15:10 Chester

Andy Holding Selection for 15:10 Chester

SPIRIT MIXER (NAP) (best price 9/4) has looked a horse right on top of his game on his last two starts and with Callum Hutchinson continuing to thrive on the four-year-old, the combination are fancied to complete the hat trick.

Shaping as though in need of the run on his first outing for 194 days at Salisbury back in April, Andrew Balding’s gelding returned to the Wiltshire venue two weeks later to contest a similar event, but this time he made no mistake in beating three useful opponents in pretty convincing fashion. Clearly better suited to the 1m6f journey that day, he once again displayed his preference for that sort of trip with another victory at Chelmsford last time out and given the manner of his performance, it’s easy to see why the handicapper has tried to prevent further embarrassment. Despite the anticipated rise, his speed figures have been as such that it’s possible the assessor is still someway short of his true worth and with today’s track set to suit his strong-travelling nature, the in-form chestnut receives a confident vote to continue his progression.

20:00 Saturday

George Gamble Selection for Liverpool vs Real Madrid 

I do think that many are underestimating Real Madrid’s chances. They may have been second-best in the majority of their matches en route to this final, but they deserve respect for getting to this stage. However, Liverpool have been eyeing this fixture up ever since they booked their place in it. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men will have been devastated after Manchester City somehow came from 2-0 down to win and claim the Premier League title at the weekend. But they have a quick opportunity to take glory themselves and they’re not a side accustomed to letting those opportunities pass.

The ‘Reds’ are incredibly efficient and will be eager to get one over on ‘Los Blancos’. For the reasons mentioned above, I think this will be a tight game and I really like the 4/1 being offered for Liverpool to win this inside 90 minutes but with fewer than four goals being scored in total.

11 of the previous 16 UCL finals have witnessed fewer than four goals and I fancy Liverpool to add another European trophy to their cabinet. With this in mind, I’ll have half a point on this pick.