Where to find the most sought-after offers for Cheltenham day four betting

Everyone knows that the annual Cheltenham Festival every March has lots of top-drawer racing action to savour each day that it runs. This is certainly true for day four, which hosts arguably the biggest race of the entire week to bet on. This comes in the form of the historic Gold Cup and provides the ideal climax to a sensational week of National Hunt thrills.

Although it is known to horse racing fans as Gold Cup day, the final day of Cheltenham is not just about this Grade 1 contest – there are also other well-known races, such as the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle, to have a flutter on. To get the most from betting on day four of Cheltenham, though, a good tip is that you should track down the most sought-after bookmakers’ offers.

These enable bettors to have even more fun when getting involved with the festival, and have more cash to bet on races with. But what are the best Cheltenham day four betting offers to know about?

Sky Bet – £30 in free bets for Cheltenham

Free bet offers are the most widely seen and highly-prized promos that bookies run for big events in horse racing events such as the Cheltenham Festival 2024. Sky Bet is a case in point and certainly has one of the most eye-catching promotions to use for betting on day four of this meet.

This sees a huge £30 in free Cheltenham bets up for grabs when you create a Sky Bet account as a new customer. The free bets are credited as 3 x £10 bet tokens, which can be used on races that are run during the final day of the festival.

As with most other bookies covering the festival, Sky Bet is also known to have regular ongoing promos for existing customers to use on day four of the action. This often includes deals such as price boosts for the biggest races, or on big-name horses running in a particular day four contest.

bet365 – Bet £10 on Cheltenham and get £30 in free bets

bet365 is one of the most famous, trusted and reliable sports betting firms in the UK. It is also well-known for covering each day of the Cheltenham Festival, offering competitive odds on races and having lots of markets to check out. If you are searching for the best betting offers for day four of this event, it rates highly.

New customers have the chance to net a cool £30 in free bets for this day of the festival, when they first bet £10. Once an eligible £10 qualifying bet has been made, the £30 in free bets will be credited to your account to use on top races like the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A good tip with this offer is putting the qualifying bet on the first race of day four at Cheltenham, so you get the free bets to use on the rest of the day’s racing.

talkSPORT BET – Get £30 in free bets for Cheltenham

It is common to see the best Cheltenham day four promotions come from the biggest names around. talkSPORT BET is a case in point and shares a brand with the UK’s top sports radio station. It is a place that not only treats customers fairly and offers excellent support but also focuses on using the latest online security measures to protect your sensitive data.

This platform also has a sensational Cheltenham day four betting offer that is open to brand new customers. This sees £30 in free bets up for grabs to use during the festival, once you have opted in and first placed an eligible £10 qualifying bet on any sport. Once this has been done, you will receive 3 x £10 bets to make the most of day four betting with. It is important to note that this offer is only available with card and Apple Pay payments.

BetVictor Sports – Bet £20 and get £40 in free Cheltenham bets

All sports betting fans in the UK will know the BetVictor Sports brand – it is another iconic company offering awesome extras for Cheltenham 2024. Its main promotion is for new customers and offers £40 in free bets to use at the festival once you have opened a new account and placed an eligible £20 qualifying wager within seven days. Once the qualifying wager is settled, the £40 will be yours to use on races such as the Triumph Hurdle or the Mares’ Steeple Chase.

BetVictor is also likely to fall in line with other sportsbooks covering Cheltenham, and run specific offers for existing customers to grab on day four of the action. This could be anything from free bets to daily doubles, accumulators and more, so keep an eye out.

Ladbrokes – Bet £5 and get £20 in free bets

Although not a dedicated Cheltenham deal per se, Ladbrokes’ “bet £5 and get £20 in free bets” promo is perfect for getting more from betting on day four of the festival. Open to new customers from the UK and Ireland, placing an eligible qualifying wager of £5 within 14 days of opening an account sees 4 x £5 free bets credited for your use.

As long as you make your qualifying bet in time for Cheltenham day four, you will have the £20 in free bets ready to use on your selections for the day. Although the free bets are only valid on certain markets and expire after seven days, this remains one of the favourite promos for the final day of Cheltenham racing action.

Top offers for Cheltenham day four betting

Those discussed here are without doubt the most sought-after promotions to use for betting on day four of the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. All of the offers we have looked at not only come from some of the most trusted names in horse race betting but also enable punters to get the maximum benefit from wagering on the final day of this event.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup, run over 3 miles 2½ furlongs and 22 notoriously stiff fences on the New Course at Prestbury Park, is the most valuable conditions, or non-handicap, chase in the British National Hunt calendar, offering £625,000 in prize money. The race was created, in its current guise, by Frederick Cathcart, Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham Racecourse, in 1924. The inaugural running, which was captured by British Pathé News, was won by Red Splash, trained by Major Humphrey Wyndham and ridden by Dick Rees. Interestingly, the original Gold Cup trophy was returned to Cheltenham Racecourse in 2018 and, mounted on a plinth bearing the names of all the winners in the intervening years, is now presented to the winner as a perpetual trophy.

 

The Cheltenham Gold Cup was transferred from the Old Course to the New Course in 1959 and, in the modern era, has been won by some of the finest steeplechasers in history. Arguably the finest of them all, Arkle, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years running in 1964, 1965 and 1966, completing his hat-trick at prohibitive odds of 1/10, making him the shortest-priced winner ever. The only horse since to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in three consecutive years was Best Mate in 2002, 2003 and 2004, but the roll of honour includes such luminaries as Dawn Run, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star, to name but a few.

