Horse racing and betting are intrinsically linked, so having a wager on the biggest meetings and events is natural for many sports fans.
The Grand National is one of the top betting events of the year, while horse racing purists love nothing more than tuning in to a big race at the Cheltenham Festival.
Here is the ultimate freebets.co.uk guide to betting on horse racing – and claiming free bets.
October brings the start of the jumps season in the UK & Ireland and we have two big meetings to kick us off this month.
The traditional weekend opener at Chepstow goes ahead on October 9 & 10, with the Silver Trophy and a usually informative Novice Chase headlining the Saturday card.
October 23 & 24 sees the return of Cheltenham, with their first meeting of the new season taking place.
On the flat, October 17 is a date for the diary, this is when Ascot Champions Day takes place.
A week later we have the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, one of the biggest two year old races of the season and a place where we often see next year’s classic contenders.
With so many races to pick from, getting horse racing free bets can let sports fans have a slice of the action on more events throughout the year.
Bookmakers routinely make horse racing free bets available to new customers, but if you already have an account on a particular site you will unfortunately not be able to get them.
For new users, it is a case of simply signing up for an account – find our list of the best bookmakers here – then making a deposit and placing any necessary qualifying wagers.
Once these steps have been followed, bookmakers will automatically credit the free bets.
Anyone familiar with horse racing betting with bookmakers will already be familiar with how to read the form, which is the most important factor to think about when placing wagers on the sport.
The form shows which horses have been running well of late, as well as giving an indication over which horses should be avoided when it comes to betting on a big race.
The state of the ground must be taken into account as well, with the weather always one of the most important things to think about when betting on horse racing.
Some horses thrive when the ground is soft but others will struggle to make up time in a race if the surface is not firm, so sometimes it is best to leave horse racing bets as late as possible.
Freebets.co.uk has picked out the most exciting domestic horse racing meetings of the year:
International horse racing betting is popular too, so consider a wager on some of these events:
Horse racing betting is usually quite straightforward, but there are a few tempting options available at the bookmakers for those who do not just want to bet on which horse crosses the line first.
For races expected to be dominated by one particular horse, more value can be found from a bet on the length of the victory, or it is possible to forecast the first three horses instead.
For major meetings like the Cheltenham Festival, horse racing fans can place bets on which jockeys and trainers will be able to record the most wins over the course of the event.