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Cheltenham Festival, the highlight of the jumps racing calendar, is nearly upon us. The action gets underway from Tuesday 10th March and will last four days. The jewel in the Festival crown is the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Get all the best offers 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 Offer||Format|
|Enhanced Offers||One horse in one race|
|Through the Card||Free bet for each race on that day|
|Non Runner No Bet||Money back for non runners|
|Existing Customer Offers||Various|
At Cheltenham, particularly the Championship races, you'll see a lot of 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 Benie Des Dieux in the Mares Hurdle, Envoi Allen in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, Tiger Roll in the Cross Country Chase and Paisley Park in the Stayers Hurdle.
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.
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.
Useful Cheltenham Festival Links
Below are a selection of links to help you navigate around all of our Cheltenham content:
Cheltenham 2020 Races
|Day 1 (Tuesday 10th March)||Race||Distance||Type|
|13:30||Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race||2m 1/2f||Hurdle|
|14:10||Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase||2m||Chase|
|14:50||Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase||3m 1/2f||Chase|
|15:30||The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||2m 1/2f||Hurdle|
|16:10||The Mares’ Hurdle Race||2m 4f||Hurdle|
|16:50||The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase||2m abt 4½f||Chase|
|17:30||The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)||Abt 4m||Chase|
|Day Two (Wednesday 11th March)||Race||Distance||Type|
|13:30||The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race||2m 5f||Hurdle|
|14:10||The RSA Insurance Novices' Steeple Chase||3m 1/2f||Chase|
|14:50||Coral Cup Hurdle||2m 5f||Hurdle|
|15:30||Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase||2m||Chase|
|16:10||Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase||3m 6f||Chase|
|16:50||The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race||2m 1/2f||Hurdle|
|17:30||Weatherbys Champion Bumper||2m 1/2f||Bumper|
|Day Three (Thursday 12th March)||Race||Distance||Type|
|13:30||The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)||2m 4f||Chase|
|14:10||Pertemps Network Final||Abt 3m||Hurdle|
|14:50||Ryanair Steeple Chase||2m 5f||Chase|
|15:30||The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle||3m||Hurdle|
|16:10||Brown Advisory & Marriebelle Stable Plate||3m 5f||Chase|
|16:50||Trull House Stud Mares Novices' Hurdle||2m 1f||Hurdle|
|17:30||Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase||3m 2f||Chase|
|Day Four (Friday 13th March)||Race||Distance||Type|
|13:30||JCB Triumph Hurdle||2m 139y||Hurdle|
|14:10||The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race||2m 179y||Hurdle|
|14:50||Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race||2m 7f 213y||Hurdle|
|15:30||The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase||3m 2f 70y||Chase|
|16:10||St. James's Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup||3m 2f 70y||Chase|
|16:50||Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase||2m 62y||Chase|
|17:30||Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle||2m 4f 56y||Hurdle|
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