The 2015 Cheltenham Festival is just a couple of weeks away, and bookies are starting to turn their focus to the biggest week in UK horseracing.
Paddy Power's put out two early specials to get the punters in, offering money back specials on two of the Grade 1 races scheduled for the first day of racing.
First up is the Supreme Novices Hurdle where Paddy is offering to refund all losing single stakes as free bets if Douvan takes the win. Douvan is one of the leading contenders for the race, travelling to Cheltenham on the back of three consecutive wins, including a win at Punchestown last time out.
The second race where Paddy's going for broke is the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the first Grade 1 chase of the meeting. Paddy Power will refund all losing bets on this race if Un De Sceaux takes the win.
This offer deserves to be taken seriously as Un De Sceaux is the odds on favourite to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy, currently trading at 4/7 across the board. This race tends to favour the class acts in the field, and with a Racing Post Rating of 181 he looks like a banker.
To take advantage of these two specials you'll need to use the horse on offer as your main bet, and then back another entry who you think could cause an upset.
If you do this you'll get the payout if the favourite wins, and have your side bet refunded. If the favourite doesn't win, you'll still have an opportunity to win if your side bet causes the upset.