Betting Offers and Promotions for the Cheltenham Festival 2018

The Cheltenham Festival is quite simply the biggest and most exhilarating horse racing festival on the National Hunt calendar.

Coral Cheltenham Festival Free Bet Offer

Anyone with even a passing interest in horse racing will be familiar with the Festival and some of its top races – such as the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup – but for horse racing punters this four day feast of equine excellent is simply sublime.

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th March 2018 and features some truly top class races as well as all the best runners, riders and trainers. And here are the best betting offers!

2018 Cheltenham Festival Offers

NB – There will be loads in the way of offers for the 2018 Festival nearer the time, so remember to check back regularly as we’ll update this page with all the best racing betting offers! In the meantime we’ve left some of those offered for the 2017 Festival to give you an idea of what to expect this time around. Also check out our Horse Racing Betting Offers page for the latest offers and bonuses for racing punters.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers Summary

BookieOffer Summary
Coral Free Bets OfferBet £5, Get £20 PLUS money back on fallers
10Bet Welcome Bonus£400 Racing Welcome Bonus Valid from 12.00 on 13th March 2017
Bet365 £200 Bonus For New Customers£200 Bonus, NRNB on ALL races, plus 4/1 Risk Free Bet Offer
Betfair Cheltenham Festival Offers 201720/1 Djakadam to win the Gold Cup
Betfair Cheltenham Festival Offers 201720/1 Sizing John to win the Gold Cup
Ladbrokes Free Bets£50 Free Bet, Money Back offers
888sport Treble the Odds Betting Offer11/1 Death Duty to win the Albert Bartlett
Betfair Cheltenham Festival Offers 201720/1 Cue Card to win Gold Cup
888sport Treble the Odds Betting Offer14/1 Native River to win Gold Cup
BetVictor Free BetsBet £10, Get £2 Free Bet for Every Race
*Betting Offers, Free Bets & Bonuses carry terms and conditions including wagering requirements. See each betting site for full details. Gamble Responsibly.

Top Cheltenham Festival Offers Summary

Here are the main offers for day one of the Festival – please see the bookie site in question for the full terms and conditions. Enhanced odds winnings paid in free bets, most offers valid for new customers only.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Offers: 

Betfair (new customers): choose any of these horses to back at 20/1 – max bet £10, winnings paid in free bets: 

  1. Back Native River at 20/1
  2. Back Cue Card at 20/1
  3. Back Djakadam at 20/1
  4. Back Sizing John at 20/1

888sport – back Native River at 14/1 (£10 max bet, winnings paid in free bets)

Look below for more details of the biggest offers or go straight to the betting sites to claim them!

  • 10Bet £400 in Free Bets Cheltenham Festival Betting Offer

    10Bet are really upping the ante for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival: they are offering new customers the chance to claim up to £400 in bonuses when they join the bookie! Note that this offer only goes live at 12.00 (midday) GMT on Monday 13th March 2017 (there’s £200 bonus offer in place prior to that).

    USe offer code CHEL1 when making first deposit – offer runs from 12.00 (UK time) on Monday 13th March 2017 to 23.59 (UK time) on Friday 17th March 2017.

    Note only can you claim up to £400 – in the form of 4x 100% bonuses, each up to £100 – when you join 10Bet, but they will also throw in an extra £5 free bet every time your horse is 2nd to a Ruby Walsh runner!

    See the 10Bet site for the full terms and conditions of the offer (or read our 10Bet £400 in Bonuses article). Also check out our 10Bet Cheltenham Festival Offers article for details of their other Festival promos.

  • New customers to Bet365 can claim a 100% matched bonus of up to £200 when they join!

    Bet365’s 4/1 racing offer is one of the best in the business as it gives you the chance of earning an endless stream of risk free bets! They are also offering Non Runner No Bet on ALL Cheltenham Festival races in 2017!

    To get involved simply back a winner at odds of 4/1 or greater (okay, not always that simple!) on any race that is televised live on ITV or ITV  4 (as almost all the Festival races are) and you will be given a risk free bet to the same value as your stake (up to a maximum of £50) to use on the next race!

    If you back a winner at 4/1 or greater in the last televised race of the day, you’ll be given a free bet to use on the first televised race of the next day.

    With loads of potential winners set to start at odds of least 4/1 at the Cheltenham Festival, this is an offer that is simply too good to ignore!

    And if you don’t already have a betting account with Bet365, you will also be in line for an initial welcome bonus to £200! Get involved.

  • Ladbrokes Willie Mullins Money Back Cheltenham Offer

    New customers to Ladbrokes can claim a 100% matched free bet of up to £50 (minimum odds of 1/2 apply to qualifying bet).

