The 2012 Cheltenham Festival is just a month away now and some of the major online bookmakers are starting to offer some fantastic markets for punters. Bet365 have jumped the gun and are now offering punters Non Runner, No Bet markets for the four Championship races at the Festival. The Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the World Hurdle and the Gold Cup are the biggest markets of the week and punters can now have a worry free bet. Any bet placed on the four Championship races at the Festival with Bet365 will now be refunded if the horse doesnt turn up for that specific race. It's a great betting concession at this stage of the season with final Cheltenham plans still being firmed up by many trainers across the country.
One horse who could be affected by the Non Runner, No Bet concession is Grands Crus whose Cheltenham plan is still up in the air. There are plenty of punters out there looking to back the novice for the Gold Cup but the RSA Chase is also a distinct possibility for the brilliant grey. Punters wanting to back Grand Crus with Bet365 for the Gold Cup will be safe in the knowledge that should he go for the RSA Chase their initial stake will be refunded. At the moment we have three strong favourites for the Champion Hurdle, the Champion chase and the World Hurdle with last years winners being backed for repeat success in 2012. Hurricane Fly is looking for a second Champion Hurdle win while the same can be said of Sizing Europe in the Champion Chase who looks like the one to beat at this stage. The World Hurdle Betting is being dominated by the great Big Bucks who is gunning for a remarkable fourth successive win the race this season.