 

In 1983, Yorkshire trainer Michael Dickinson entered the Guinness Book of World Records, not for the first time, by saddling the first five home in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In order, his so-called ‘Famous Five’ were Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House. Other notable winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup include Norton’s Coin, a completely unconsidered 100/1 outsider trained by Carmarthenshire permit holder Sirrell Griffiths, in 1990, Long Run, who set the current course record of 6 minutes 29.5 seconds, in 2011 and, more recently, Al Boum Photo, who provided perennial Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins with his first winner, after six previous runner-up finishes, in 2019.

Goodwood Festival

The Goodwood Festival, traditionally known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, is a five-day horse racing meeting that is staged annually at Goodwood Racecourse in late July and early August. Situated high on the Sussex Downs, on the southern edge of the South Downs, five miles north of Chichester, Goodwood has been described as ‘the most beautiful racecourse in the world’.

 

Horse racing was introduced to Goodwood by Charles Lennox, Third Duke of Richmond, in 1802. The initial two-day meeting, staged on a course known as ‘The Harroway’ on the Goodwood Estate, served as a replacement for the annual fixture held by officers of the Sussex Militia at nearby Petworth Park. A more ambitious, three-day fixture, held under Jockey Club Rules followed in 1803 and, in 1814, the fixture was moved to July, where it has remained ever since.

 

Notwithstanding the suspension of horse racing and the closure of Goodwood Racecourse for the duration of World War II, the Goodwood Festival continued to evolve and increase in popularity for the next two centuries or more. Nowadays, it is one of the highlights of the British racing calendar.

The modern Goodwood Festival features a total of 13 Group, or Pattern, races, of which three – the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes – are at the highest, Group One level and form part of the British Champions Series.

 

The Sussex Stakes, run over a mile, is the feature race on day two and, in fact, the most valuable race of the week, with £1 million in prize money. The Goodwood Cup, run over two miles, is the feature race on day three and, in 2017, was promoted to Group One status, with a corresponding increase in prize money to £500,000. The Nassau Stakes, run over a mile-and-quarter, is the feature race of the fifth, and final day, with £600,000 in prize money. The undisputed betting highlight of the final day, though, is the Stewards’ Cup, a historic handicap run over six furlongs on one of the fastest sprint courses in the country and worth £250,000 in prize money.

The Oaks

The Oaks Stakes, or simply the Oaks, was founded by Edward Smith Stanley, Twelfth Earl of Derby, in 1779 and takes its name from the estate, known as Oaks or Lambert’s Oaks, in Woodmansterne, on which he had acquired the lease from his son-in-law, Sir John Burgoyne, some years earlier. The Oaks pre-dates the Derby – co-founded by, and named after, Lord Derby – by a year, making it the second oldest of the five British ‘Classics’ after the St. Leger, which was inaugurated in 1776.

 

The modern race is run over the same course and distance as the Derby – that is, 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards on the famous switchback course at Epsom Downs Racecourse – but, unlike the Derby, is restricted to thoroughbred three-year-old fillies. Indeed, along with the first fillies-only Classic of the season, the One Thousand Guineas, and the St. Leger, the Oaks forms the so-called ‘Fillies’ Triple Crown, last won by Oh So Sharp in 1985. The Oaks is currently run on the first day of the Derby Festival, a.k.a. Ladies’ Day, in late May or early June and, in 2018, offered prize money of £500,000, £283,550 of which went to the winner, Forever Together.

 

Historically, between 1915-1918 and 1940-1945, when Epsom Downs Racecourse was used for military purposes during World War I and World War II, the Oaks was run, as the ‘New Oaks Stakes’, at Newmarket. Records-wise, Robert Robson, known in his heyday as the ‘Emperor of Trainers’, is the leading trainer in the history of the Oaks, with 13 wins between 1802 and 1825, while Francis ‘Frank’ Buckle, a.k.a. ‘The Governor’, is the leading jockey, with nine wins between 1797 and 1823. More recently, the widest winning margin was recorded by Sun Princess, who won by 12 lengths in 1983 and, more recently still, the fastest winning time at Epsom, 2 minutes 34.13 seconds, was recorded by Cartier Horse of the Year, Enable, in 2017.

St Leger

The St. Leger Stakes was established in 1776, at the suggestion of Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony St. Leger – erstwhile Member of Parliament for Greater Grimsby and later promoted to Major-General – as a sweepstakes for three-year-olds, run over two miles on Cantley Common, Doncaster. The inaugural running featured just five horses, the owners of whom contributed 25 guineas each to the prize money. Three years later, the St. Leger was transferred to Town Moor and, in 1813 – the year before the race was officially designated a ‘Classic’ by the Jockey Club – the distance was shortened to 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 193 yards.

 

Despite diminishing status in recent years, the St. Leger remains a Group One contest, run over the slightly shorter distance of 1 mile 6 furlongs and 115 yards, at Doncaster in September. The race is open to thoroughbred three-year-old colts and fillies – but not geldings, which have been excluded since 1906 – and, in 2018, the total prize fund was £700,000.

 

Originally a local event, the St. Leger soon gained nationwide recognition and, in the early twentieth century, royal patronage from King Edward VII, who attended the St. Leger Meeting between 1903 and 1909. Indeed, in 1909, the King owned a contender for the so-called ‘Triple Crown’ – the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St. Leger – but his colt, Minoru, could only finish fourth of seven, beaten six lengths, behind Bayardo in the final Classic of the season.

 

The St. Leger has been cancelled just once, in 1939, due to the outbreak of World War II, although it has been staged in a number of different guises at various racecourses, including Ayr, Newmarket, Thirsk and York, over the years. The leading trainer in the history of the race is John Scott, a.k.a. ‘Wizard of the North, who saddled an astonishing 16 winners between 1827 and 1862. The widest-margin winner ever was Never Say Die, ridden by Charlie Smirke – deputising for the suspended Lester Piggott – who sauntered home by twelve lengths in 1954.

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