By William Hill
Last Updated: 29th May 2019
The sporting calendar often throws up a bumper day of action and Saturday 1st June is turning the dial right up to 11.
Seventh heaven for O’Brien?
The day starts with the Derby, a unique test given the undulations of the Epsom Downs track, especially going around the sweeping Tattenham Corner, over this stiff 1m4f trip.
Aidan O’Brien will look to claim his seventh Derby win with Sir Dragonet. The son of Camelot was an emphatic winner of the Chester Vase and that victory ticks boxes ahead of the Derby.
Broome and Anthony Van Dyck are two other O’Brien contenders, but further down the betting come Dante winner Telecaster and Andrew Balding’s Bangkok, who have close form ties and are both sired by Derby winners.
Don’t get carried away with favourites. The last to win was Golden Horn in 2015, while the last two years have seen winners at 16/1 and 40/1.
Get ready for more Champions League drama
All eyes will then turn to Madrid, where Liverpool and Tottenham will contest the second all-English Champions League final.
Both sides have come to life in the knockout stages of this year’s competition, with their semi-final second-leg comebacks against Barcelona and Ajax two of the most memorable games in recent history.
Tottenham have consistently impressed under Mauricio Pochettino and are 3/1 to win inside 90 minutes. Much of their hopes will rest on the shoulders of Harry Kane, who is battling to be fit after a recent ankle injury.
The clash will be Jürgen Klopp’s third Champions League final as a manager – he has lost his previous two. However, Liverpool have beaten Tottenham 2-1 twice this season, and they are 15/2 to win by the same scoreline in Madrid.
AJ to shine on US debut?
William Hill ambassador Anthony Joshua will then take centre stage as he makes his US debut at Madison Square Garden against late replacement Andy Ruiz.
Much of the smart money will be on an early stoppage for AJ – whose 95% KO ratio is superior to past icons of the division like Sonny Liston, George Foreman and Mike Tyson. You can get 10/1 on a stoppage for AJ in round 1, and 5/2 on a stoppage in rounds 1-3.
The key to the fight will be whether AJ can establish his jab and keep Ruiz at range. If he can methodically break Ruiz down in the early rounds, a KO could be on the cards later in the fight. It’s 10/3 on AJ to stop it between rounds 7-9. We’re top price guaranteed on round betting too.