ITV Racing Betting Offers – Free Bets & Money Back

goodwood2ITV is now the primary free to watch TV racing broadcaster in the United Kingdom, replacing Channel 4 in January 2017.  Channel 4 previously broadcast continuous racing from 22nd March 1984, a lot for ITV to live up to.

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

In their first year results were promising for ITV, especially for the bigger races shown on the main channel.  Some criticism has been brought however for the high percentage of less prestigious racing that is shown on ITV4.

This change in broadcaster had little effect on the, 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.

Best ITV Racing Free Bets & Offers

Offer Details Visit
2 Clear – 15% Racing Bonus (Flat) During the flat season William Hill’s 2 Clear offer pays a 15% bonus on 2+ length winners, in free bets, up to £100. Applies to all ITV + some other races. Visit William Hill
Beaten By Length Money Back (Flat) 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
Lead At The Last (Jump) Get paid out as a winner, up to £100 in cash, if your horse is leading at the last fence but loses, applies to stakes of £5+ or £2.50+ each-way. Visit betway
Bet Boost Once Each Race William Hill give customers the option to boost any bet they like (up to £200 stake max) once in every single live race on ITV, jump and flat. Visit William Hill
Faller Insurance (Jump) Covering all ITV racing in the jump season get a stake refund as a free bet up to £25 if your horse falls, unseats or is brought down in any live ITV race. Visit coral
Boost Your Own Odds – ITV Races Boost your own odds on any horse you like for every race in major ITV meetings, max stake £200, no minimum, all extra winnings in cash. Visit ladbrokes
Stake Back Second (6+ Runners) Money back from £5 (or £.50 e/w) up to £20, as a free bet awarded within 24hrs, valid 7 days, if second in any live ITV race. Max £60/Day. Visit betway
High 5 – 15% Racing Bonus (Jump) For all televised ITV races during the jump season get a 15% winnings bonus up to £100 in free bets if your horse wins by 5 lengths+. Visit William Hill
Free Bets For 3/1+ Winners (All) 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 Each-Way In All Races Quarter the odds for all each-way bets for all live races (no maximum stake or claim limit), plus more racing specific offer than any other site. Visit Racebets

Offers change periodically, especially between the flat and jump season. Keep an eye on this page and I will update all new offers as they come out.

ITV Racing Major Meetings 2018

It came as a shock to many when it was announced 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.

Live ITV Racing 2018

Date Meeting 1 Other Meeting(s) Feature Race/Event
Monday 1st January Cheltenham Musselburgh
Saturday 3rd March Doncaster Newbury & Kelso
Tuesday 13th March Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle
Wednesday 14th March Cheltenham Festival Queen Mother Champion Chase
Thursday 15th March Cheltenham Festival The World Hurdle
Friday 16th March Cheltenham Festival Cheltenham Gold Cup
Thursday 12th April Aintree Grand National Aintree Hurdle
Friday 13th April Aintree Grand National Melling Chase
Saturday 14th April Aintree Grand National Grand National
Saturday 21st April Ayr Newbury Scottish Grand National
Saturday 29th April Sandown Haydock Jumps Finale
Saturday 5th May Newmarket Goodwood 2,000 Guineas
Sunday 6th May Newmarket Hamilton 1,000 Guineas
Saturday 19th May Newbury Newmarket Lockinge
Friday 1st June Epsom Derby Meeting Oaks Stakes
Saturday 2nd June Epsom Derby Meeting Derby Stakes
Tuesday 19th June Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes
Wednesday 20th June Royal Ascot Prince of Wales Stakes
Thursday 21st June Royal Ascot The Gold Cup
Friday 22nd June Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes
Saturday 23rd June Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Saturday 30th June Newcastle Newmarket & York Northumberland Plate
Saturday 7th July Sandown Haydock Eclipse
Saturday 14th July Newmarket Ascot & York Super Saturday
Saturday 28th July Ascot York King George
Tuesday 31st July Glorious Goodwood Lennox & Vintage Stakes
Wednesday 1st August Glorious Goodwood Sussex Stakes
Thursday 2nd August Glorious Goodwood Goodwood Cup
Friday 3rd August Glorious Goodwood King George Stakes
Saturday 4th August Glorious Goodwood Nassau Stakes
Wednesday 22nd August Ebor Festival Juddmonte Stakes
Thursday 233rd August Ebor Festival Yorkshire Oaks
Friday 24th August Ebor Festival Nunthorpe Stakes
Saturday 25th August Ebor Festival  Goodwood Ebor Heritage Handicap
Saturday 8th September Haydock Kempton & Ascot Sprint Cup
Saturday 15th September Doncaster Chester St Leger
Saturday 13th October Newmarket York Dewhurst
Saturday 20th October Ascot (Champions Day) British Champions Day
Saturday 17th November Cheltenham Lingfield November Meeting
Saturday 24th November Haydock Ascot Betfair Chase
Saturday 30th November Newbury Long Distance Hurdle
Saturday 1st December Newbury Newcastle Hennessy Gold Cup
Wednesday 26th December Kempton Wetherby King George VI Chase

NOTE – Table above shows live racing on ITV only, most races and meetings (around 90%) will be broadcast on ITV4 or ITV3.