We’re getting ever closer to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and we will be treated to four days of top-class racing which will see Hurricane Fly and Bob’s Worth attempt to retain their respective Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup crown.
Meanwhile, racing fans will hope that Sprinter Sacre lines up in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, while Big Buck’s will be bidding to win a fifth World Hurdle after a prolonged absence from the track.
It’s all looking very exciting and several bookmakers have now gone Non-Runner Money Back on the principal races for the Festival which means you can place a bet safe in the knowledge that your stake will be refunded should your horse not line up for the race in which you backed it.
Bet365 free bet are among those firms going NRNB, with the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup included with this concession.
The Ryanair Chase is also now among the races where you can enjoy NRNB, with Cue Card the current 4/1 favourite for this race although there is a distinct chance that the Joe Tizzard runner will line up for the Gold Cup instead.
Meanwhile, Paddy Power also have this generous concession available, so this could be a great bookmaker to place bets such as Annie Power for the World Hurdle. The mare is currently a 5/2 chance to win this race and while she looks likely to run in the three-mile contest, this bookie will refund your stake should Willie Mullins switch races or not bother with Cheltenham at all.
Ladbrokes also have NRNB for the Championship races and that includes the Queen Mother where Sprinter Sacre has now been confirmed as a definite runner by Nicky Henderson at the time of writing.