Cheltenham Non Runner Offers

Ante-post betting is available all-year-round on the main races at the Cheltenham Festival and for all 28 races in the months leading up to the meeting. The risk of losing your stake if the horse does not run is factored into the long odds you take in the hope of securing a great value bet.

In recent years, bookmakers have started offering “non-runner – no bet” terms in the lead-up to the festival, thus reducing the risk for punters and making their Cheltenham markets more attractive. We take a closer look at the “non-runner – no bet” option and highlight the bookmakers who already offer this concession to punters.

Non Runner No Bet

Cheltenham Non Runner offers have become increasingly popular over the past ten years as bookmakers promote their Festival odds long before the meeting gets under way. There is nothing more frustrating for punters than seeing their great value ante-post bets ripped up due to a last minute injury or change of plan.

The “non runner – no bet” option takes away that risk but don’t be fooled into thinking that the bookmaker is feeling overly generous. Their revised prices with the non runner – no bet concession are noticeably shorter than the ante-post prices. For example, a horse priced at 3-1 ante-post could be on offer at 9-4 “with a run” and a horse priced at 20-1 ante-post could be trimmed to around 12-1 in the new market.

Even so, the knowledge that you will have your stake returned if your horse does not run makes plenty of appeal. There could still be some value in the non runner – no bet market, providing you are prepared to dig a bit deeper to find it.

2021 Cheltenham Non Runner No Bet

Most leading bookmakers offer this concession quite early on the four main feature races; Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

If you fancy Al Boum Photo to complete a Cheltenham Gold Cup hat-trick this season, he can be backed at 7-2 with Betfred (non-runner – no bet). That price compares favourably with a top offer of 4-1 ante-post and he seems unlikely to start at longer odds on the day. If you were impressed by the performances of stable companions Kemboy (2nd) and Melon (3rd) in the Savills Chase, they would make more appeal with the NR – No Bet proviso. Willie Mullins is likely to delay a decision on their participation until the week of the race.

Many firms do not offer Non Runner No Bet on all 28 Cheltenham races until a few days before the start of the festival. Trainers like to play their cards late in the novice events and the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival. If you keep a list of horses to follow and are unsure of their festival target, you can back them (NR – No Bet) for more than one race at Cheltenham.

Before placing your bet, check to see if the “non-runner – no bet” concession is stated in their terms and conditions for your Cheltenham wagers. Some bookmakers also offer “Best Odds Guaranteed” on Cheltenham Festival races so you will still paid out at SP if that price is better than the price on your betting slip.

Bookmakers which are non runner no bet 

Paddy Power and Betfair went non-runner no bet on all Cheltenham races from mid-January. Betfred are currently offering refunds on all stakes for non-runners in the feature race only on all four days of the meeting. Other bookmakers are certain to follow with Cheltenham Non Runner offers and we will be updating our pages accordingly.

Paddy Power

Paddy Power were among the first to go non runner – no bet on all Cheltenham Festival races for 2021. They announced this move in mid-January and adjusted their ante-post prices on all 28 Cheltenham races. Although price cuts were inevitable, their revised odds are still competitive and even match some of the ante-post prices of their chief rivals in some instances.


Betfair joined Paddy Power by going non-runner – no bet on all races at the festival meeting early in the New Year. Although both firms will lose some business through shorter prices, they have clearly calculated that it is a risk worth taking. They are confident that the Cheltenham Non Runner No Bet offer will increase turnover on races where punters might usually wait until the start of the festival.


Betfred only offer Non-runner – No Bet on “selected races” at the Cheltenham Festival 2021. These are the four feature races where their prices are broadly in line with those offered by Paddy Power and Betfair; Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Betfred are also “Best Odds Guaranteed” on all UK and Irish racing. This does not apply to ante-post bets does apply to Cheltenham non-runner no bet.

Non Runner No Bet Cheltenham 2021 Tips

The Cheltenham Non-runner offers is one of the earliest concessions made by bookmakers for the 2021 festival meeting. The option of betting Cheltenham Non Runner No Bet provides another useful avenue for punters to exploit in the run up to Cheltenham.

The big stables like Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson often have multiple entries for fancied runners and leave their options open until the last minute. For example, do they run their best novice hurdler in the Supreme or over a longer trip in the Ballymore? Their final decision may hinge on the going or whether one race looks easier than another. With “non runner – no bet”, you can safely back the horse for both races. Why not take a look at our expert tips for this year’s Cheltenham Festival before placing your first bets?

It is a similar story in the big handicap races throughout the Cheltenham Festival. Trainers will often make multiple entries in case their horse gets balloted out, for example in the Coral Cup and the Pertemps Final. The bookmakers may shave a few points off but you must balance the risks. 7-1 with a run makes more appeal than 8-1 with the risk of losing your stake if the horse does not run. Similarly, 33-1 with a run compares favourably with 40-1 and no guarantees.