Horse Racing Free Bets

Horse racing is still one of the most popular betting sports. In betting shops it takes 50% more betting revenue than football and twice as much as greyhound racing. And, online, sports betting generates as much in revenues as Casinos, Poker and Bingo combined.

So it is no wonder online bookmakers want and need to keep their horse racing customers satisfied and, if they are not finding winners, what better way to do this than giving them a free horse racing bet or two.

Top Horse Racing Free Bets

  • Betfred Free Bets Bet on the Irish Derby Horse Races with Betfred £30
    Only available to new customers from UK & Northern Ireland. You must stake £10 or more on a Sportsbook market at single/cumulative odds of Evens (2.0) or greater on your first bet. Offer not available to customers registering on 14/04/2018. E-Wallet restrictions apply. will credit your account with a free bet of £30 within 48 hours of your first bet settled, awarded in the currency that your account is held in. Free Bet will expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.
  • Paddy Power - The Irish Derby Free Bets Bet on The Irish Derby and Claim Free Bets £30
    Place a bet of up to 10 on 16:20 Royal Ascot on Wednesday, and get your stake back as a free bet if Cracksman wins race. Applies to the win market and win part of each way bets only.
  • Coral Free Bets Diverse Horse Racing Offers and Bonuses from Coral £30
    Minimum Deposit and Stake £10. Free Bets Credited as 3x£10. Free Bet Stake Not Returned. Free Bet Valid For 4 Days. 18+. Terms and Conditions Apply
  • Bet365 Free Bets Claim your Bet Credits for Horse Racing with Bet365 £100
    New customers only. Min deposit £5 or more. 100% matched as Bet Credits up to £100. Bet Credits are non-withdrawable. Offer needs to be claimed within 30 days of registration. Min odds to release Bet Credits is 1/5. Payment method exclusions apply. UK & ROI residents only. T&Cs Apply.
  • Ladbrokes - The Irish Derby Free Bets Bet on the Irish Derby and grab some Free Bets £50
    18+. New UK+IRE players only. Time limited. Use "ASCOT". Certain deposit types and cash out excluded. Min deposit £5. First bet £1. Winning bets paid in cash at normal price. Enhanced odds paid in £5 free bets credited within 24 hours, valid for 4 days, stake not returned. Losing £5 free bet excludes Grid customers. T&Cs Apply.

Make no mistake, horse racing free bets are not just awarded to customers who are on a losing streak. They are given as consolation prizes and, most notably, as an incentive for new customers.

Horse Racing Free Bets – Choose the most suitable bet for you

Horse racing free bets differ from regular ‘paid on’ bets in two ways.

Firstly there is no risk involved with a free bet. If your selection loses you will not be financially worse off in any way.

Secondly if your selection wins your return will be net of stakes. Therein a £10 free bet on a 3/1 winner will see £30 returned to your account in cash.

Popular Horse Racing Free Bets

As with horse racing in general, the most popular type of bet is a win bet. The good old fashioned wager on one horse, requiring it to win (or be placed if you backed it each-way).

But this does not mean win bets are the only option available to punters who have been given a free bet courtesy of a new customer account offer or loyalty bonus. Doubles, trebles and multiple bets like the ever-popular Yankee can be placed too.

In fact, with the exception of wagers that go into the tote pools (Placepots, Tote Exactas etc) there is no kind of bet you cannot use a horse racing free bet for.

Suffice to say the more ambitious may chance their arm with something like a Tricast which can give tremendous returns for small stakes.

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Horse Racing Upcoming Events

The Epsom Derby 2018

Ask the man in the street to name a famous horserace and the two most popular answers are guaranteed to be the Grand National and Derby. However, the two races are as different as chalk and cheese – the former a wide-open 40-runner handicap chase run over more than 4m while the latter is all about class and speed. Run over a mile and a half at Epsom the Derby dates back to 1780 and features some of the most regally-bred thoroughbreds in the world.

Whichever horse prevails on the first Saturday in June will automatically have a value well into the millions. Usually won by the first or second favourite the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien has dominated the race in recent years and is represented by short priced market leader Saxon Warrior in 2018.

Get Ready for Grand National 2018

The 2018 Grand National is almost here! The big race will take place on Saturday 14th April at 5.15pm at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. This gruelling race is run over a marathon distance of 4 miles and 2 furlong and takes in 30 unique fences.

The Grand National is probably the most famous horse race in the world and is watched live by over 600 million people in over 140 countries. It’s the race that everyone wants to win – owners, trainers, jockeys and punters alike.

You can now safely bet on the Grand National as most of the big online bookmakers are offering NRNB (Non Runner No Bet) so your stakes will be refunded in cash should your horse not run on the day. There is a maximum field size of 40 runners.

The current favourite is Blaklion who finished 4th last year and is currently trading at around 10/1 in the Grand National betting odds. He has shown a liking for the National fences when winning the Becher Chase back in December.

Other fancied Grand National runners this year include Total Recall, The Last Samuri and Anibale Fly.  Keep an eye out on for all the latest Grand National news and betting offers.

Cheltenham Festival 2018

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us!  The 4-day Cheltenham betting extravaganza gets underway on Tuesday 13th March with 7 races each day (first race 1.30pm), culminating with Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Friday 16th March.

Most online bookmakers are now offering ‘NRNB’ (Non Runner No Bet) meaning that any Cheltenham bets struck now will result in a full cash refund should your horse not run. Make sure you bet on the NRNB markets as some bookies are only offering this concession on the 4 main ‘Championship races’ – namely the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and the Gold Cup, although this will be extended  to all races in the week before the Cheltenham Festival.

There will be plenty of other Cheltenham Festival betting offers up for grabs as we approach the big event such as ‘Money Back (as a free bet) if 2nd to the Favourite’, ‘Fallers Insurance’, ‘Enhanced Odds / Price Boosts’, enhanced place terms and many others.

It’s the highlight of the jumps racing season and with so many bookmakers vying for your business, it’s a great time to be a punter too.  Make sure you take advantage of as many Cheltenham betting offers as you can as it can really make the difference between a winning or losing week.

How to claim Horse Racing Free Bets

For most the first horse racing free bet offer they will receive will come when they open a new online betting account with one of the major and reputable bookmakers.

The process is simple, open a new account, place a bet and when that bet is settled your new account with be credited with a bet or, in some cases, several bets which you can place on horse races.

Horse race betting gives away more free bets than any other betting medium as it is subject to more free bet offers than any other type of sports betting.

Money Back Specials’ are one of the most common free bet offers. They give customers a free bet for unfortunate eventualities or just old fashioned bad luck.  For example you could receive a free bet if your horse finishes second to the race favourite or if it falls at the first fence.

To be fair there is little claiming to be done with a number of these horse racing free bet concessions, for the most part they are credited to your account automatically

As a new customer you may be requested to ‘opt in’ to a free bet offer when making your first deposit.

Horse Racing Free Bets No Deposit

As it is the most popular betting medium and as online bookmakers, like all businesses, strive to attract new customers, it’s no big surprise that ‘no deposit’ horse racing free bets are on offer to new account holders.

These promotions do not give you a free bet following your first deposit or bet, they actually give you a free bet for simply registering a new account without the need to deposit or bet beforehand.

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