The whole nation loves a bet on the Derby and everyone seems to have their own method for making their selection.
For many it will be their only bet of the year and so their choice may be based on nothing more scientific than their lucky number, their house number, or the name of a friend or relative.
Similarly, the rather politically incorrect “housewives choice” is unlikely to emerge after long nights of studying the formbook, but will instead be a grey, or be based on the jockey or trainer like Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori or Sir Michael Stoute.
Believe it or not, however, as our trends section shows, it is possible to apply an element of science to the selection process and whilst, as the saying goes, there are lies, damn lies and statistics, it is hard to ignore certain of the historical trends.
The other thing to bear in mind if you intend to have a bet before the day of the big race is that, of the horses entered (see the entries), you need to try to find one that is guaranteed to make the line up. As always, well fancied horses will drop out right up to the day of the race due to injury, illness, loss of form etc. Horses not originally entered can also be subsequently supplemented for the races, at additional cost to their owners, creating a further conundrum for punters solve.