Big Festival meetings mean bookmakers bludgeoning each other to death with special punter concessions.
And that means it's time for us to avail ourselves of their periodic generosity.
Below is my pick of the concessions: if you're serious about trying to win at Royal Ascot, you ought to be shopping around for the best price and the best deal.
I've added a few comments on the right hand side about how and why I'll be using each concession (if I'll be using it).
Click the link in the first column to grab the offer, whether you're a new or existing customer.
Hope this is useful to some of you?
|Bookie||Sign up Special||Royal Ascot Offers||Rating||Geegeez says...|
|bet365||bet365 will match your first deposit up to £200 with free bets||1. Price match high street bookies from 10am each day|
2. Back a winner at 4/1 or more in ANY Royal Ascot race, and a get a free bet to the same stake on the next race.
3. 1/4 the odds ALL races
4. Extra places on selected races
|10||Typically aggressive stance from bet365, who seek to dominate their rivals in the concession space. If you only have one account, it should be this one.|
|Paddy Power||Paddy will match your first bet with a free bet to the same stake, up to £50||1. Money back on ALL losers in the Queen Anne Stakes if odds on favourite, Animal Kingdom, wins.|
2. 1/4 the odds ALL races
|9||The Animal Kingdom offer is the best single race offer of the week (so far). If you're betting in the race, you really ought to be betting with PP.|
|BetVictor||BetVictor will match your first bet with a free bet, up to £25||1. "No Lose Hughes" - Bets refunded if Richard Hughes is placed in the race.|
2. 1/4 the odds ALL races
|8.5||Hughesie gets placed in around 25% of Royal Ascot races. Clearly, when he's on a fancied runner he gets placed more often. If you fear Hughes in the race, bet with BetVictor.|
|SkyBet||£10 completely free bet when you sign up (no deposit required)||1. 1/4 the odds ALL races|
2. Extra place terms (3.05/5.35 Tuesday)
|7.5||It's a free tenner bet. Oh, and IT'S A FREE TENNER BET!!|
|Ladbrokes||Bet £10 and get £30 in free bets||1. Money back in any Royal Ascot race if your horse finishes second||7||I suffer from seconditis. I really should bet with Ladbrokes. If you suffer from seconditis, you should bet with Ladbrokes too.|
|Racebets||First deposit matched up to £100||1. Happy Hour between 12 and 1pm: top price ALL horses in race of the day.|
2. Frankie Bonus: 10% added to winnings on any Dettori-ridden winner
3. Head to head betting. Finish second last and still get paid (as long as your match bet rival is last!)
|7||Plenty of interesting concessions, and a very healthy signup bonus for new accounts.|
|Stan James||Bet £10, Get £10||1. Top price promotion each day (King's Stand on Tuesday)|
2. 1/4 the odds on ALL Royal Ascot races
|7||Top price is top price, and as they're Best Odds Guaranteed as well, you're sure to have the best odds on your fancy.|