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  • Min deposit £10 with promo code: GET40 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 using Bet Builder • Min odds 2/1 (3.0) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement, expire after 3 days and valid for football markets only • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & full T&C’s apply. T&Cs apply
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  • *New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from acceptance (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. 18+ T&Cs apply
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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.

Cheltenham Festival, the highlight of the jumps racing calendar, is almost upon us. The action gets underway from Tuesday 15th 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.

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 2022 Races

Day 1 (Tuesday 15th March)RaceDistanceType
13:30Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race2m 1/2fHurdle
14:10Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase2mChase
14:50Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase3m 1/2fChase
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy2m 1/2fHurdle
16:10The Mares’ Hurdle Race2m 4fHurdle
16:50The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase2m abt 4½fChase
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)Abt 4mChase
Day Two (Wednesday 16th March)RaceDistanceType
13:30The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race2m 5fHurdle
14:10The Brown Advisory Novices' Steeple Chase 3m 1/2fChase
14:50Coral Cup Hurdle2m 5fHurdle
15:30Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase2mChase
16:10Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race2m 1/2fHurdle
17:30Weatherbys Champion Bumper2m 1/2fBumper
Day Three (Thursday 17th March)RaceDistanceType
13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m 4fChase
14:10Pertemps Network FinalAbt 3mHurdle
14:50Ryanair Steeple Chase2m 5fChase
15:30The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle3mHurdle
16:10Brown Advisory & Marriebelle Stable Plate3m 5fChase
16:50Trull House Stud Mares Novices' Hurdle2m 1fHurdle
17:30Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase3m 2fChase
Day Four (Friday 18th March)RaceDistanceType
13:30JCB Triumph Hurdle2m 139yHurdle
14:10The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race2m 179yHurdle
14:50Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race2m 7f 213yHurdle
15:30The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase3m 2f 70yChase
16:10St. James's Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup3m 2f 70yChase
16:50Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase2m 62yChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m 4f 56yHurdle
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