Betfred go NRNB in the Championship races at Cheltenham – Four horses to back at the 2020 Festival

After Betfred announced they would offer users Non-Runner No Bet in the four Championship races at the Cheltenham Festival from New Years Day, we’ll show you how to sign up with Betfred and four horses to back at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.


Sign up with Betfred today to make the most of their fantastic welcome offer. Register your details, place your first bet of £10 on any sportsbook market (Odds evens or better). You’ll then receive £30 in free bets plus 30 free casino spins!

On top of this bountiful welcome deal, Betfred became the first bookmaker to go Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB) on the four Championship races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival this week. Most punters wait until NRNB stipulations are assigned to the various markets before placing their bets for Cheltenham, as it gives ante-post punters a wonderful safety net.

Log into your Betfred account and place a bet on any horse in the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle or the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If that horse is declared a non-runner and fails to make it to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, you’ll get your money back in cash!

To celebrate this fantastic offer launching on New Years Day, I’ve taken a look at each of the four Championship races at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and highlighted a horse in each market who would be the ideal candidate for a NRNB ante-post bet!

2020 Cheltenham Festival Tips

The Mares’ Hurdle looks the most likely option at Cheltenham for HONEYSUCKLE. Yet, the way she demolished the boys in the Hatton’s Grace, combined with lack of star performances from Champion Hurdle contenders so far this season, Henry De Bromhead could change tac and have a sneaky tilt at the Champion Hurdle.

Honeysuckle remains unbeaten over hurdles, having extended her 100% record into a sixth race with that sparkling Hatton’s Grace win. A horse has to be able to stay two-and-a-half miles to win the Champion Hurdle, and Honeysuckle has a good enough turn of foot to triumph over the minimum distance. She could win the Champion Hurdle, if given the opportunity.

Honeysuckle bolting up at Fairyhouse last season.

DOUVAN made his long-awaited return to action in the Clonmel Oil Chase and, despite spending the best part of two years off the track, absolutely bolted up. Willie Mullins’ nine-year-old travelled sweetly throughout his first start over two-and-a-half miles, bursting clear down the home straight before beating Jett by almost ten lengths.

Mullins currently has Chacon Pour Soi for the Champion Chase and Min for the Ryanair. Yet, if he fancied going into the Queen Mother mob-handed, there’s a strong chance Douvan will be handed the chance to capture the title which has eluded him on two occasions.

Before THISTLECRACK went chasing, he was one of my most dominant staying hurdles of the last decade. On his return to racing this season, Thistlecrack locked horns with the new champion of the division, Paisley Park, who only managed to defeat the former Stayers’ Hurdle winner by just over a length.

There were clamors after that showing for Tizzard to keep his charge over hurdles, only for the trainer to claim his owners were keen on a return to the King George. Sadly, Thistlecrack was pulled from that huge Grade One, having bruised a foot the day before. That late withdrawal could lead to connections targeting the Stayers’ Hurdle again and Thistlecrack would have a say in the matter, if he was to turn up.

Cyrname and Harry Cobden clear the last fence before going on to win the Ascot Chase in style.

Harry Cobden claimed CYRNAME was beaten as soon as the starter sent them on their way in the King George. The favourite was reluctant to bounce off, his jumping was sluggish and he simply had no answer as stablemate Clan Des Obeaux powered clear down the home straight to retain his Kempton crown.

Despite running well below his best, Cyrname still managed to finish second on his first start over three miles. Paul Nicholls’ charge also, surprisingly, jumped out to his left a few times at Kempton – an interesting development, when you consider Nicholls has been so reluctant to run his stable star on left-handed tracks.

If he was to travel to Cheltenham, the Ryanair would probably be his chosen target. Yet, being one of the highest-rated chasers in the sport, Cyrname really does deserve a crack at the Gold Cup and he would be much, much shorter than 25/1 should Nicholls decide to take his chance.