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Cheltenham Festival 2018 Offer (Day 2) – Ladbrokes

Posted by Matt (administrator) Matt
Start Time: 14/03/2018 13:30

The Cheltenham Festival 2018 continues on Wednesday with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and you don’t want to miss this Double Winnings offer from Ladbrokes! Place a single bet on the 13:30 at Cheltenham and if our horse wins, Ladbrokes will double our winnings as a free bet, up to a maximum of £25.00. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a guaranteed profit of £5.85 and here’s how…

Banner showing the Ballymore Novices Hurdle 2018 offer from Ladbrokes

The Terms:

If you’re unsure about how to place qualifying bets, check out my Qualifying Bet Strategy page for a walk-through guide on how they should be done.

Qualifying bets must be placed between 17:00 on Tuesday 13th March 2018 and 13:30 (race off) on Wednesday 14th March 2018, to be eligible.

To qualify, we must place a single bet on the 13:30 at Cheltenham. If our selection wins the race, Ladbrokes will double our winnings in free bets, up to a maximum of £25.00. Free bets due of £20.00 or more, will be be split into two equal free bets. If eligible, free bets will be credited within 24 hours of our bet being settled and will be valid for 24 hours. Free bet stakes are not included in any returns.

Qualifying Bet:

It’s entirely up to you which horse you go for. Having looked at the odds available, we could place our qualifying bet on Samcro.

In order to work out our back stake, we need to divide £25.00 by 0.667 (back odds minus 1.00). This gives us a back stake of £37.48. It’s best that we stick to round numbers when placing our qualifying bet, so we should stake £40.00 instead.

We need to work out our effective back odds given that if our horse wins, we’ll be getting double winnings paid as a free bet.

If Samcro wins, we’ll receive £66.68 cash plus a £25.00 free bet. By using straightforward matched betting, we should be able to extract 75% of the £25.00 free bet as cash, so £18.75, giving us overall cash returns of £85.43. We then just need to divide £85.43 by our stake of £40.00, which gives us effective back odds of 2.136.

I like to place my exchange lay bets with Betfair as they have great liquidity in the run up to races and the site is really easy to use.

We can calculate our lay stake by entering our effective back odds of 2.136 into my matched betting calculator…

Back Bet (Bookie)


Lay Bet (Betting Exchange)


Min £
Max £
Lay stake required: £
If back (bookie) bet wins
= £
If lay (exchange) bet wins
= £

Total profit: £

Optimal Underlay

Lay stake required: £
Exchange liability: £

If back (bookie) bet wins: £
If lay (exchange) bet wins: £

Optimal Overlay

Lay stake required: £
Exchange liability: £

If back (bookie) bet wins: £
If lay (exchange) bet wins: £

As you can see, the calculator tells us that our lay stake should be £48.27…

Ladbrokes logo

Place £40.00 on Samcro @ 1.667 = Potential profit of £26.68

Betfair logo

Lay £48.27 on Samcro @ 1.82 = Potential liability of £39.58


Let’s have a look at our potential profit/loss for the possible outcomes…

Samcro wins + £26.68 – £39.58 + £18.75 (extract 75% from our £25.00 in free bets) = £5.85 profit
Samcro doesn't win - £40.00 + £45.85 = £5.85 profit

So, regardless of the outcome, we’ll make a guaranteed profit of £5.85 on this Ladbrokes Double Winnings offer!

If you’re unsure how to extract 75% cash from £25.00 in free bets, check out my Free Bet Strategy page for a walk-through guide on how it should be done.

* See my Horse Racing Offers page for a full list of money back offers available today! *

* Samcro won the race, resulting in a profit of £5.85 on this Ladbrokes offer. *

Terms & Conditions:

18+. UK&IE only. Promo period 17:00 13.3.18 – 13:30 14.3.18. Certain deposit methods excluded. Single bet on Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle excluding Forecasts, Tricasts or Tote Dividend = double winnings as free bet up to £/€25. Additional winnings as free bet only (stake removed). Free bet used on Horse Racing only. Single free bets only. Free bet credited within 24 hours. Free bet valid for 24 hours. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.


  1. G

    Is the offer still valid if you use the odds boost?

    1. Matt

      There’s nothing in the terms to say it isn’t.

  2. simon

    struggling to understand this one, the other offers use the risk free calculator and struggling to understand this one. Could you give me a quick guide how to work it please. I have read the description but still didn’t go in. thanks

  3. simon

    samcro is 1.7 with boost, samcro 1.81 with betfair any help would be appreciated

  4. simon

    don’t worry sorted it

    1. Matt

      Hope you got on okay Simon.

  5. J

    Have people got their free bet yet?

    1. L

      I havnt yet

      1. J

        Same here, no indication of being gubbed will just have to wait I guess

        1. L

          I’m restricted so will see what happens…. Had no notification what so ever so legally they have to give me the free bet based on the recent case in the news

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