Boxing Day Betting Offers

Let’s be honest, Christmas is a very special time of the year:  The kids, the excitement, Santa, good food, presents and families.

But, once the menu has been reduced to turkey sandwiches, the last of the crackers have been pulled and your new slippers and dressing gown has been put in the wardrobe, it is time for some proper relaxation and sporting enjoyment.

Let us help you with our simple guide on where to find the best Boxing Day betting offers, Boxing Day racing fixtures and Boxing Day football tips.

Top Boxing Day Free Bet Offers

Boxing Day Football and Horse Racing Fixtures

Boxing Day is a veritable feast of betting opportunities, there’s more football matches staged than on even the busiest Saturday and it is also horse racing’s busiest day of the year.

There are eight UK race meetings scheduled on Boxing Day from the far south (Fontwell) to the far north (Sedgefield).  Meanwhile over in Ireland, where December 26th is called St Stephen’s Day, there’s an additional three race meetings. Furthermore greyhound tracks in both countries will be staging matinee cards.

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Boxing Day Football

There are normally eight Premier League matches on Boxing Day (as well as a plethora of Championship and lower league games).  

Getting a ticket for any one of them is nigh impossible but Boxing Day football gets it’s normal excellent coverage from Sky Sports and new-age online Sportsbooks who will be employing ‘betting experts’ to declare their Boxing Day football tips on their ‘in house’ web channels and blogs.

Boxing Day Horse Racing

Meanwhile, Boxing Day is a also very special day for National Hunt horse racing as the King George Chase is run at Kempton Park.  

The ‘King George’ is second only to the Cheltenham Gold Cup in terms of stature, and all the greats of the game have won this famous horse race: Desert Orchid (three times), Kauto Star (five times), One Man, Silviniaco Conti, and Long Run (twice apiece).  One again, this will be a sell-out with over 20,000 spectators filling the Kempton racecourse.

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Boxing Day Free Bets and Offers

Given the frenzied status of this special day online sportsbooks are fully aware their turnover will be way in excess of any normal Saturday or traditional Bank Holiday.

Therefore the bookies will be unwrapping their ‘Boxing Day Betting Offers’ as late presents for loyal customers and as a carrot to attract some new ones.

With King George televised live on ITV there will be all the traditional betting offers – such as bet365’s ‘back a 4/1 winner for a free bet’ and William Hill’s 15% bonus on horses that win by more than five lengths.

How to claim your Boxing Day Free Bets

Before you place your bets on Boxing Day you should do three things:

  • Shop around all the online bookmaking sites (or use an odds comparison site) for the best odds about your Boxing Day football tips. Some tiny adjustments to prices can make an enormous difference when totting-up a winning football accumulator.
  • On that theme make sure you visit the ‘Promotions pages’ of your online bookmakers.  Not only can you ensure yourself greater winnings when getting the best prices, you can also find great concessions which suit the type of bets you intend to place.  
  • ‘Acca Insurance’ comes to mind here.  Most online bookmakers offer it these days but some give away more for ‘near misses’ than others.  While there look out for any ‘Boxing Day Betting Offers’ which are on display.  You are sure to find some real presents here.
  • Thirdly, you are likely to find enhanced sign-up bonuses when opening a new account with an online bookmaker on Boxing Day.  Have a shop around as the January Sales starts here when it comes to free bet offers linked to new account opening.

Boxing Day Football and Horse Racing Betting Tips

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The national newspapers will all have dedicated ‘pull-out’ sections for both horse racing and football on Boxing Day.  Suffice to say they will feature ‘expert’ Boxing Day football and horse racing tips.  However, with many of these going to print on or around December 23rd, there is a strong likelihood much of the landscape has changed:  players are benched, jockey changes have been made etc.

Market movers

A little like the stock market when it re-opens after a weekend, the frenzy of bookmakers price changes will start early on Boxing Day morning and this ‘weight of money’ should most definitely be adhered to.


Here’s a theory, and the stats overwhelmingly support this, keep a look out for some shock results particularly in the lower football leagues. It is not for us to speculate why some teams under-perform on Boxing Day but a little too much Christmas dinner and one too many sherries at bedtime may have something to do with it.

Play the King George favorite

But our chief Boxing Day betting tips comes in the King George Steeplechase and it is based on a very simple science too.  

With no winner of the fabled race going off at a price bigger than 9/2 (4.50) since 2003, this is clearly a fancied runners playground.  In fact, nine of the winners during the same period went off as the favorite.  

Rarely a good policy but for this race we will make an exception by recommending any Boxing Day free bets or associated betting offers you have, plonk them on King George favorite ‘blind’.