A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle is traditionally the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival. The Supreme is the championship race for novice hurdlers and highlights the best up-and-coming talent over the shorter 2 mile trip. With fields of up to 19 runners in recent times, online bookmakers are always looking to start the Cheltenham Festival with a bang by giving away opening race offers including 4 places or potentially even 5 places each way on the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Of course, offering 4 places each way or sometimes even 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 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle in recent years has seen some top-notch talent and winners. 2016 saw the impressive Nicky Henderson trained Altior beat the Willie Mullins trained 15/8 favourite Min by a distance. That win for Altior was amazingly Henderson's first win in the Supreme Novices' since 1992 and burst Willie Mullins run of 3 consecutive Cheltenham Festival opener winners. Mullins had saddled Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015) all piloted by Ireland's Number 1 jockey Ruby Walsh. 2016 also saw Henderson trained Buveur D'air beaten into 3rd place - naturally 12 months on he's the favourite for the 2017 Champion Hurdle.
With anything up to 19 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers pay out the standard 3 places each way at 1/4 odds for this level-weight race. However the Supreme Novices' is so popular with punters desperate for a serious bet that a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place or two, with 4 or even 5 places on the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival. Naturally 5 places covers circa 25-30% 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 2014 renewal of the Supreme Novices' saw 18 starters go to post and some extended each way place offers were available.
2017 Each Way Terms Offered:
2014 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 3 places each way in the Supreme Novices' from 2014 onwards:
Supreme Novices Hurdle Recent Results: