Get a Free Bet on each day of the Festival
The Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th March - and we’re giving you a Free Bet on the stand-out race each day (up to £25* maximum) when you place a single bet on any other Cheltenham race that day.
Cheltenham Festival Free Bet races:
Race Day/Time Qualifying Bets Count From
Champion Hurdle Tuesday 13th March (15:30) Monday 12th March (13:00)
Champion Chase Wednesday 14th March (15:30) Tuesday 13th March (13:00)
Ryanair Chase Thursday 15th March (14:50) Wednesday 14th March (13:00)
Cheltenham Gold Cup Friday 16th March (15:30) Thursday 15th March (13:00)
How to take part:
  • Place a single bet on any Cheltenham race each day other than the Free Bet race stated above.
  • You will then receive a Free Bet on the selected Free Bet race, equal to the value of your largest single bet on any other Cheltenham race that day (max Free Bet value £25*).
  • Your qualifying bet must be placed between the time stated above and the start of the relevant Free Bet race. Ante-Post bets, Tote/Pari-Mutuel (bets and dividends), Jockey’s Performance bets and Specials markets located within the Cheltenham Festival Specials 2018 section will not count for this offer.
  • Once placed, confirmation of your qualifying bet will be displayed on the bet slip as well as in My Bets and History.
  • To use your Free Bet, simply add your selection for the relevant Free Bet race to the bet slip, and choose the 'Use Free Bet' option next to that selection.
Only one Free Bet will be awarded per bet slip. When placing your qualifying bet for each selected Free Bet race, do not include selections for other days of the Festival. For example, if you are placing a qualifying bet for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, your bet slip should include only Cheltenham selections for races on Friday 16th March.
Only customers who receive the promotional email and/or web message are eligible for this offer.
More information about the offer:
Bets placed on a selected Free Bet race will not count as qualifying bets. For example, to qualify for a Free Bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup you must place a bet on any other race at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 16th March. Your Free Bet will be available to use as soon as your qualifying bet has been placed.
Qualifying bets must be paid for and placed in the usual way and can be funded from either your Withdrawable Balance or Bet Credits. Once your Free Bet has been used, any subsequent bets will not count towards the value of the Free Bet.
Any qualifying bet that is fully or partially Cashed Out will be excluded from this offer. Your largest qualifying bet that has not been fully or partially Cashed Out will count (up to £25*). In addition, your qualifying bet cannot be edited using our Edit Bet feature. Once your Free Bet has been used on the relevant Free Bet race, the Cash Out feature is not available on your qualifying bet.
The Free Bet can be used as the stake for your bet on the relevant Free Bet race and returns will exclude the Free Bet stake. The Free Bet can only be used as the stake for a single selection and the Cash Out and Edit Bet features are unavailable for bets placed using the Free Bet.
With an extensive range of markets and a Free Bet offer for all four days, you can enjoy the Cheltenham Festival at bet365.
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Terms and Conditions
  1. Only customers who receive the promotional email and/or web message are eligible for this offer.
  2. This offer applies to bets placed on the Horse Racing taking place on each day of the Cheltenham Festival from Tuesday 13th March 2018 until Friday 16th March 2018. For the Champion Hurdle this will be bets placed from 13:00 on Monday 12th March. For the Champion Chase this will be bets placed from 13:00 on Tuesday 13th March. For the Ryanair Chase this will be bets placed from 13:00 on Wednesday 14th March. For the Cheltenham Gold Cup this will be bets placed from 13:00 on Thursday 15th March. Ante-Post bets placed before the stated time for each Free Bet race will not count as qualifying bets for this offer.
  3. Your qualifying bet must be placed on a Cheltenham Festival race taking place on the same day as the relevant Free Bet race. For example, to get a Free Bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup your qualifying bet must be placed on any other race taking place at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 16th March 2018.
  4. Free Bet races on each day of the Cheltenham Festival are the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday 13th March 2018 (15:30), the Champion Chase on Wednesday 14th March 2018 (15:30), the Ryanair Chase on Thursday 15th March 2018 (14:50) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 16th March 2018 (15:30).
  5. Qualifying bets and Free Bets can be placed on any market with the exception of the following, which are excluded from all aspects of this offer: Ante-Post markets, Tote/Pari-Mutuel (bets and dividends) markets, Jockey’s Performance markets and Specials markets located in the Cheltenham Festival Specials 2018 section. Qualifying bets and Free Bets can be placed both before the start of the race and In-Play. However, all qualifying bets must be placed before the start of the Free Bet race on which the corresponding Free Bet will be available.
