A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The County Cup Handicap Hurdle (sponsored by Randox Health in 2017) is always an anticipated handicap on Gold Cup Day, Friday 17th November 2017, at the Cheltenham Festival. One of the biggest betting races of the whole festival, the County Hurdle always sees a huge field of quality hurdlers trying to capture the £51,000 first price. Officially named the Vincent O'Brien County Cup Handicap Hurdle, punters always focus on the County Cup when it comes to backing value each-way runners and the 2 mile hurdle over 8 flights, often throws up big-price winners.
With fields of up to 28 runners in recent years, online bookmakers are always happy to give punters real value in this race, especially as it's one of the handicap highlights of the Cheltenham Festival, so expect 5 places or potentially even 6 places each way on the County Hurdle. Of course, offering 5 places each way or sometimes even 6 places each way is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity for punters and is a promotion which will drive 2017 Cheltenham Festival new customer registrations for savvy bookmakers.
The County Cup Handicap Hurdle is one of the largest field races of any Cheltenham Festival. 24 to 28 runners has been the norm over the last 6 years and that makes each-way betting the order of the day. Both bet365 and Coral went 5 places each way with the 2016 County Cup and 2017 could well see one of the online bookmakers go 6 places each way in a bid to give their customers even more value. Superb Story won this in 2016 for Dan Skelton, but since 2009 Willie Mullins trained hurdlers have won this 3 times, with Paul Nicholls also having a couple of winners in 2009 and 2014. The County Hurdle is always a tough betting race, so it's often worth following the market on the day of the race.
With anything up to 28 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds for this handicap hurdle. However with the County Hurdle being one of the biggest races at the Cheltenham Festival for each-way betting, a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place or two, with 5 or even 6 places possible for the 2017 running. Remember online bookmakers have a new customer war chest for the Cheltenham Festival, so offering additional each way places attracts new customers who spot the value to be had. Naturally 6 places covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
We track the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years. The 2016 renewal of the County Hurdle saw 26 starters go to post and some extended each way place offers were available.
2017 Each Way Terms Offered:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 4 places each way in the County Hurdle from 2016 onwards:
County Hurdle Recent Results