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.
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 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!
Best Free Bets and Betting Offers for the Cheltenham Festival 2018
Here we detail some of the best free bets and bonuses available to new customers of the best bookies around:
- Coral – Bet £5, Get £20 in free bets (4x £5 free bets) – new customers only, see Coral site for full terms and conditions
- Ladbrokes – £50 Free Bet to new customers who join and place a £50 bet on any race
- BetVictor – Bet £10, Get £40 – Join BetVictor and bet a tenner and you’ll be given both £30 in sports free bets and a £10 bonus to use on their online casino!
Top Existing Customer Offers
- Bet365 – Non Runner No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed on ALL Cheltenham Festival 2018 races – new and eligible customers only.
- Paddy Power – Non Runner No Bet on ALL Cheltenham Festival races in 2018!
- William Hill – Non Runner Insurance on ALL Cheltenham Festival races, whereby if you place a bet and your horse doesn’t run you’ll be given a refund of your stake!
- Betfair – Betfair are also Non Runner No Bet on feature race each day AND the Ryanair Chase!
- 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 (selected races)!
- 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!
NB – Ts and Cs apply to all offers, see sites for details. All offers 18+, Please 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 aged 18+, please gamble responsibly.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Offers: offers to follow in early 2018
Look below for more details of the biggest offers or go straight to the betting sites to claim them!
Bet365 are offering new and eligible customers Non Runner No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed on ALL Cheltenham Festival 2018 races!
This means that if you place an early bet on the Cheltenham Festival, you are protected twice over:
- If your horse is a non runner, you’ll get a refund on your bet
- If the horse you back runs at higher starting odds than the odds you took, you’ll be paid out at the higher price if it wins
Note that Terms & Conditions Apply, including that customers must be 18+, Please Gamble Responsibly.
New customers to William Hill can claim the excellent Bet £10, Get £30 in Free Bets offer. But that’s not all…
The bookie, one of the oldest in the business is also offering Non Runner Insurance on ALL Cheltenham Festival 2018 races, so if you back a horse who pulls out of the Festival, you’ll get your stake back (T&C Apply).
And racing fans are in for an even better deal: the William Hill High 5 promotion means that if you back a horse that wins by five lengths or more, you’ll be given a 15% bonus on top of your winnings!
Note that Terms & Conditions Apply, including that customers must be 18+, Please Gamble Responsibly.
RaceBets offer new customers the chance to earn a free bet of up to £50 and also to be entered into a prize draw to win two VIP tickets to the opening day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
To get involved, simply join the bookie before 25th Feburary 2018 and place a bet of at least £10 (using promo code WELCOME). You’ll be given a 100% matched free bet of up to £50 plus you’ll be entered into the prize draw that takes place on 26th February 2018.
As well as entrance to the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 13th March 2018, the winners will also get a £10 free bet for each race, a four course set lunch, other refreshments and an official race card. So if you fancy heading to the Festival, get over to RaceBets today.
Note that T&C Apply, 18+, Please Gamble Responsibly.
New customers to Ladbrokes can claim a 100% matched free bet of up to £50 (minimum odds of 1/2 apply to qualifying bet). They also offer Best Odds Guaranteed on all races, meaning you never lose out if you take the early price and the odds drift.
They are also offering Non Runner No Bet on the four championship races plus the Ryanair Chase, so if you get an early bet on and your horse doesn’t run, they’ll refund your stake.
Please see the Ladbrokes site for the full terms and conditions of the offers.
Cheltenham Festival 2018 News and Betting Tips
Only just over a month to go now until the greatest show on turf, and with most of the key trials having now been run, as well as the potentially informative Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown, here we review how the Championship contests are shaping up, and also take a look at a few of the other highlights of what is sure to be a fabulous four days yet again.
Tuesday 13th March: Champion Day
Bird To Fly In Opener or Does Harry’s Cap Fit?
The opening race of the Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, looks to be building up into a classic Britain versus Ireland clash, as it is the unbeaten hurdlers, Getabird, and If The Cap Fits who look to boast the strongest credentials – assuming of course Samcro, “the wonder horse” doesn’t take up this option.
Getabird (5/2 with 888sport) looked mightily impressive when romping away with the Moscow Flyer Hurdle at Punchestown, but then so too did Harry Fry’s, If The Cap Fits (8/1 with Betfair) when cantering home from Diese Des Bieffes last time out.
