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IT'S the four-day horse racing event that the professional punters relish - and now we're giving YOU the chance to WIN BIG with pounds 20 of FREE BETS on this year's Cheltenham Festival! We've teamed up with betNOW to give you these fantastic free flutters. And it couldn't be easier. Whether you fancy one of the big favourites like Kauto Star or Exotic Dancer, or a big-priced outsider, back up your choice with this amazing offer. We're giving you pounds 20 of FREE BETS in total. You need to place your first pounds 10 of FREE BETS before midnight on Thursday, and then you will receive a second pounds 10 of FREE BETS which you can use on Friday. But you don't have to wait until the Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday before you start betting with your first pounds 10 of FREE BETS - you can even start betting TODAY on the Gold Cup Antepost.

Just follow the simple instructions below...


IT'S so simple. You place your FREE BETS by text message from a mobile phone. Text Betting is the quickest and easiest way to place a bet - and our exclusive Cheltenham offer is COMPLETELY FREE - so why not give it a try? There's no registration or subscription and you don't have to download any complicated software. Here's how it works:


1 TO BET, just text the word CHELTENHAM to 89808 before midnight TONIGHT.

2 You will receive a welcome message from betNOW giving you your first pounds 10 of Free Bets credit.

3 You will then receive another text message with the betting options for the GOLD CUP Antepost eg.


4You can use your pounds 10 of Free Bets at a minimum pounds 3 per bet OR all pounds 10 in one punt. Just reply with the letter of your chosen bet, eg. A, followed by the amount you want to place. So to bet pounds 10 your reply text would say A 10. If you do not text an amount it will automatically become a pounds 3 bet. But don't worry - if you bet pounds 3 you will still have a balance of pounds 7 Free Bets credit to use before midnight Thursday.

5 You MUST have bet all of the first pounds 10 of Free Bets by the end of racing on Thursday to get the SECOND pounds 10 of Free Bets. You will get the SECOND pounds 10 of Free Bets credit on Friday morning. Texts you send are at your standard network rate. Texts betNOW send to you are free. Your free pounds 10 of bets can only be used during this year's Cheltenham Festival.


SAY you want to place your first pounds 10 Free Bets in one punt on Kauto Star to win the Gold Cup on Friday.

In your first message, text the word CHELTENHAM to 89808.

Wait to receive your reply text with the betting options and possible returns

Then reply with a message that says A 10 to place your bet.

OR if you wish to wait and bet during the festival, text the name of a horse e.g. DENMAN or the name of a racecourse and the time of the race e.g. CHELTENHAM 3.15

When your bet has been placed you will receive a confirmation message. Any winnings can be collected in cash from any UK/NI Post Office. Text COLLECT to 89808 and follow the instructions you receive. Free Bet credits (stake) not included in any winnings.


With betNOW you can bet on ALL MAJOR SPORTS. After you've placed your bet, you can carry on betting on the Cheltenham Festival from any remaining credits, any winnings, your mobile phone bill, or credit card.

You can ALSO bet on all major sports including football, greyhound racing, rugby, golf and tennis. Just text the name of the sport you wish to place a bet on to 89808.


1 Offer is open to over 18s only.

2 Free pounds 20 of bets available on any horse race during the Cheltenham Festival from Tuesday March 11- Friday March 15, 2008. Must be placed before race starts. Late bets will not be accepted. If you do not receive a confirmation message, your bet has NOT been placed - call 0845 371 1250 10am-6pm for help.

3 Offer available only via text. Each bet placed requires two texts at your standard network rate. betNOW reply texts are free of charge. MGN Ltd will not be held responsible for any breakdown in communications systems or networks which might result in a Free bet not being registered or a text message not being received.

4 Open to NEW betNOW customers only. STRICTLY restricted to pounds 20 Free bets credit per reader during entire Cheltenham Festival (NOT per reader per race. NOT per reader per day).

5 Free bet winnings can be withdrawn in cash from a UK/NI Post Office or retained as account credit (reader's choice). Free bet stake is not included in any winnings but is retained by the winner and can be used for subsequent bets.

6 Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Free bet cannot be exchanged for cash.

7 betNOW terms and conditions apply, see

8 Standard Trinity Mirror plc Rules apply, see


HOT FAVOURITES: Kauto Star (left) and Exotic Dancer go in the Gold Cup on Friday at 3.15
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2008
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