Horse Racing Free Bets & Betting Offers
You are in the right place for the latest horse racing free bets and betting offers from the best horse racing betting sites. We also have free racing tips for the biggest races of the weekend and the next big racing festival: the Derby Festival at Epsom featuring the Epsom Derby and the The Oaks.
Biggest Races to Bet on in May 2019 – the Classics are here!
There’s a lot more than that to enjoy this month though, with the Chester Cup and the Dante Stakes standing out as other highlights.
The Irish version of the Guineas run towards the end of the month and the Oaks sneaks in on the final day of May at Epsom before the Epsom Derby starting June off with a bang!
There are loads of great racing betting offers in general to help you make the most of your bets. Take full advantage of the many horse racing free bets and welcome bonuses that can be used to stack the odds in your favour.
What makes a good horse racing free bet?
Free bets come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from £5 upwards. But it is not just the size of a free bet that should catch your eye, there are a number of other questions that should be asked when you consider whether a free bet is worth its salt.
Of course, the factor that should be of primary concern when picking a bookmaker to join is whether they are actually any good. We only feature the very best betting sites for horse racing on RacingBettingOffers.com, and these are bookies we’ve used ourselves for years and who we trust implicitly.
How much do you need to bet to get the free bet?
Some free bets are a straight, simple 100% match of your first bet. That means that if you join a bookie and place a bet of, say, £25, you will be credited with a free bet of £25.
Other bookies, though, stray from the conventional 100% matched free bet, which can either be to your benefit or detriment depending on whether they offer a greater or lesser percentage. Some bookies make it obvious what you need to do to get the free bet. Though with some others you have to dig into the terms and conditions a little more to be sure.
Are there rollover requirements?
While we’re mentioning terms and conditions, always check to see if there are any rollover or wagering requirements that must be met before you can withdraw winnings from your free bet(s). Typically you will have to bet through your initial deposit (i.e. place your first bet with a bookie) and then the free bet in full before you are able to withdraw any winnings.
Some bookies, however, require you to bet through the value of your free bet (or free bet plus your initial deposit) a certain number of times before you are permitted to withdraw any winnings. This is not a massive problem per se, as long as you are able to pick winning bets! (Our betting tips might help on that front!)
Are there minimum odds for qualifying bets or free bets themselves?
Another thing to look out for is whether your qualifying bet – or indeed the bet you place with your free bet – must be placed at certain odds. Many bookies require the qualifying bet to be placed at minimum odds of evens, for instance, though others are happy to let you bet at 1/2 or even 1/5 when qualifying for your free bet.
Are free bets really free?
When bookies offer ‘free bets’ it is important to note that the meaning of ‘free’ is a little flexible. It would be more accurate in most cases to call these ‘buy one, get one free bets’. The reason being, once you join a racing betting site, if order to qualify for the free bet or welcome bonus, you generally have to place a real money bet at odds above a certain minimum.
We are not saying that free bets and bonuses are not worth grabbing of course, just that you read the full terms and conditions of any betting offer you are planning to claim. And we always advocate that you Gamble Responsibly.
Betting is, by its nature, risky, so never bet money you cannot afford to lose, never borrow money to gamble with (that includes loans or credit cards) and always keep a tally of your bets so you can quickly see how much you have won or lost.
Sometimes it all looks so easy in hindsight. As has so often been the case in recent years the combination of Irish trainer extraordinaire, Aidan O’Brien, and super sire Galileo, proved to be irresistible on the Classic stage.
The best of Britain and Ireland all travelled to Newmarket for the opening Classic’s of the 2000 and 1000 Guineas, and all were put in the shade by the man who is making an ever stronger case to be the greatest trainer in the history of the sport.
Saturday’s 2000 Guineas had looked to be one of the most wide open in many a year, particularly following the high-profile withdrawal of last season’s Champion Juvenile, Too Darn Hot. In the absence of that John Gosden star, it was O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns who assumed the mantle of favouritism in the hands of Ryan Moore. Ten Sovereigns ran well to finish fifth as his stamina appeared to give way close home, but in the end it was left to O’Brien’s apparent second string to claim top honours.
