ITV Racing Betting Offers – Free Bets & Money Back

goodwood2As of the 1st January 2017 ITV is now the primary free to watch TV racing broadcaster in the United Kingdom, replacing Channel 4 who have shown continuous racing since the 22nd March 1984.

The decision not to renew by Channel 4 was influenced, in part, by low viewing figures and it is hoped ITV will now be able to bring racing to a larger more mainstream audience.

This change has little effect on the current, hugely valuable, live TV racing offers from top UK online bookmakers. Betting sites provide generous price promises and free bets on live racing because the audience and the size of their book is bigger for live events in general, and this allows them to offer better odds and money back deals.

It ultimately matters little to the bookie who the broadcaster actually is, all they care about is that more people are interested in these race. Therefore all the great old C4 offers will continue running only under the name ITV racing offers.

Best ITV Racing Free Bets & Offers

Offer Details Visit
2 Clear – 15% Flat Racing Bonus During the flat season William Hill’s 2 Clear offer pays a 15% bonus on 2+ length winners, in cash, up to £100. Applies to all ITV + other races. Visit William Hill
Beaten By Length Money Back Back any horse in a live ITV flat race and should it come in second by one length or less win stake back from £10 up to £25 (as a free bet) in each race. Visit coral
Stake Back Second Win stakes from £5 (£2.50 E/W) up to a maximum of £25 refunded in all ITV or ITV4 races with 6+ runners (as a free bet).  Free Bets valid for 24 hours, claim multiple times. Visit betway
High 5 – Stake Refund & Bonus For all televised ITV races during the jump season get a 25% winnings bonus up to £100 if your horse wins by 5 lengths+ OR money back up to £25 if you are second. Visit William Hill
Free Bets For 3/1+ Winners Pick out any 3/1+ winner (SP) in an ITV race and get a free bet for the next live race, equal to the same stake value, up to £25.  Claim as much as you want. Visit Betfair
1/4 Odds (All) MB 2nd Handicaps Quarter the odds for all each-way bets for live races (no maximum stake or claim limit), all ITV handicaps also have money back second (as a free bet) up to £25. Visit Racebets

It is also likely new offers will be launched throughout 2017 for ITV racing and going by the current value of live racing offers I would expect these to be unmissable. Keep an eye on this page and I will update all new offers as they come out.

ITV Racing Major Meetings 2017

It came as a shock to many when it was announced, one year ago, that ITV would be replacing Channel 4 as the main free to air horse racing broadcaster in the UK.

In many ways, this wasn’t that much of a shock. Channel 4 audiences for the big events have been in decline since they acquired them from the BBC in 2013, events like Champions Day, which drew in an audience of 1,100,000 back in 2013, had dropped below 400,000 this year.

The decision by Channel 4 not to renew their tenure seems to have been mutually beneficial with the rights owners. This coinciding with new interest from the more middle-of-the-road ITV also offered new ways to display top level racing to more people and it is hoped by all that this pays off.

It is fun to watch racing on TV, never mind the great value promotions top races attract, and it would be a shame to see the death of free to air racing in the UK. Like many sports once it goes it may never come back.

The Challow Hurdle at Newbury will be the very last race broadcast on Channel 4 December 31st. The next day’s racecard, the New Year’s Day card, at Cheltenham will be broadcast live on ITV.

Live ITV Racing 2017

NOTE – Table shows live racing on ITV only, most races and meetings (around 90%) will be broadcast on ITV4.

Date Meeting 1 Meeting 2 Feature Race/Event
Sunday 1st January Cheltenham Musselburgh
Tuesday 14th March Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle
Wednesday 15th March Cheltenham Festival Queen Mother Champion Chase
Thursday 16th March Cheltenham Festival The World Hurdle
Friday 17th March Cheltenham Festival Cheltenham Gold Cup
Thursday 6th April Aintree Grand National Aintree Hurdle
Friday 7th April Aintree Grand National Melling Chase
Saturday 8th April Aintree Grand National Grand National
Saturday 22nd April Ayr Newbury Scottish Grand National
Saturday 29th April Sandown Haydock Jumps Finale
Saturday 6th May Newmarket Goodwood 2,000 Guineas
Sundaay 7th May Newmarket Hamilton 1,000 Guineas
Saturday 20th May Newbury Newmarket Lockinge
Friday 2nd June Epsom Derby Meeting Oaks Stakes
Saturday 3rd June Epsom Derby Meeting Derby Stakes
Tuesday 20th June Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes
Wednesday 21st June Royal Ascot Prince of Wales Stakes
Thursday 22nd June Royal Ascot The Gold Cup
Friday 23rd June Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes
Saturday 24th June Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Saturday 1st July Newcastle Newmarket Northumberland Plate
Saturday 8th July Sandown Haydock Eclipse
Saturday 15th July Newmarket Ascot & York Super Saturday
Saturday 29th July Ascot York King George
Tuesday 1st August Glorious Goodwood Lennox & Vintage Stakes
Wednesday 2nd August Glorious Goodwood Sussex Stakes
Thursday 3rd August Glorious Goodwood Goodwood Cup
Friday 4th August Glorious Goodwood King George Stakes
Saturday 5th August Glorious Goodwood Nassau Stakes
Wednesday 23rd August Ebor Festival Juddmonte Stakes
Thursday 24th August Ebor Festival Yorkshire Oaks
Friday 25th August Ebor Festival Nunthorpe Stakes
Saturday 26th August Ebor Festival Ebor Heritage Handicap
Saturday 9th September Haydock, Ascot Kempton Sprint Cup
Saturday 16th September Doncaster Chester St Leger
Saturday 14th October Newmarket York Dewhurst
Saturday 21st October Ascot British Champions Day
Saturday 18th November Cheltenham Open Lingfield Open Meeting
Saturday 25th November Haydock Ascot Betfair Chase
Saturday 2nd December Newbury Newcastle Hennessy Gold Cup
Tuesday 26th December Kempton Wetherby King George VI Chase