Cheltenham Festival 2018: The offer every punter needs

| March 2, 2018

Cheltenham Festival, one of the world’s greatest racing carnivals.

We’re now within touching distance of this year’s Cheltenham Festival and as we reach the month of March punters and bookmakers are preparing themselves for a nerve-shredding four days of action. Champions will be made on the turf of Prestbury Park, profits raked in both on-course and around the world on the outcome of each race.

It’s a great time to be a punter with major bookmakers falling over themselves to impress and win your custom between Tuesday 13th and Friday 16th.

The early Cheltenham betting offers 2018 are beginning to filter through now that the markets are taking shape and one shrewd punters have been waiting for has arrived – Non-Runner Money Back. Those four words are sweet music to those in the know but all it really means is if you back a horse in the Cheltenham Festival and it doesn’t run, for whatever reason, the bookmaker will return your stake. It’ll be commonplace as we approach the off but is currently only available with a few major firms, including Coral.

So, if you rate the chances of a hot favourite but find your pick quoted in two major events over the course of the week that doesn’t mean it’ll run twice. It just means connections either haven’t decided yet in which contest to run their horse, or haven’t announced it to Joe Public. It’s a nervy business at this time of year, star trainers keeping their cards close to their chest in an attempt to get one up on rivals. Play your hand too soon and it could scare rivals off or attract bigger name opponents.

Alan Fleming’s Foxrock is a prime example. The experienced 10-year-old can be found trading at 8/1 for the Foxhunter Chase on Friday, a price that makes him third favourite with most firms, or there’s more to be had if you expect handlers to take a bit more of a risk and run him in the Cross County Chase.

Not sure which challenge he’ll take on. Non-Runner Money Back allows you to back him in both with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll get your stake returned on the race he doesn’t run in and have your bet count in the one he contests. If he does the business it’ll be win-win. But bet with the wrong firm and you’re risking lose-lose. If Non-Runner Money Back isn’t offered and Foxrock doesn’t win either race, you’ll drop your cash twice. A sure-fire way to suck the fun out of the festival – so tread carefully when placing your bets at this early stage.

It works both ways and that’s the value of antepost betting. Have your say on the winner of any leg at the festival before the final field is announced and there’s no doubt you’ll get a better price than waiting until the day. Jumping the queue leads to value more often than not.

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