1. Bet to win: Rather than back one or two eachway, back two or four to win. 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!
2. Good going: Forget anything priced over 40/1 if the going is soft or better.
3. 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.
4. Get heavy: If the going gets heavy, form can go out of the window – time to back a couple of outsiders.
5. Ones to watch: Those who ran well at Cheltenham but without having too hard a race are worth putting on the shortlist.
6. Ones to miss: Dour stayers aren’t the best selections – they will probably stay the trip – but at a pace to suit themselves.
7. Form factor: Look for a gradual improver from a shrewd stable which has been trained just for this day, but never forget the hurly burly of this race can scupper even the best laid plans.
8. Stick to your guns: Do NOT change your mind once you have picked out a runner.
9. Talking shop: 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.
10. Real McCoy: 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.

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