Buveur Looking Bombproof In Day One Feature
With each passing week, it begins to look more and more likely that this years Champion Hurdle may prove something of a stroll in the park for defending Champion Buveur D’air. The Nicky Henderson star may not have been quite at his scintillating best when wining the Contenders Hurdle in his latest outing, but he never really looked in any serious danger. With Faugheen being beaten in the Irish Champion, It’s beginning to look difficult to see where the threat to Buveur D’air will come from.
One who did more to advance his claims than most was the runner up in the Contenders Hurdle, the Evan Williams runner John Constable. True he may have been flattered to finish as close as he did that day, but this horse is fully expected to improve markedly when encountering the better ground in the spring and looks one of the more appealing each way options for the race at 50/1 with Betfair.
Wednesday 14th March: Ladies Day
RSA Chase Hotting Up
The main contenders are beginning to stack up now for this year’s RSA Chase. Presenting Percy’s 11 length romp in a handicap chase off a mark of 145, quickly followed up by an easy success in a Grade 2 Hurdle, sees Last season’s Pertemps Network Final winner head the betting at 7/2 with BetVictor.
The Irish challenge in this contest looks like being bolstered by the Henry De Bromhead runner Monalee (6/1 with Coral) who bounced back from a nasty fall to land the Flogas Novice Chase in determined fashion. Similar comments apply to Neil Mulholland’s Fountains Windfall (7/1 with Bet365), back to back falls don’t seem to have dented this one’s confidence too much judging by his excellent display at Kempton in January.
Altior Comeback Imminent as Min Lies In Wait In Champion Chase
Only five weeks to go until it all kicks off now, and we still haven’t seen either Altior or Douvan at the track this season, and yet the pair still occupy two of the top four positions in the market. It seems unlikely we will see Douvan before the big day, if he makes it all. We may have a good idea as to Altior’s wellbeing though, with the winner of the Supreme Novice Hurdle and Arkle Chase at the last two festivals due to line up in the Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury this weekend.
Politologue (5/1 with Betfair) is the best of the British runners we have seen at the track this season, following wins in the Tingle Creek and Desert Orchid Chase, whilst Min (5/2 with Ladbrokes) delivered an excellent performance in the Coral Dublin Chase, suggesting he may prove a more than able deputy should his half-brother – and fellow Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci runner – Douvan, not make the line-up.
Thursday 15th March: St Patrick’s Thursday
Sundae The Main Threat To Spinner In Thursday Feature
Supasundae certainly looks an improved performer this year, and his second to Apple’s Jade over three miles at Leopardstown would put him right in the mix for this year’s Stayers Hurdle, with his verdict over Faugheen in the Irish Champion Hurdle being another excellent effort. We also know he likes it around Cheltenham with the Anne and Alan Potts Limited runner having added to the Harrington bonanza when claiming the Coral Cup last year.
With the exception of our idea of the winner, Sam Spinner – who landed Ascot’s Long Walk Hurdle with relative ease – there haven’t been many really eye-catching runs in regard to this race.
Yanworth (10/1 with BetVictor) would be an interesting one if reverting back to hurdles having seen off Supasundae over this trip in the Liverpool Hurdle last year, whilst Warren Greatrex’s La Bague Au Roi (16/1 with Betvictor) certainly looks worth a shot at the race having won her past four starts in Mare’s company in seriously impressive style. She may yet stick to the easier Mare’s route, but wouldn’t be out of place here in receipt of the weight allowance.
Maria’s Injury A Benefit To Mullins?
There are no doubt plenty of punters holding an ante-post ticker for Maria’a Benefit to land the Trull House Mares Novices Hurdle, with the Struart Edmunds runner having recently completed a five-timer at Doncaster.
They may however be a little worried this week as reports from the camp suggest the six year old may have picked up an injury. An x-ray later in the week will reveal more.
The main beneficiary should Maria’s Benefit miss out seems likely to be the Willie Mullins runner, Laurina. Mullins has taken each of the two running’s of this to date and the manner in which this one smashed subsequent Dublin Racing Festival winner Alletrix, suggest he may have every chance of making it a perfect three from three. Laurina is a solid 5/4 favourite for the race with BetVictor.
Friday 16th March: Gold Cup Day
Can Shakira Pass The Adjudicator Test?
Nicky Henderson’s, Apple’s Shaikira has been both the talking and the form horse for the Triumph Hurdle for a while, and further cemented her claims with an eight length win in the Triumph Trial at this track at the back end of January. That’s three starts and three wins for Apple’s Shakira now – with all three coming at Cheltenham. She’s the 3/1 market leader with 888sport.
