Royal Ascot is the most highly attended racing festival in the UK and takes place over 5 days in June. With 8 group 1 races, it is a major highlight in the flat racing calendar. Yesbets is here to bring you all the latest Ascot free bets and promotions that the bookmakers have to offer, bringing you more value than anyone else. What’s more we’ll show you which promotions are available for new customers and which offers are for existing customers, so you can pick and choose the offers that are right for you.
The following free bets for Royal Ascot are available to existing customers, so if you already have an account with any of the bookmakers listed below you can fill your boots. Royal Ascot is one of the largest race meetings of the year, so you can expect the bookies to release plenty of offers throughout the duration of the event. Check back each morning to see what’s available and get yourself some extra value.
No current existing customer offers
If you don’t have many betting accounts, take a look at the promotions for new customers available during Royal Ascot below. To take advantage of these free bets, you must not already have an account with the bookmaker you’re interested in betting with.
If you are familiar with horse racing betting offers already, you can expect to see a lot of the most popular promotions running across the 5 day event. It’s not quite as frantic as The Cheltenham Festival, but there will be plenty of free bets for you to take advantage of. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to find.
Pick a Winner at 3/1 or 4/1 and Get a Free Bet
A Popular offer with Betfair and Bet365 respectively, you pick a horse to win and if it does (and is over the quoted price to trigger the offer) you will receive a free bet.
For the Betfair offer, you need to pick a horse above odds of 3/1 or above. If it goes on to win the race, you will receive a free bet up to the value of £25 (the free bet will equal the amount that you staked). It is important to note that the horse must go off at a price higher than 3/1 to qualify. If you backed it earlier in the day at 3/1 and it went off at 2/1 and then it went on to win, you wouldn’t qualify for the free bet.
The Bet365 offer works in much the same way, with a couple of slightly different rules. Firstly you must back a horse at odds of 4/1 or above and if it wins you get a free bet of up to £50 determined by the value of your stake. The crucial difference with Bet365’s offer is that criteria for qualifying for a bet of 4/1 or above is determined at the time that you place the bet. So if you back a horse at 4/1 in the morning, but it goes off at 3/1, you will still qualify for the offer. If you do pick a winner at 4/1 or above and it wins, you need to place a bet on the next race with your own money and if it loses you will receive a refund. Note the free bet is only available on the next qualifying race.
2nd Place Refunds
2nd place refunds used to be a lot more readily available throughout the racing calendar. Sadly they are now normally only available for weekend racing and during the major meetings. Because Ascot is one of those major events in the horse racing calendar, you can expect to find a fair few 2nd place refund promotions from the major bookies. The likes of Sporting Bet, Unibet, Betway, Bwin and Skybet will usually run 2nd place refund offers on selected races during Royal Ascot, usually on ITV races (or selected ITV races).
To take advantage of a second place refund, you back a horse to win and if it comes 2nd you will receive a free bet equivalent to your stake. You treat it as a form of insurance for your bet if you will. Look for races with strong favourites to back and if they come 2nd you’ll get that refund to the value of your stake
2nd to SP Fav Refunds
The 2nd to SP refund is similar to the 2nd place refund mentioned above, but with one crucial difference. In order to trigger the free bet your horse needs to come 2nd to the starting price favourite in the race. The SP favourite is the horse with the shortest odds when the race commences.
As you’ll be no doubt aware this offer is nowhere near as valuable as a 2nd place refund promotion because there are 2 outcomes that must occur instead of just 1. Your horse must finish 2nd and the favourite must win. That said this offer can still be utilised to realise an edge for the punter. During Royal Ascot, look out for races with a very strong favourite and back another horse that is fairly short in the betting, this should give you a decent chance of either hitting the win or getting the refund.
2 Clear Bonuses
William Hill are famous for the 2 clear promotion and you can expect to see this one in full flow during Royal Ascot. Other Bookies like Betfred, Bruce Betting and 188bet have also been known to run the 2 Clear bonus on selected meetings and races, so keep your eyes peeled.
With regards to William Hill’s 2 Clear promotion, if you back a horse to win and it wins by 2 or more lengths you receive a 15% bonus on your winnings as a free bet up to the value of £100. The trade off with this offer is that stronger horses tend to have lower odds, but they generally have a greater chance of winning by 2 lengths or more. To maximise the bonus, you will tend to need to bet large amounts to maximise the £100 bonus. That said it’s a great offer, providing you pick the right horses and races.
With other bookies, the 2 Clear promotion works slightly differently. If the horse you backed wins by 2 lengths or more, you will receive a free bet to the value of your stake.
2nd By a Length Or Less Refunds
The 2nd by a length refund is popular with Coral, 188bet and Mintbet. For this offer to trigger a free bet at Royal Ascot you need to back a horse and it needs to come 2nd by a length or less. A length in horse racing is about 8 feet and a good way to check if your horse was beaten by a length or less is to look on the fast results website. Click on the race that you were betting on and then click full result. The distance will be shown in red for the horse that came second, right next to the image of the jersey. Handicap races can be good for this offer as they are normally closely contested affairs.
2nd By a Neck or Less Refunds
This is exactly the same as the promotion above but your horse needs to come second by a neck or less. A neck in horse racing terms is 0.3 of a length.