The first-time chasing defeat of Thistlecrack and the confirmed defection of Annie Power from any Cheltenham Festival races has seen the ante-post betting markets on the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup receive a dramatic shake-up.
This Cheltenham Festival news, which came exactly 45 days before the Festival gets underway, has sparked renewed interest in the antepost Cheltenham betting lists, seen fresh markets created and new offers introduced.
Probably the best of all the new Cheltenham offers is ‘Bet on Brazil’s’ 33/1 enhanced odds about Altior to win the Arkle. Last season’s Supreme Novice Hurdle winner, who is attempting to become Nicky Henderson’s sixth Arkle winner, is generally a 4/5 shot for this novice chase raced on the opening day of the Festival. £1 may be Bet on Brazil’s maximum bet at the ‘double-carpet’ price but it still looks like the proverbial ‘bet to nothing’.
Meanwhile William Hill are running a ‘High 5’ offer which can and will boost winnings of all bets placed on races broadcast on the new ITV Racing. This will, of course, include the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.
Applicable to win bets only, if your horse wins by five lengths or more William Hill will give you a 25% boost on your winnings as a free bet. Better yet, should it finish second you will receive your stakes back, also as a free bet. Considering it costs nothing, the William Hill ‘High 5’ offer makes placing win bets elsewhere extremely hard to justify.
Betfair, who continue to give new customers who place a £10 bet £30 in free bets, have opened up two new interesting Cheltenham Festival betting markets. One is in regards to the biggest priced winner during the Festival week. Based on official SP’s they offer 20/21 about ‘exactly 33/1’, 20/21 about less than 33/1 and 14/5 about 40/1 and greater.
On the Betfair Exchange (where new Exchange customers can receive a free £30 bet) 23/20 is now available about Irish trainer Willie Mullins saddling more than seven winners.
Of course come race days many will be putting the ‘Mullin’s Hotpots’ into multiple bets and the best place to do that has to be at Totesport. They are adding a bonus on successful Yankees, Canadian’s and Heinz bets. The four, five and six selection bets are subject to a 10%, 20% and even 25% bonus should all your selections prevail.
Shopping around and utilizing these generous Cheltenham betting offers into your portfolio can make a real difference to your overall betting profits.