Virgin Bet has plenty of positives going for them and they’re likely to be one of the most popular bookies heading into the Cheltenham Festival.
We’re going to take you through all you need to know, which includes their sign-up offer for new customers, their odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and the various promotions they have available.
Cheltenham 2022 Offer
Virgin Bet has a strong sign-up offer that their new customers can access, which will be pleasing to hear ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. All you have to do is deposit and wager funds of £10 as a minimum on odds of ½ (1.50) or greater, and regardless of whether the qualifying bet is a winner or loser, the customer will be awarded £20 in free bets.
The free bet tokens are non-withdrawable and you have seven days to use them, as they expire after this period of time. These free bet tokens could be used on various betting markets that Virgin Bet has on the Cheltenham Festival.
Virgin Bet has plenty of Cheltenham specials already listed on their website, and we’re going to take you through them below.
Cheltenham Festival Prestbury Cup
- Ireland to win @ 1/7
- Great Britain to win @ 6/1
- Tie @ 8/1
Rachael Blackmore Specials
- Rachael Blackmore to win The Champion Hurdle & Gold Cup @ 8/1
- Rachael Blackmore to win The Grand National & Gold Cup @ 40/1
Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey
- Paul Townend @ 8/11
- Rachael Blackmore @ 3/1
- Davy Russell @ 7/1
- Jack Kennedy @ 10/1
- Nico de Boinville @ 16/1
Virgin Bet Cheltenham Odds
New and existing customers are going to be wanting the most competitive odds when it comes to looking for the best bookmaker, especially when it comes to Cheltenham.
It’s one of the biggest events in the horse racing calendar and Virgin Bet is certainly in line with bookmaking heavyweights such as Paddy Power and bet365 with their betting markets at the 2022 Festival.
Below, we’ve listed the Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB) betting odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Virgin Bet.
- A Plus Tard @ 3/1
- Galvin @ 4/1
- Minella Indo @ 5/1
- Protektorat @ 8/1
- Al Boum Photo @ 10/1
- Allaho @ 10/1
- Conflated @ 10/1
- Tornado Flyer @ 12/1
- Champ @ 14/1
- Chantry House @ 16/1
When comparing it to other bookmakers such as bet365, Virgin Bet is offering better odds on A Plus Tard, as bet365 is only offering odds of 11/4 for this horse to win. Two-time winner Al Boum Photo is also at better odds with Virgin Bet, with bet365 only offering odds of 8/1 for this horse to return to winning ways this year after disappointment in the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Odds correct as of 3:37 pm, Monday 7th February 2022. Odds are subject to change.
Best Odds Guaranteed
Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG) remains one of the most popular promotions for new and existing Virgin Bet customers and it’s clear to see why. Effectively, the Best Odds Guaranteed promotion means that the punter will always get the best odds available on horse racing selections in the UK and Ireland.
If you place a Qualifying Bet and the starting price (SP) is bigger than the price of any selection in your Qualifying Bet (the original price taken by you), then Virgin Bet will pay you out at the SP of that selection.
It also goes the other way, as if the SP is considerably shorter odds than what you originally backed the selected horse at, then Virgin Bet will still pay you out at the higher odds you wagered funds on. It’s worth noting that Virgin Bet’s Best Odds Guaranteed is available from 9 am on the day of each race meeting, with any prices taken before that time not being eligible for the Best Odds Guaranteed promotion.
Ante-post betting markets are always popular amongst experienced horse racing bettors, as it gives them the chance to wager funds on horses at much higher odds than their SP (starting price) could be when the Cheltenham Festival comes round.
With ante-post betting markets being available on Virgin Bet months in advance, punters have the ideal opportunity to back horses at high odds, with that selected horse potentially being much shorter in the lead up to Cheltenham taking place.
However, there is an element of risk when it comes to wagering your funds on ante-post markets, as if your selected horse doesn’t run in the race you’ve backed it to run in, then your bet will be settled as a loss before the Cheltenham Festival has even started.
Non-Runner No Bet
Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB) is particularly aimed at punters keen on ante-post betting markets. NRNB allows you to have more insurance over a selection that you make on any horse racing meeting.
A good example of this being used in ante-post betting markets is if you were to back A Plus Tard to win the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 3/1 with the NRNB promotion through Virgin Bet. So a £10 bet on this selection would win you £40 including the stake if A Plus Tard was to win. However, if A Plus Tard was to be pulled out of the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup for whatever reason, then Virgin Bet would refund your stake because the horse is a ‘non-runner’.
If you had backed A Plus Tard to win via an ante-post betting market and the horse didn’t run in the race, then your bet would be settled as a loser before the event has even begun.
Virgin Bet is offering NRNB on many of the feature races in the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, so it’s well worth exploring the various markets that they have available.
Virgin Bet Cheltenham Live-Streaming
Virgin Bet covers live-streaming on the Cheltenham Festival, which will be pleasing to hear for customers who are looking to watch the action as it unfolds in March. To access their live-streaming service on horse racing, simply follow the instructions below.
- Click here to be directed to Virgin Bet’s website.
- Log in using your username and password that you created when signing up to Virgin Bet.
- Select the ‘Horse Racing’ option on the left-hand side of the screen.
- Click the video camera button on the upcoming race you wish to watch on Virgin Bet.
It’s worth noting that to be able to access Cheltenham live-streaming through Virgin Bet, you must have at least £1 in your account at the time and it’s also worth remembering that each race’s live-streaming coverage usually starts two minutes before the race is set to get underway.