    Not only that, the bookie are offering to refund your stake as a free bet of up to £25 if a Willie Mullins-trained horse wins the race you’ve bet on. The offer will apply to a different race on each day of the Festival – see the promotions section of the Ladbrokes site for details!

    Please see the Ladbrokes site for the full terms and conditions of the offers.

  • 888sport 14/1 Native River to win Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017
    888sport have come up with a couple of great Cheltenham Festival offers for new customers to choose from for the final day of the Festival:

    1. 14/1 on Native River to win the Gold Cup OR
    2. 11/1 on Death Duty to win the Albert Bartlett

    Both races are far from foregone conclusions, but either of these offers represents exceptional value, so take your pick!

    Whichever you opt for, note that the minimum bet is £5 and the maximum bet is £10 – the winnings are paid out in free bets, and £140 in free bets for Native River to win the Gold Cup looks good to us.

    Check out the full terms and conditions of the offer at the 888sport website.

Best Free Bets and Betting Offers for the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Here we detail some of the best free bets and bonuses available to new customers of the best bookies around:

Top Existing Customer Offers

  • Ladbrokes – Best Odds Guaranteed Plus – take the early price and if it drifts Ladbrokes will not only pay out at the higher price, they’ll give you a bonus too!
  • Bet365 – Back a winner at 4/1 and get a risk free bet in the next race to the value of your stake (max £50, UK and Irish residents only)
  • Coral – Money Back if your horse falls (awaiting confirmation but generally applies for the Cheltenham Festival)
  • RaceBets – Money Back if your horse falls at the first, gets beaten by a nose, refuses or takes wrong course
  • More racing offers will be added in due course… in the meantime, check out our Best Free Bets page!

Cheltenham – what to expect

The four Championship race are the Champion Hurdle on Day One, the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Day Two, the Stayers’ Hurdle (formerly the World Hurdle) on Day Three and, the biggest of them all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day.

However, there are of course plenty of other massive races to get excited about, notably, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the RSA Chase, the Ryanair Chase, the Triumph Hurdle and many, many more.

Here we bring you the latest Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers to help stack the odds firmly in your favour as you try to pick out some winners from this fantastic racing event. Every year the Festival seems to get more popular and that means more and more great betting offers from the top racing bookies around.

With money back offers, enhanced odds specials and free bets aplenty, check out the offers that the very best bookies in the business are bringing your way for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival! That now includes Ladbrokes’ Best Odds Guaranteed Plus which makes BOG payouts even bigger! There’s also an amazing £400 bonus at 10Bet, whilst smaller players should join Coral for the bet £5, get £20 free bet! Alternatively check out all Coral Cheltenham offers.

Latest Cheltenham News and Odds – 6 March 2017

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us, running from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th March. Here we look at the latest Festival news including the contenders for the biggest races.

Not long to go now until – what for us racing fans at least – is undoubtedly the highlight of the whole sporting year. This week we bring you news of a new player in the Champion Hurdle, another entry on the ever-expanding injury list, and the latest from the Willie Mullins yard.

Limini Enters Champion Equation

With Vautour, Faugheen, Annie Power and Min all missing from this year’s festival squadron, this hasn’t been the best of years for the successful owner Rich Ricci. He does however still have a decent team with which to go to war, headlined of course by the superstar, Douvan.

Having won the past two editions of the Champion Hurdle with Faugheen and Annie Power, he won’t want to give up the crown without a fight. The horse on whom hopes look set to rest is the mare, Limini. Rated one of Ricci’s best chances of success ahead of last year’s festival, the then five year old duly delivered by taking the Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle in eye-catching style. Her form did tail off somewhat following that display, but she put up a hugely impressive display on her recent comeback at Punchestown.

Apples Jade is a smart mare in her own right but was made to look pedestrian as Limini eased clear in the straight. On this evidence, she looks an improved performer this season, which certainly brings her into the Champion Hurdle reckoning in what is an open year. Limini is rated a 6/1 shot with Coral for the big one.

Island Joins Gree As Coney Absentee

With 2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree already featuring on a list of Cheltenham non-runners which seems to be lengthening by the day, this week saw another Coney join him on the side-lines. Going in the famous green and gold of JP McManus, Coney Island was well fancied in some quarters to hand Edward Harty a further taste of Cheltenham success.

The winner of this season’s Grade 1 Drinmore Novices’ Chase at Fairyhouse had either the RSA or JLT as his festival target, but due to a badly bruised foot, he will now sit the meeting out. Thankfully this injury seems more inconvenient than serious and we should see the six year old back before too long.

