Cheltenham 2018 Free Bets & Betting Offers

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Cheltenham betting is made easier with this comprehensive guide.  Get the best Cheltenham free bets and special offers, odds, expert tips, and race results, so you can maximize your experience for this huge event.

Every year, online bookmakers are keen to bring you the very best of Cheltenham betting. For new customers, there are amazing opportunities of gaining free bets through enhanced odds and other offer specials. Here is our recommended list of new customer free bets for Cheltenham 2018.

Best Cheltenham Free Bets

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

Having a bet plays a major part in the enjoyment of watching the Cheltenham Festival and while winner-finding is never going to be easy here are a few suggestions that should help in trying to make the week a profitable one:

  • ANTE-POST: In the lead up to the festival many bookmakers are going non-runner no bet on the four championship races while with Paddy Power, Betfred, Betfair, Betway, William Hill and Totesport, you can enjoy those generous terms on all 28 races. Start betting on Cheltenham today with Ante Post Non-Runner No Bet and get your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
  • SPONSORING BOOKMAKERS: A good way to pick your Cheltenham free bets is to keep an eye on those provided by the sponsoring bookmakers of some Cheltenham races. A few examples include Sky bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Coral Cup Hurdle, Betway Queen Mother Chase and more.
  • BEST ODDS GUARANTEED: Watch out for the many bookmakers offering this concession which means that if you take a price about a horse and the starting price is bigger your bet is settled at the higher odds.
  • MULTIPLE BETS – Should your luck be in this is where you could win a life-changing amount for a small stake.
  • ENHANCED PLACE TERMS – Most bookmakers will be offering 1-4 odds a place on all festival races so each-way betting can prove quite lucrative. Some of the big field handicaps will see some firms offering five or even six places as opposed to the usual four.

Cheltenham 2018 Race Odds

With Trials Day and seeing the runners performances, bookmakers will make sure to adjust their stakes accordingly. In order to make your Cheltenham betting experience easy, we provide you with up to the minute bookies odds on all races.

Cheltenham Day 1 Races

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Cheltenham Day 3 Races

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Cheltenham Day 4 Races

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We will provide you with some betting odds worth highlighting to prepare for Cheltenham free bets 2018. Here are some highlights from last year:

  • On Day One, Altior is a massive favourite at 1/3 for the Arkle Trophy chase and he looks a really special talent for Nicky Henderson.
  • Henderson also holds a strong hand as per Champion Hurdle betting odds, where Buveur D’Air (4/1) and Brain Power (8/1) both have big chances in the two mile showpiece.
  • On Day Two, it is all about the mighty Douvan (1/3) who looks certain to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase for Willie Mullins. In the RSA Chase the same day, Might Bite could be a special chaser for Nicky Henderson and is a 7/2 favourite, but watch out for Irish challenger Alpha Des Obeaux (7/1), who ran well so well here last year.
  • On Thursday, Unowhatimeanharry (11/8) is banker bet material in the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle for trainer Harry Fry and owner JP McManus, while Willie Mullins will be looking to hit the Ryanair Chase jackpot with Un De Sceaux, who looks a nice value favourite at around 7/2.
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup betting revolves around Cue Card (7/2) and Native River (4/1), both trained by Colin Tizzard and in terms of form, come from different walks of life but both have a huge chance of winning the Gold Cup in what looks to be a fascinating renewal of the Blue Riband event.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips

Here are some Cheltenham betting tips 2018 provided by Freebets.co.uk horse racing experts. Make sure to stay tuned here for more updates on runners and bookmakers prices up to and including all Cheltenham races.

Cheltenham Betting Preview – Runners

In 2017, here were some indications of how Cheltenham runners were performing. Stay updated here for updates on Cheltenham Festival 2018 betting predictions soon.

  • Yanworth – Yanworth is a big and imposing chestnut hurdler trained by Alan King who didn’t quite fire in the Cheltenham Festival last year. However, he has developed into a genuine Champion Hurdle contender this season with a string of promising wins at top level. At 4/1 he is heading the market with Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air, but Yanworth could have improvement in the locker and can give owner JP McManus another win in the Champion Hurdle.
  • Native River – Finished 2nd in the 4m National Hunt Chase here year and has done nothing but improve since for Colin Tizzard. An impressive winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup, Native River followed up with another gutsy and grinding but top quality performance when winning the Welsh Grand National and everything points to him putting up a massive run in the Gold Cup under his regular pilot Richard Johnson.
  • Altior – Since winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year, Altior has progressed beautifully over fences, remaining unbeaten and looking hugely impressive in the process. Last time out in the Game Spirit Chase, Altior put in an outstanding display of running and jumping to beat a good field in quite astonishing style. If he remains standing in the Arkle Trophy Chase in March, he will win in a similar fashion and rates as definite banker material for many.
  • Annie Power – is one of several horses with more than one possible target. In 2015 she fell at the final flight in the Mares Hurdle with the race at her mercy, and in 2014 she suffered the first defeat of her then 11 race career when finishing runner-up in the 3-mile World Hurdle. In 2016 she won the Champion Hurdle but with the return of Faugheen, she could easily head to the World Hurdle on Thursday. She is such a multi-talented mare and 2m and 3m come alike to her. At 8/1 she makes the most sense at this stage.
  • Vautour – is surely going to be geared toward the Gold Cup via Kempton on Boxing Day and the 4/1 on offer now could look very big come the day. Coneygree was so domineering in his style of racing during 2015, he just broke horses from the front and double figure odds about him look attractive, a performance which will surely impact Cheltenham bets for 2017.
  • Faugheen – The Champion Hurdle could go the way of favourite Faugheen, with Annie Power perhaps heading to the Ryanair Hurdle on Thursday. If there is a fly in the Champion Hurdle ointment, it could be terrific filly Apples Jade, who was imperious at Aintree back in April last season and has bags of scope to improve.
  • Douvan – Last year’s Arkle winner is a machine of a horse for Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci  and the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival is there for the taking. He is one of the classiest prospects we’ve seen for years and barring mishap it is going to be a real joy to watch Douvan perform at Cheltenham once again.

Cheltenham Racing Results

Stay tuned on our dedicated pages for each race day, and get the latest updates to bet on Cheltenham Festival as odds and offers on runners and riders will change in the run-up to each race day, and our experts will provide you with tips to pick out a big winner or two.

To help you with your next bets, see Cheltenham racing results.

What is the Cheltenham Festival?

While the Grand National is regarded as the most famous steeplechase in the world the Cheltenham Festival which comprises four days of the best National Hunt racing of the year is seen as the ‘ Olympic Games ‘ of the sport.

The best chasers and hurdlers from Britain and Ireland ( plus the occasional French / US contender ) will attempt to win one of the 28 races that comprise the meeting, including four championship contests – the Stan James Champion Hurdle ( Tuesday ), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase ( Wednesday ), Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle ( Thursday ) and Timico Gold Cup ( Friday ).

Where and When does the Action Take Place?

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival will take place between Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.

How can I Watch the Action?

For those of us unable to attend the Cheltenham Festival there are numerous ways in which we can follow everything that is happening at Prestbury Park. Terrestrial broadcaster Channel4 had a long association with coverage of the festival but that honour now goes to ITV1 who will show the first five races on each of the four days, beginning with the 1.30 race and ending with 4.10.

Live racing with Bet365 Cheltenham

Subscription channel Racing UK will cover all 28 races as will the majority of Britain’s betting shops. Most online bookmakers offer a streaming service throughout the festival for customers who have placed a bet on a particular race. Each day comprises seven races, starting at 1.30 with the final contest at 5.30.