We do have a new player towards the head of the market for this race though, in the form of the Willie Mullins runner, Mr Adjudicator. Two from two since joining Mullins in December, he lowered the colours of the highly regarded Espoir D’allen and Farclas last time out, seeing his price for this contract from 20/1 to 7/1 with Bet365.
Bight Still Best In Open Gold Cup?
Might Bite’s win in the King George was hardly jaw-dropping at the time, and it wouldn’t have been at all surprising if something else had emerged in the races since Boxing Day to threaten his status as favourite. That however has not been the case.
Bristol De Mai has regressed since his stellar Betfair Chase run; defending champ, Sizing John was miles below his best in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase; and last year’s runner up, Minella Rocco was beaten long before falling at the last in the Irish Gold Cup. It is last years RSA Chase winner, Might Bite, who therefore continues to head the market at 3/1 with Bet365.
Those who have at least had a positive build up to the contest include Christmas Chase winner – and previous Cheltenham Festival scorer – Road To Respect (10/1 with Ladbrokes), and the JP McManus pair of the highly touted, Coney Island (10/1 with Coral), and miraculous Irish Gold Cup winner Edwulf (25/1 with Coral).
From this side of the Irish Sea, Brian Ellison’s Definitly Red (16/1 with Betfair) has done nothing wrong and won the Cotswold Chase in the style of a good horse last time out.
Our two for the shortlist would be 2017 third Native River, who has been deliberately kept fresh for this, and the talented Killultagh Vic from the Willie Mullins yard, who looked all set to land the Irish Gold Cup only to crash out at the final flight.
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!).
Coral - Bet £5, Get £20 (new customers) plus earn £10 in Free Bets for each day of Festival (all customers) + Fallers Insurance
Coral are known for their enhanced odds offers, but they have a couple of great offers for NEW AND EXISTING CUSTOMERS alike for the Cheltenham Festival.
Firstly, new customers who join Coral and bet £5 will be given £20 in free bets (4x £5 free bets)
Also, Coral will refund your stake as a free bet of up to £25 if your horse falls in ANY race at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017.
So if you haven’t already joined Coral, claim their Bet £5, Get £20 in Free Bets offer – a top value 400% matched free bet offer! See Coral site for the terms of all the offers.
Alternatively, you can choose to take odds of 20/1 on any of Native River, Djakadam or Sizing John instead – it’s your call!
The max bet permitted is £10 – which will bring in a tasty stash of £200 in free bets if Cue Card (the current favourite) wins the Gold Cup.
Betfair are also putting up a further £100 in free bets for customers to earn by placing further bets with them – see the Betfair site for the full terms and conditions. (New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.)
New customers who join BetVictor and bet £10 can claim a £2 free bet on EVERY RACE of the Cheltenham Festival this year! Get the full lowdown in our BetVictor Cheltenham offer post.
This is a fantastic offer, especially if you only want a small bet but on all or most of the races.
To get involved simply get over to BetVictor, register your details, opt in to the offer and place a £10 sports bet. You’ll then be credited with £14 in bonus cash for each day of the Festival, with £2 in bonus cash being linked to each and every race!
The first £14 in free bets will be credited at 17.00 GMT on Monday 13th March, with each subsequent £14 in free bets being credited at 20.00 GMT on the next three evenings, for use on the following day’s action!
- 14/1 on Native River to win the Gold Cup OR
- 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.
Fancy a massive enhanced odds race for the first race of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival? Well Betfair are giving new customers the chance to back Melon at 20/1 to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (running at 13.30 on Tuesday 14th March).
Max bet £10, winnings paid in free bets, other terms apply – see Betfair site for full details!
888sport have come up with a couple of great Cheltenham Festival offers for new customers to choose from on Day Two of the Festival:
- 5/1 on Douvan to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase OR
- 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.
The Mares’ Hurdle has been the domain of Willie Mullins almost every year. If you think he can do it again, Betfair has a great offer for you: new customers can join Betfair and claim enhanced odds of 10/1 on Limini winning the Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday 14th March 2017.
You can read all about the offer in our Betfair Limini Mares’ Hurdle Offer article, but note that the max bet allowed is £10 and that the winnings are paid in free bets.
Betfair also have a further £100 in free bets available to claim if you decide to place further real money bets with them – see the Betfair site for the full terms and conditions.