A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Fred Winter Novices' Handicap Hurdle always features a large field on Ladies Day, Wednesday 15th April 2017, at the Cheltenham Festival. Run over 2 miles and 8 flights of hurdles, this is effectively for horses not good enough to be competitive in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, but it remains one of the best and most hotly contested handicaps not only of the Cheltenham Festival, but of the season as a whole. With fields of up to 24 runners in recent years, some online bookmakers are 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 each way on the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Hurdle. Of course, offering 5 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 online bookmakers.
The Fred Winter Novices' Handicap Hurdle was introduced into the Cheltenham Festival as recently as 2005, but the race is one of the most keenly contested handicaps on the whole Festival race card. Paul Nicholls has won 3 of these including the last 2 renewals with Qualando (2015) and Diego Du Charmil (2016). Last year's winner has gone on to win the Scottish County Hurdle, and it's apparent that horses with a turn of foot are required to win the Fred Winter which is always run at a frantic pace over the 2 miles. Look for horses around the 11-stone mark to deliver. From an extended each-way places perspective, bet365 were the only bookmaker to go 5 places each way in this last year and they also paid out at full 1/4 odds for the place part - handy when the 5th horse came in at 50/1.
With anything up to 24 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 Fred Winter Novices' Hurdle being one of the most anticipated handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival for each-way betting, a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place, with 5 places more than 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 5 places covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
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In what is the most anticipated Cheltenham Festival for many years, bet365 will give their customers an unbeatable range of value-packed promotions that will no doubt include additional each way places. However it's not just the additional each way places which make bet365 a must-have online sports betting account at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.
Antepost backers get an unbeatable package of Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed. That can't and won't be beaten. Non Runner, No Bet is across ALL RACES at Cheltenham 2017 - plenty of online competitors are not offering this on any Festival races, let alone all of them. Full refunds are in cash if your horse doesn't run. Their Best Odds Guaranteed promotions mean that you can take an early price with full confidence as you're guaranteed that if your horse goes off bigger on the day, you'll be paid the better price.
bet365 will also have their massively popular ITV Racing 4/1 promotion activated across all live ITV Racing Cheltenham Festival races. So if you back a winner at 4/1 or more in any ITV Racing live Cheltenham Festival race you'll receive a risk-free bet to the same stake on the next live ITV Racing race. This promotion is not just for Cheltenham but runs across all live ITV Racing meetings - totalling just under 100 shows per year.
For each-way punters bet365 will also pay out full 1/4 odds each way on ALL 28 Cheltenham races, where some online bookmakers will pay out 1/5 odds.
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 Fred Winter Novices' Hurdle saw 22 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 Fred Winter Novices' Handicap Hurdle from 2016 onwards:
Fred Winter Novices' Hurdle Recent Results