Cheltenham Festival 2018 Free Bets and Betting Offers
Millions of pounds are gambled across the four days of the Cheltenham Festival every year and many bookmakers have lucrative Cheltenham betting offers and Cheltenham free bets available to customers at this time of year. Utilising Cheltenham Festival free bets can give punters a head start over the bookies and give bettors a better chance of making a profit at the end of the week, not an easy task across the 28 red-hot races which can feature fields of up to 20 horses, many of which will have had a race at the Festival as their main target for the season.
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Betting offers for Cheltenham aren’t just for new customers, either. With bookmakers competing for the custom of punters there are many Cheltenham free bets for existing customers as well as new customers.
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Cheltenham Betting 2018Cheltenham Day 1: Champion Day - Tuesday 13th March
The opening race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, is a fan favourite for many Cheltenham patrons and is also often a good place to start utilising free bets at the Cheltenham Festival. Some of the Cheltenham betting offers allow enhanced odds on certain horses, often favourites, allowing the customer to win big on a short-priced horse without a big outlay. Jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins have an excellent record in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, having won it with the likes of Champagne Fever, Vautour and Douvan in recent seasons, and Cheltenham free bets and offers can often centre around their runners in the race, which this year could well be Getabird, an impressive winner of a Grade 2 in Ireland in January.
The Champion Hurdle also takes place on the first day of the Festival and for many it is the highlight of Tuesday, being the first Championship race of the four days. Last year’s race was won by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur d’Air, available at odds of 5/1 on the day, and he is currently the ante-post favourite for this year’s race. Ante-post betting can yield big rewards, allowing punters to back horses months before the off and therefore secure a bigger price. However, horses like Buveur d’Air, currently odds-on to defend his title, can often be available at bigger odds on the day of the race, as bookmakers fight amongst one another to take punters’ money. This aspect combined with the various Cheltenham free bets that are widely available mean that punters stand a good chance of coming out on top.Cheltenham Day 2: Ladies Day - Wednesday 14th March
Cheltenham betting offers for existing customers can include money back offers as well as extra place terms, useful to have on your side if betting in some of the Festival handicaps such as Wednesday’s Coral Cup. The championship race of the day on day two is the Queen Mother Champion Chase which, like the Champion Hurdle, currently includes a red-hot ante-post favourite trained by Nicky Henderson. That horse in the Champion Chase is Altior, a two-time Festival winner (took the Supreme and then the Arkle last season) who should be hard to beat again.Cheltenham Day 3: St Patrick's Day - Thursday 15th March
The Stayers’ Hurdle – formerly the World Hurdle – is the main Grade 1 race on day three (Thursday) and is another good race for taking advantage of Cheltenham betting offers in 2018. The Stayers’ Hurdle is probably the weakest of the four championship races but as a result can often attract a big field, meaning that it can be a good each-way betting race. Big-field races can be good for Cheltenham betting offers for existing customers with things like enhanced place terms given by some firms.Cheltenham Day 4: Gold Cup Day - Friday 16th March
Many punters will probably use their Cheltenham free bets on the biggest race of the Festival, Friday’s Gold Cup, which is one of the biggest races of the entire horse racing calendar and the one every trainer and jockey dreams of winning. Last year’s race was won by Irish raider Sizing John, and he will attempt to defend his crown – no easy feat – at the 2018 Festival. Being the biggest race of the week, expect plenty of Cheltenham betting offers from bookmakers ahead of this year’s Gold Cup.