Hurricane Fly takes on nine challengers as he bids to retain his Champion Hurdle crown on the opening day of the 2012 Cheltenham Festival
The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is commonly referred to as Champion Hurdle Day as that is the day's feature race. This year's renewal promises to be a thriller with Irish superstar Hurricane Fly looking to defend his title although he will be pushed hard by 2010 Champion Hurdle winner Binocular plus the likes of Oscars Well and Rock On Ruby.
will be hoping they can bounce back after a disastrous result in the Arkle, although customers continue to make the most of their free bet offers.
Ladbrokes are guaranteeing to be the best price on every runner in the 2012 Champion Hurdle. The Magic Sign are also giving all new customers who register using bonus code MAXIMUMBONUS £150 in free bets.
bet365 are paying out each way bets on the Champion Hurdle to three places at 1/4 odds and the firm are also running their 4/1+ free bet offer on the race. If you back the winner of the race at odds of 4/1 or greater then you will receive a free bet of the same value on the next race (the Cross Country Handicap Chase). New customers can also receive £200 in free bets when they open a new account using bonus code MAXIMUMBONUS.
Sky Bet are giving all new customers a £10 no deposit required free bet with £50 in additional free bets also available. There is no need to make any deposit, simply register a new account and they will credit you with £10 to start building your balance.
Bet Victor are paying 1/4 odds on the first three places in the 2012 Champion Hurdle. They are also offering all new customers up to £100 in free bets which can be used on the race and are best price on more runners than any of their competitors.
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are offering a money back special on the Arkle but they are also offering a £200 free bet to all customers that open a new account using bonus code MAXIMUMBONUS. All new customers who wager £20 on roulette will also be eligible for an additional £5 free bet on the 2012 Champion Hurdle.
Coral are giving all new customers a free £50 bet every day during the Cheltenham Festival, which is a total of £200 in free bets. The first of these can be used on the 2012 Champion Hurdle.
Boylesports are offering all new customers a £40 free bet on the Champion Hurdle and are also running their hugely popular 'Every Second Counts' promotion. The firm will refund all losing bets on the race if your selection fails to win the race but finishes second.
Sporting Bet are offering all new customers a £50 risk free bet on the 2012 Champion Hurdle. Simply open an account, place your bet and if it loses then the firm will refund your stake.