdleGrade 32m abt 1f8
14:50The Albert Bartlett Novices’ HurdleHurdleGrade 1abt 3m12
15:30Gold Cuptd> ChaseGrade 13m abt 2½ f22
16:10St James's Place Hunters' ChaseChaseOpen3m abt 2½ f22
16:50Mares ChaseChaseGrade 2Mares Chase17
17:30Martin Pipe Handicap HurdleHurdle0-1452m abt 4½ f10
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