Place your bets with Skybet on the opening race of every Cheltenham Festival day and you will benefit from an amazing concession which refunds your stakes as a free bet if your selection loses. That’s right, loses! Not falls, is not beaten into second, simply fails to win!
This is a bold move by Skybet who sponsor the Festival’s curtain raiser, the Skybet Supreme Novice Hurdle.
£/€20 is the maximum free bet refund and it applies to the first bet online customers place on the 1.30pm race on each of the Festival’s four days:
Win bets and the win part of each-way bets are only applicable to the offer which will place a free bet in your account within 24 hours of the race conclusion. Those free bets will expire if not used within 3 days, but they can be used on any Skybet sports betting market.
Do note a selection must be named, as the offer is not applicable to wagers placed on ‘unnamed favourite’ or ‘unnamed second favourite’. And this is an interesting angle as short-priced runners generally fare exceptionally well in the opening races.
In fact last year the second favourite, Altior, beat the favourite, Min, in the Skybet Supreme Novice Hurdle. The opening race on day 2, the Neptune Investment Novice Hurdle also saw a second favourite, Yorkhill, beat the favourite, Yanworth.
Day 3 in 2016 began with joint-favourites finishing first and second and the final day’s opening race was won by a favourite, Ivanovich Gorbatov.