Everyone likes a good offer - whether it's happy hour in the pub or a buy one get one free special in the supermarket. And online betting, especially on horse racing, is no different with most bookies running special promotions to tempt you in.

In the grand scheme of things, there are two types of promotion - ones offered to get you to sign up and ones offered to keep you happy and coming back for more.

The first lot of promotions are known as 'welcome bonuses' or 'sign up bonuses' and, as the name suggests, you can only claim them when signing up to the betting site for the first time. We cover these in more detail on our free bets page.

The second set of offers are the one's that are the focus of this page - these are offers that are open to everyone, regardless of whether you've just signed up, or you've been betting with a site for donkeys years. The technical term for these promos is 'retention offers', but they're more commonly referred to as 'money back specials'.

Below you'll find a list of ongoing horse racing offers - ie: those that are available all the time. Making yourself aware of what's available and placing your bets accordingly can make a big difference to your winnings (or reduce your losses). Many bookmakers also run special 'one off' promotions around specific horse races, with the big festivals attracting the most attention.

We often list relevant promotions in the tips articles for the bigger events (normally in the overviews of a festival or day), but you can also see an up-to-date list of horse racing offers here (including one-offs).

  • ITV 4/1 Free Bet - At Bet365 you can get a free bet every time you successfully back a horse on the nose at 4/1 or more in a race that's televised live on ITV or ITV 4. The free bet will be for the same value as your winning bet (up to a maximum of £50) and must be used to bet on the next televised race.
  • Featured 4/1 Free Bet - As above, but applies to specific races that aren't shown live on Channel 4. There are usually one or two per day for you to choose from, and there is a list in the promo section of the Bet365 website. As with the other offer, your free bet will be for the same value as your qualifying bet (max £50) and must be placed on the next featured race.
  • Free Bets For Winners - Another promotion similar to the two above, but this time from Coral. Their 'Free Bets For Winners' offer runs most weeks (but not all) on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Back a winner at odds of 3/1 in any of the featured races from the list on the Coral website and you'll get a free bet (max £10) to use on a race from the evening meeting.
  • Lucky 15, 31 & 63 Price Boosts - This offer from Totesport makes them the place to go if you're thinking of placing a Lucky 15, 31 or 63. If only one of your horses win (and the others lose) meaning you only get paid out on the single, then you'll get paid out at bigger odds of 3x (Lucky 15), 4x (Lucky 31) or 5x (Lucky 63) for that horse.
  • Money Back If Your Horse Falls - Here's another one from Coral. Back any horse in a UK jumps race using their mobile site (eg: via your phone or tablet) and you'll get your money back as a free bet (max £25) if the horse falls.

As with most offers, there tend to be conditions attached to these promotions - such as minimum odds, maximum refunds or special requirements (eg: must be placed on a bookies mobile site). So make sure you read the terms and conditions (and understand them) before diving in head first!