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Cheltenham Racecourse: A full house watches the runners make their way to the start

 

The Cheltenham Festival is the showpiece of the National Hunt racing calendar and is held every March at Cheltenham Racecourse in the breathtaking Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire. The Festival meeting is the pinnacle for National Hunt owners and trainers and preparations of hundreds of horses are focussed on making it to Cheltenham and hitting peak form in the hope of a cherished Festival win.

Prize money at the four-day Cheltenham Festival meeting exceeds £3.5 million and many of the 26 races have Championship status making the racing ultra-competitive. Over 30,000 spectators arrive every day of the meeting and bookmakers estimate over £600 million is bet at the racecourse over the four days.

Millions follow the action on TV, in betting shops and on the internet and the demand for new betting accounts with online bookmakers is huge in the Festival week.

Free Bets for the Cheltenham Festival

It is an easy assumption to make, but not all online bookmakers accept bets on UK horse racing and if you are looking to take advantage of the introductory free bet offers for the Cheltenham Festival meeting you should choose your online bookmaker with care. The bookmaker reviews at bestfreebets will highlight any bookmaker not able to accept bets on UK horse racing, but since only the best online bookmakers are featured on the site, they will be few.

Competition between online bookmakers ramps up to a different level during Cheltenham Festival week and it is quite common for bookmakers to raise their free bet offers to new customers who register during the Festival. Bestfreebets monitors all the free bet offers and you can be assured that we will keep you up to date with all the best free bet offers and special free bet promotions during the Cheltenham Festival meeting.

Betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival

With so many free bet offers available during the Cheltenham Festival and many being offered at an all-year high it makes sense to open a number of online betting accounts and use the free bets to boost your winnings. Look at the conditions of the best free Cheltenham Festival bets that are required by bookmakers and ensure you understand how much of your own money you need to risk. The best free bets will either match your first bet stake to effectively double your winnings or award you a free bet to the same stake to give you a second bet for free. Free bets with rollover requirements may appear less attractive at first, but if you intend placing a bet on each race (as is often the case at the Cheltenham Festival) then they could be well worth looking at more closely.

Look out for ‘insurance’ or ‘consolation’ free bet promotions. Irish bookmakers Paddy Power and Boylesports regularly give free bets if your horse finishes second or has a mishap at the last fence and will almost certainly continue to do so for the Cheltenham Festival. But, for the most prestigious National Hunt meeting in the racing calendar, other online bookmakers will compete with similar offers or an alternative offer.

Online bookmakers’ websites will abound with Chelteham Festival promotions such as enhanced place terms and free bet bonuses, bestfreebets will bring you news of all the latest offers and promotions so you needn’t miss out.

 

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