Last season’s Vertem Futurity Trophy winner Magna Grecia, looked nicely bred for the job, being by Invincible Spirit and out of a Galileo mare and having been given a nice tow into the race by Shine So Bright, powered right away in the final furlong to score by 2½l from 66/1 shot King Of Change. A second 2000 Guinea’s win in as many years for jockey Donnacha O’Brien, and a phenomenal tenth for his father.
Hermosa All Heart
Not content with landing the opening colts’ classic of the season, O’Brien quickly followed up in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas with his Galileo filly, Hermosa. Having been beaten by a number of these rivals during her juvenile campaign, this Michael Tabor owned runner looked to need to improve to claim top honours here.
Only third best of the O’Brien runners if judged on jockey bookings, and the betting market – despite boasting just about the most attractive pedigree in the race – she put in a most tenacious effort in leading from start to finish, and repelling all comers to score by a length from Lady Kaya at a rewarding SP of 14/1.
Eyes Turn To Epsom
The dust may have barely settled on the opening Classics of the season, but thoughts are now beginning to turn firmly to the next two on the agenda, Epsom’s Derby and Oaks.
The trip of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas may be significantly shorter than the 1m4f of Epsom’s most famous races, but events at HQ nevertheless often have a significant bearing on the betting market for both the Derby and the Oaks, with any number of horses having gone on to do the double over the years.
So how are things now shaping up in the year’s premier middle distance contests for the three year olds?
Darn Still Tops Derby Market
We have a non-mover at the head of the Derby market in the shape of John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot. Odds on in places for the 2000 Guineas, a – reportedly not too serious – injury setback then saw him miss that engagement.
All is reportedly well with the son of Dubawi now, but we will know more once he has made his return in the Dante Stakes at York. Should he win that in good style, expect his current Derby odds of 9/2 with bet365 to shorten significantly.
So what of the Guineas winner Magna Grecia? He certainly didn’t seem to be stopping come the line at Newmarket, but comments in the aftermath would suggest that he is perhaps viewed more as an out and out miler. Being by Invincible Spirit, his pedigree would certainly suggest as much and there aren’t too many firms even listing him for this.
No doubt Guineas winning trainer Aidan O’Brien will have a strong Derby hand to play though, with the second, third and fourth favourites for the race all hailing from his Ballydoyle operation.
Broome (10/1 with BetVictor) threw his hat firmly into the ring with an eight length romp in the Ballysax Stakes, whilst the beautifully bred Japan (7/1 with Betfair) showed plenty of promise last season and is set to make his first appearance of the season in the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
Betting Suggests O’Brien Again In The Oaks
If O’Brien is to have a dual classic winner this season, then Hermosa would look more likely than Magna Grecia. She’s by Galileo and showed plenty of staying power in the Guineas, but does have an alternative option of the Irish 1000 Guineas. She’s a 6/1 shot for the Oaks, but we wouldn’t be too surprised to see her tackle the Irish Classic instead, particularly as O’Brien already has the clear market leader for this race.
Pink Dogwood had posted a few decent efforts last season without setting the world alight, but really caught the eye on her first start of the current season. Heavily backed prior to that 1m2f Listed contest at Navan, she justified the market support to score by a cosy half a length. Likely down to her connections more than the bare form of that race, she is now in to 4/1 with Betfair for this.
Perhaps the most visually impressive Oaks trial we have witnessed so far this season came in Newmarket’s Pretty Polly Stakes. William Haggas’s Maqsad looked to have done well over the winter when breaking her maiden over a mile on her return, and certainly confirmed that impression when absolutely bolting up in that 1m2f Listed event at HQ. The compilers certainly seemed impressed, with Betfair now making her their 8/1 third favourite for the race.
All Eyes On The Roodee
Plenty more clues to be gained yet though before the action at Epsom kicks off, starting at Chester this week, with the Chester Vase, Dee Stakes and the Cheshire Oaks all potentially informative.