This rule does not apply to ‘pin money’ punters with only one selection to back, as they will get the hump if it finishes second and they get nothing at all back, even though the return will probably only just cover the outlay! Past experience: Don’t worry if your fancy has never tackled the race or run over the course before – Red Rum won first time out in the event, and you can overdo the previous experience card.


Mordin suggested using horses which score 55 or more points as a basis for finding the winner, and explained, ‘Some of them, I concede, look a bit odd. But believe me, they work.’ Bet to win: Rather than back one or two each- way, back two or four to win.


Get heavy: If the going gets heavy, form can go out of the window – time to back a couple of outsiders. Never be intimidated from having a bet because you are a betting shop novice – either bet online or remember that betting shops want your business and, of all days, staff are ready, willing and able to be gentle with virgins on National day. He hasn’t won it yet – but Tony McCoy WILL do a Frankie Dettori – who had never won the Derby until 2007 – and eventually win the biggest race in his chosen sport. So always have at least a couple of quid on him so that you can celebrate along with AP when it happens.