Mullins Galloping to More Cheltenham Success

The holder of the record for the most winners at a single Festival, Willie Mullins, will find life a little tougher this year following the hammer blow of losing the Gigginstown House Stud runners to other yards.

Not one to feel sorry for himself, Mullins has knuckled down with what he has, and once again looks set to have more than his fair share of runners towards the head of the betting markets. The County Carlow handler put a number of his contenders through their paces in a racecourse gallop at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Yorkhill and Royal Caviar did their work well enough, although Yorkhill looked a little rusty in the jumping department, but the star of the show for us was Gold Cup contender Djakadam, who looks to be thriving at present. Having found only one too good in each of the past two seasons, we wouldn’t begrudge him landing this year’s renewal, a race for which he’s a 9/2 shot with Betfair.

Cheltenham Festival – At A Glance

The Cheltenham Festival has been run at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham since 1911 (though the roots of the Festival go way back to 1860), and this famous meeting has witnessed some of the true legends of the sport, horses, jockeys and trainers.

The Festival is run over four days, Day One being Champion Day (featuring the Champion Hurdle); Day Two is dubbed Ladies Day, at there are is always a fine array of hats and fancy attire on show at course on this day; Day Three is all about the Luck of the Irish and is known as St Patrick’s Thursday (the Guinness will be flowing freely, to be sure!) on which the Stayers’ Hurdle is the big highlight; and finally, Gold Cup Day is the final day when the best chasers in the business battle it out for glory in the Gold Cup itself.

The list of past winners of the Gold Cup is full of legends such as Golden Miller (who won it five years in succession from 1932-36), Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star.

With a total of 13 Grade One races and a range of distances from two miles (the Arkle) right up to four (the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup) there is something for everyone to enjoy – and hopefully on which to make some nice betting profits. With lots of races containing large fields there is plenty to go at for those seeking each way value, while the feature races contain the runner whose class sets them apart from the rest.

Of course, you’ll always need a bit of luck when betting on the horses, but we hope the betting offers we’ve detailed above will at least give you a fighting chance of beating the bookies and filling your pockets! Good luck.

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day One

  • 13.30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • 14.10 – Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • 14.50 – Festival Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 15.30 – Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
  • 16.10 – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
  • 16.50 – National Hunt Steeple Chase
  • 17.30 – Novices’ Handicap Chase

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day Two

  • 13.30 – Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
  • 14.10 – RSA Chase
  • 14.50 – Coral Cup Hurdle
  • 15.30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 16.10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
  • 16.50 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 17.30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day Three

  • 13.30 – JLT Novices’ Chase
  • 14.10 – Pertemps Network Final
  • 14.50 – Ryanair Steeple Chase
  • 15.30 – Stayers’ Hurdle
  • 16.10 – Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate
  • 16.50 – Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
  • 17.30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day Four

  • 13.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 14.10 – Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle
  • 14.50 – Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle
  • 15.30 – Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 16.10 – Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 16.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
  • 17.30 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

Cheltenham Festival Offers Archive

Here are some of the best offers from the Festival THAT HAVE NOW EXPIRED to give you a taste of what to expect (or what you missed!).

  • 888sport Cheltenham Festival Day Two Enhanced Odds Offers

    888sport have come up with a couple of great Cheltenham Festival offers for new customers to choose from on Day Two of the Festival:

    1. 5/1 on Douvan to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase OR
    2. 12/1 on Might Bite to win the RSA Chase

    For us there is only one choice here: top back the mighty Douvan to extend his winning run to 15 races and to take the Champion Chase by storm! The hottest favourite of the Festival looks very capable of destroying the field, so get a piece of the action.

    Whether you opt for Douvan or Might Bite, note that the minimum bet is £5 and the maximum bet is £10 – the winnings are paid out in free bets, but £50 in free bets for Douvan could prove very handy for the rest of the week.

    Check out the full terms and conditions of the offer at the 888sport website.

  • BetOnBrazil 33/1 Altior Offer Cheltenham Festival 2017
    New bookie BetOnBrazil have come up with a fantastic enhanced odds offer for the Cheltenham Festival: 33/1 on Altior to win the Arkle! – EXPIRES 1st MARCH 2017!

    Currently priced around the 4/5 mark, last year’s Supreme Novices’ winner looks in great shape to triumph in the Arkle this time around.

    The offer is open to new BetOnBrazil customers who join the bookie, make a deposit and bet £1.00 on Altior to win the Arkle. Then if he does you’ll be paid in cash to the standard odds with the £33 extra winnings being paid in free bets!

    Alternatively, you could opt for the £50 free bets offer that is the standard welcome bonus, but you have to choose one or the other ! Our 33/1 Altior Arkle Offer article gives the full details of the offer or just go straight to BetOnBrazil to get your bet on!