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Cheltenham Festival Free Bets on Betfair: Find out what's in store for you on Gold Cup day

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Why should you bet with Betfair at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival? Read on for news of all our offers for Thursday at Prestbury Park including a free bet for every Betfair customer and a boost on a fancied Blackmore runner...

  • Head to the Sportsbook for fantastic daily offers

  • Use the Betfair Exchange for superb value

  • Follow Betfair Beacons to make quicker decisions

  • Claim your completely free racing multiple every day of the Festival!

Paul Nicholls Superboost

Bravemansgame finished runner-up in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup and he's never failed to finish in the top five over fences. You can back him now to finish in the top five in today's Gold Cup at 15:30 at the super-boosted price of 2/13.00.

Back Bravemansgame to finish Top 5 in 15:30 @ 2/13.00

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Friday free bet offers and more from Betfair

COMPLETELY FREE racing multiple

Betfair have a bundle of offers for customers playing on day three of the Festival as we roll into Gold Cup day.

Our headline is a free bet for everyone to use on Cheltenham multiples each day of the Festival this week, but we have a host of promotions to choose from. Here is the rest of the lowdown.

Extra places

We have a big field for the County Hurdle (14:10) and each-way bettors just have to get one of the first five home to get a return on their money.

That is one of three Friday races where we are paying extra places on the Betfair Sportsbook.

In the Albert Bartlett (14:50), the and Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (17:30), bettors will enjoy four and five places respectively on their each-way plays. Get stuck into that formbook now or follow one of our tipsters, like Tony Calvin or Daryl Carter, who have their best bets ready for you on Friday.

Oddsboosts and Superboosts

Alongside the Paul Nicholls Superboost, we also have loads of Oddsboosts and Lengthen Your Odds boosts on some of the prominent horses on Friday's card. Check the Sportsbook for the pick of our day one promos.

The greatest show on turf

The Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the biggest and most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt calendar.

Taking place over four days from Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March, it brings together the very best racehorses from Britain and Ireland, competing in a number of championship, graded and ultra competitive handicap races.

Drama is guaranteed. Odds-on favourites will saunter to success and big-price outsiders will upset the odds and perhaps most importantly to punters, we will enjoy vibrant and extremely volatile betting markets.

At Betfair we believe that we're the only bookmaker you should bet with thanks to the best products in the betting world - our Exchange and Sportsbook. Punters love the unrivalled value on the Exchange, as well as tools to help you make quicker betting decisions, alongside an array of incredible daily offers on the Sportsbook.

Betfair Sportsbook provides fantastic offers

Betfair are gearing up to provide customers with their widest range of Sportsbook offers ever at this year's Cheltenham Festival, meaning that you never have to go a single day during the meeting without have some sort of wager, or having the odds stacked firmly in your favour.

Completely FREE bet on racing multiples

Available every day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Betfair Sportsbook is offering new and existing customers a completely free bet on racing multiples.

That's right, you can enjoy one free bet on each of the four days completely free!

You must opt-in to be eligible for this offer, and the full details, including dates and times when each daily offer becomes available, can be found here.

Betfair Ambassador offers and Superboosts

The Betfair Sportsbook will also be supporting our Racing Ambassadors, Paul Nicholls and Rachael Blackmore, during the Cheltenham Festival by offering daily boosted prices for their runners and rides.

Tune in each day to see where our generosity will go.

Extra Place(s) races

For those of you who love to back horses each-way, then you'll be delighted to know that the Betfair Sportsbook will be offering extra places on loads of races during the Cheltenham Festival.

So instead of the industry-standard each-way terms of three places in an eight runner race, we may choose to pay out on four places.

And when it comes to the big-field handicaps you'll be in clover. Instead of offering four places for each-way bets on races that has at least 16 runners, don't be surprised if the Betfair Sportsbook goes five, six or even seven places in some of these ultra-competitive events.

Just go to the Horse Racing section on the Betfair Sportsbook on each of the four days of racing, and you'll easily see which races we are offering extra places on.

Personalised offers on both platforms

Both the Betfair Sportsbook and Betfair Exchange will be offering punters personalised offers each day during the Cheltenham Festival.

You will have to log in each day and see what's waiting for you.

A sign-up offer for you

New Betfair customers can get £20 in free bets when they bet £5, click here for more details on this great sign-up offer.

Betfair Exchange offers superb value

If it's the best prices that you're after then the Betfair Exchange is the place for you.

Because you're betting directly against another customer, and not Betfair the bookmaker, you almost always get a better price on the Exchange win market than you will on a Sportsbook market.

And if it's long-shots that you like to back then the Betfair Exchange is even more appealing because of the huge odds on offer which you can back with from as little as £1.

Gold Cup day at last year's Cheltenham Festival offers two perfect examples of the above. Firstly, County Hurdle winner Faivoir returned an Industry Starting Price (ISP) of 33/134.00. He was available to back at in excess of 60.059/1 on the Exchange moments before the race.

And secondly, Premier Magic won the Hunters' Chase at an ISP of 66/167.00. He returned a Betfair Starting Price on the Exchange of 110.0109/1!

The Betfair Exchange is also hugely popular because you're allowed to lay horses (back them NOT to win) and trade horses In-Play, meaning you can back a horse before the off, and lock in profits during the race should your horse trade at a much shorter price.

Beacons help you make quicker decisions

Betfair have made it easier for horse racing customers to keep track of price moves on the Betfair Exchange, meaning you'll instantly be able to see which horses are shortening in price, and which are drifting, on all 28 Cheltenham Festival races.

The Betfair Beacons are here to light up a more efficient era where price movement is visible immediately.

A flames Beacon will show for horses that are popular in the market and are shortening. Horses that are not popular in the market that are drifting will be marked by a snowflake (see image below).


Betfair Beacons will not provide any information that isn't already available, but they mean you will no longer need to click into runners and check price graphs to see which horses are being backed and which ones are drifting as that information is shown automatically via the fire and ice.

They will indicate which horses are attracting money in the market and which ones aren't, allowing you to make quicker and better betting choices during the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

Now find the best bets for each race on our Cheltenham Festival HUB!

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