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Pros and cons of the best horse racing sites
for the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival is here — time to pour over the race cards, brush off your race day hat (or lucky socks, we won’t judge!), and get ready for the first big jump racing event of the British horse racing year. This is the 100th running of the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Championship Steeple Chase so there are even more events and celebrations alongside the races than there usually are.

A Cheltenham Festival experience wouldn’t be complete without placing a few wagers on the races. If you’re attending for a day or more, of course you can place your bets with a Rails Bookmaker or even add your wager to the Totes betting pool. You don’t have to be there to bet though!

In the last few years, betting online has rapidly become the favourite way to place bets on sports in the UK. It is more convenient, incredibly simple, and provides bettors with more options than better before. Plus, with big events like the Cheltenham Festival there are always special offers and promotions for new and returning bettors.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best horse racing sites for UK punters. We’ll compare them and give you the pros and cons of each site so that you can choose the right sportsbook for you to place your bets through.


One of the biggest names in the betting world is bet365 and they’ve earned that position by offering great odds on a large number of markets. One of the most appealing positives of bet365 is that their pricing is always competitive, even for big sporting events that draw in the crowds.

Deposits can be made on the site with any of the major debit cards, bank transfer, and most e-wallets. bet365 also accepts PayPal as a payment method, which is very nice to see. On the other hand, they have recently removed Neteller and Skrill as payment methods.

bet365 is one of the few top sportsbooks that doesn’t offer many bonuses or price boosts. For people who like a few little perks, this is a major con. However for those who enjoy a classic, simple betting site it’s a good fit. One perk they do offer is Non-Runner, No Bet. This protects the bets of people who placed Ante-post bets when their horse ends up not running in the race.


talkSPORT BET is a new sportsbook brought to you by the minds behind the incredibly successful sports radio station of the same name. It is one of the prime sportsbooks for people who love stats and data-based betting. During the Cheltenham Festival they have daily special offers.

This betting site has a streamlined interface that is easy to navigate and very straightforward. This makes it a good option for new bettors and or those who like keeping their bets simple. They also have live streams for all of the races happening during the Cheltenham Festival so you can see if your bet is going to payout in real time.

The most problematic con of talkSPORT BET is that their pricing is not the most competitive. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the best deals, this sportsbook is unlikely to have them.


BoyleSports was Ireland’s favourite betting shop for years before they made the move to the digital and were introduced to British audiences. While the offer odds on many different sports, racing is their specialisation. It is hard to find a better sportsbook for the Cheltenham Festival than this one.

This focus on race betting means that BoyleSports can offer their customers a wider variety of bet types than most of their competitors. They specialise in Trifecta, Exacta, and Superfecta. They also have special offers for each of the featured races. Unsurprisingly, they also have live streaming available for all races.

William Hill

William Hill is one of the UK’s oldest and best loved sportsbooks. Instead of being stuck in the past and relying on their reputation and customer loyalty, William Hill have consistently innovated to remain competitive. They have a dedicated racing portion of the site, which offers daily enhanced odds and some special promotions.

The pricing on William Hill is competitive and the odds tend to be very fair. Unfortunately, all of the features, promotions, and tips make the William Hill website difficult, frustrating, and simply annoying to navigate. Not being able to find the bet or enhancements that you’re looking for can put a damper on the betting experience.


BetVictor is another favourite among British punters. One of their unique features is their Lengthen the Odds bet, a daily opportunity to get better odds when you nominate the victory margin by lengths. They also have their Run For Your Money offer, which adds a layer of protection to account for how unpredictable horses can be.

Bet variety is where BetVictor is lacking. They do not have many bet options for customers who want anything more complex. This makes it feel like a site for beginning bettors with less to offer to experienced punters.


BetUK is another relatively new sportsbook. It has managed to become a popular choice by offering odds on a large number of races from around the world and by having providing their customers with informed tips and detailed information so that they can place smart bets.

BetUK have many offers and promotions, some that allow bettors to boost their wagers. This is a pro but also a con because they focus so much of the specials and the exciting features that it can be hard to figure out how to place just a simple bet. This makes the user interface frustrating to use at times.

Final Thoughts

As long as you’re placing your bets with a trusted and respected online sportsbook, you’re likely to be in good hands. There are minor differences between the leading sportsbooks but each of them has far more pros than cons.
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