If you’re into betting on the horses it pays to take every advantage you can. Bookmakers are tripping over themselves to offer you the best possible horse racing experience. They do this through a range of incentives to encourage you to be loyal to their brand.
As with supermarket shopping it pays to shop around, every bookmaker is different in the betting bonuses that are on offer, but its important to look behind the headline free bet offer and check what else is on offer for customers on a regular basis.
Here are a few of my favourite horse racing special offers that will definitely give you an added edge when placing your bets.
Enhanced Place Terms
This is one I always look out for. In certain races, such as the grand national you will find bookies offer different place terms for each-way betting. This means that if you place an each way bet at some bookies they will pay out more places than others. They will also pay out more generously on some races, e.g paying at 3 places at 1/4 of odds rather than 1/5. In my opinion and experience Bet365 are very good for this. Also check out BetVictor who often have the best place terms for the grand national.
This can seem like a minor difference whether you get paid out or not on 4 or 5 places, but as part of your general betting strategy it pays to take every advantage you can.
Refund as a free bet if horse is 2nd
This is massive and has to be taken when you’re bookie offers it. Horse racing is incredibly unpredictable, so an insurance policy like this is great to take if you was going to back the horse anyway. Basically it is like having another go at winning. Kind of like a BOGOF offer in a supermarket. This can work really well if you’re either betting against a favourite, and expect you may finish 2nd if you fail. A lot of the offers will give a refund if 2nd to the favourite, so its a great way to challenge the likely winner with some insurance. SkyBet are very good at these specials so log into sky and look for the race with the refund offer, Saturday is a good time to check.
Money Back if Horse Falls
This is an offer Coral are currently giving for selected meetings and in jumps races it really is a godsend. It really isn’t that uncommon for a horse to fall, and if you’ve put your money on the line its nice to have your money back if you are unlucky in the running.
That’s all from me, the bookies we’ve mentioned are all worth joining as they will give you regular incentives to improve your betting.
*New Customer Offers, T&C’s Apply 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly
Coral Free Bet Offer. New Customers 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with CashOut. Free bet valid for 4 days.T&Cs Apply.
BetVictor Free £40 Bet Offer – New Customers Only; Min Odds 2.0 Bet £10; Receive £30 in Free Sports Bet (split into 3 x bets of £10 each) and £10 Free Casino Bonus; Wagering requirements apply; Credit or Debit Card deposits only; 18+; T&C apply; Begambleaware.org