  6. Maximum Free Bet value per customer for this offer is £25* per Free Bet race. Free Bet value will be equal to the stake of your largest qualifying bet on each separate day’s racing at the Cheltenham Festival on either Tuesday 13th March 2018, Wednesday 14th March 2018, Thursday 15th March 2018 or Friday 16th March 2018. If you place two or more bets of the same stake but less than £25* on separate bet slips, your qualifying bet will be the first of these placed. If you place two or more bets of £25* or greater on separate bet slips, your qualifying bet will be the first of these placed. If you place two or more bets of £25* or greater on the same bet slip, your qualifying bet will be deemed the one which is equal or closest to £25*. If you place two or more bets with the same stake on the same bet slip, your qualifying bet will be deemed to be the one which is first on the bet slip. Once the Free Bet has been used, any subsequent bets will not count towards the value of the Free Bet.
  7. Your active qualifying bet cannot be edited using our Edit Bet feature. Bets that are fully or partially Cashed Out will not qualify for the offer whether Cashed Out pre-event or In-Play. Your largest qualifying bet that has not been fully or partially Cashed Out will count (up to £25*). The Cash Out and Edit Bet features are not available on bets placed using Free Bets. Once your Free Bet has been used to place your bet on the selected Free Bet race, the Cash Out feature is not available on your qualifying bet.
  8. Your Free Bet will be available to use as the stake for a single bet on the relevant Free Bet race. Your Free Bet will expire if not used on this race.
  9. Your qualifying bet must be paid for in the usual way and can be paid from either your Withdrawable Balance or Bet Credits. Your Free Bet will then be available to use as the stake when you add a selection for the relevant Cheltenham Festival Free Bet race to the bet slip. To determine which selection uses the Free Bet as the stake, select the ‘Use Free Bet’ option next to that selection.
  10. Any returns from your Free Bet will be added to your Withdrawable Balance but your Free Bet stake is not included in any returns. For example, a £10 bet placed at odds of 2/1 would give a return of £30 (£20 winnings plus £10 stake), whereas a £10 Free Bet would give a net return of £20 as the £10 Free Bet stake is not returned.
  11. If your Free Bet is placed on a selection that is later made a non-runner in the selected Free Bet race, your Free Bet will be forfeit and not available to place on an alternative selection.
  12. Free Bets used on Combination Forecasts and Combination Tricasts will be rounded to the next penny (or currency equivalent). For example, Free Bet value is £10. For a Combination Tricast with a total of 24 bets, tick the ‘Use Free Bet’ box. The unit stake would calculate out to £0.42, the total stake would update to £10.08 (24 x £0.42 = £10.08) and a Free Bet would be placed to that amount. You will be unable to place any Free Bet where the unit stake is less than £0.05.
  13. This offer only applies to bets placed via desktop, mobile or tablet. Pre-event bets placed using our Telephone Betting service will not qualify for this offer and Free Bets cannot be used via our Telephone Betting service.
  14. All customer offers are limited to one per person. If bet365 has reasonable grounds to suspect that the bonus or offer is being claimed by or for the benefit of the same person more than once or by a group of people then it may withdraw the availability of any offer or all offers to that customer or group of customers and/or void any bet funded by the bonus or offer and remove any winnings from such bets.
  15. In an attempt to combat fraudulent activity, bet365 has introduced methods to detect and prevent abuse of this offer. bet365 may ask any customer to provide sufficient documentation and/or verification steps for it, acting reasonably, to be satisfied as to the customer's identity prior to crediting any offer, Free Bet, Bet Credits, bonus funds and/or winnings to their account.
  16. Where any term of the offer or promotion is breached or there is any evidence of a series of bets placed by a customer or group of customers, which due to a deposit bonus, enhanced payments, Free Bets, risk free bets, Bet Credits or any other promotional offer results in guaranteed customer profits irrespective of the outcome, whether individually or as part of a group, bet365 may reclaim the bonus, enhanced payment, Free Bet, risk free bet or Bet Credit element of such offers and/or void any bet funded by the deposit bonus, Free Bet or Bet Credits. In addition, where there is evidence of such activity, bet365 may levy an administration charge on the customer up to the value of the deposit bonus, Bet Credits, Free Bet, risk free bet or enhanced payment towards the administrative costs incurred in identifying and taking action against the activity.
  17. bet365 may reclaim any bonus amount, Free Bets, Bet Credits or enhanced payments that have been awarded in error.
  18. bet365 may, at any time, make minor amendments to this promotion to correct typographical errors or to improve on clarity or customer experience and may cancel this promotion for legal or regulatory reasons.
  19. Employees, officers and directors of bet365, its promotional or other agencies, licensees and licensors, service providers and any other associated or affiliated companies shall not be eligible for the promotion. The same terms shall apply to the direct families of such persons.