The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most watched events in the world, especially in the UK and Ireland. Just check out our extensive betting preview for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival to get a feel for how robust the betting options can be from year to year.
And with so much attention turned to the event, especially from those looking to make a punt or two, the top online bookmakers are offering some of the biggest and best deals and promotions for punters to take advantage of. So keep reading to find all the best free bets of the Cheltenham Festival 2017:
Coral Sports, known for it's simplistic yet effective approach to online bookmaking, has decided to make their Cheltenham promotions as straight-forward as possible. Titled "Cheltenham Festival Money Back", the promotion helps out those players whose horses have either fallen, been taken down, or have jockeys that were dismounted.
If you place a single bet of £/€10+ on a race at the Cheltenham Festival and your backed-horse falls, is brought down, or the jockey comes unseated, Coral will give you your money back in the from of a free bet! Visit Coral today to sign-up and the bookmaker will also give you an additional £/€20 Free Bet to get you started!
To get a head start on building each day's bankroll, Grosvenor Sports is offering "Double the Odds. First Race. Every Day." This promotion awards punters double the odds on each day's 1st race so players can start off be earning a little extra on their initial punt for the day.
To qualify for the promotion, players must place a bet on the first race of each day starting after 6pm the day before. The bet is maxed at £/€10 but can be utilised all four days of the festival. Below is a list of 1st races of each day that qualify for the bonus:
It's tough to think about the Cheltenham of late without thinking about the Irish trainer and former jockey, Willie Mullins. Expected to be a favourite in most of his horses' races, Ladbrokes has taken a similar approach to Mullins as most bookmakers took with Tiger Woods in the 2000s, offering a market that excludes the results of a race where one of Mullins' horses wins.
Ladbrokes not only created the Mullins-less market, they also geared their Cheltenham promotions towards Mullins vs field. Coined "Mullins Money Back", this promotion features refunds in the form of Free Bets for all punters whose horses lose in a race where a Mullins-trained horse wins. So any race where the winning horse was trained by Mullins, the players who bet on any non Mullins-trained horses will get a refund in Free Bets up to £/€25!
Despite the brevity of the races at the Festival, the event itself is much more inline with a marathon than the sprint-like races the horses race. The event spans over 4 days, so punters must be prepared for a number of races scattered throughout the week. Thankfully, Betway Sports understands a each day represents a new chance to take home some cash so the bookmaker offers a promotion that resets each day.
Players who bet the Cheltenham Festival with Betway and have the misfortune of losing their first and last race of the day, will receive their initial bets back in the form of Free Bets. And this resets everyday, so players who are unlucky enough to have this happen more than one day out of the week, they can continue to benefit from the promotion!
Keeping it clean and simple, LeoVegas is offering "2 X 100% Profit Boosts" on all initial bets with the bookmaker during the Cheltenham Festival. Players who signup at LeoVegas' new online bookmaker will get their winnings doubled on their first two bets of over £/€5 each.
Overall, the Cheltenham Festival is an extraordinary opportunity for punters to really capitalise on the extensive selection of generous promotions and bonuses. Free Bets are being offered by the truck loads all across the top betting sites, so ensuring you pick the best ones is crucial to your overall success for the week. Picking any of the elite bookmakers and their promotions listed above is a great place to start!