July 30 Racing Tips: Wink Of An Eye to improve at Goodwood

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back to give you a helping hand in finding a winner on day four of Goodwood and also in the evening meeting at Bath on Friday, July 30.

Let's hope you are not too battered and bruised from the battles with the Goodwood bookies. Maybe some of Luke's hot selections below will help you out.

And if you don't like any of our fancies below, then you can hop over to our feature on the Goodwood Festival which has some more tips and pointers for day four and beyond.

Also check out Planet Sport Bet's fantastic 'neck and neck' offer that should soften the blow a little if your horse comes a close second.

Here's a quick snapshot of what we are tipping today, click on the horse's name to place a bet with Planet Sport Bet:

Elysian Flame (1.50 Goodwood)

Wink Of An Eye (5.20 Goodwood)

Ginger Jam (8.10 Bath)

1.50 Goodwood - Elysian Flame

Elder says: "Day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival starts off with the 1.50 - their staying handicap of the week over two miles, four furlongs and an extra half a furlong on top of that.

"Generally, it's a pretty competitive race. This year is no different to that, but we're going to side somewhere towards the top of the market with Elysian Flame, who comes here in decent form.

"Obviously, you go back to his hurdles form, and he won at Carlisle a few starts ago, followed that up with a win at Newbury.

"Things didn't quite go right - had a couple of setbacks. He was aimed for a valuable race at Musselburgh - that didn't really materialise.

"But, since that win at Newbury Elysian Flame has done very little wrong. Was fifth in the Chester Plate - a track that didn't really suit him, and he did run on late on in the day a couple of outings ago.

"And ran a cracker at Royal Ascot as well, when just - once again - getting going a little bit too late.

"But he ticks all the right boxes. Stamina - that's going to be no sort of issue. Danny Tudhope's ridden a winner so far this week. Again, that is no problem whatsoever.

"I don't think Goodwood will be any sort of issue, I do think that Elysian Flame is one that really does fit the bill for this sort of race.

"If we're looking elsewhere, when the ground gets soft, and there is meant to be a bit more rain ahead of day four, and also throughout the course of the afternoon, Coeur De Lion could go close, but there are a few that you could bring into the likes of this race, the likes of Withhold as well should be there, there abouts.

"But for win purposes, we'll side with Elysian Flame."

5.20 Goodwood - Wink Of An Eye

Elder says: "Time for the final race now of day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, with the 5.20 contest.

"That's a handicap over a mile-and-three-furlongs, the extended mile-and-three-furlongs at that.

"I think that will suit Wink Of An Eye, who has been running very well as of late, and is on a four-timer bid here, and overcame the odds last time around.

"Was off a seven pounds lower mark at Sandown. Turning for home you were thinking absolutely no chance Wink Of An Eye's got here, but took off pretty nicely down the outside of the field, and won - in the end - very comfortably.

"Now, obviously, this is going to be a stiffer race, and you do think Wink Of An Eye will have to improve, but I can see that coming.

"Not often off a mark of 87 do you get to say that a horse could potentially be a group horse in a handicap, this could well fit that bill.

"If we're looking elsewhere, we could go Bill Peyto at a bit of a price as well.

"He's only run three times - did win a couple of outings ago, and did run well at Chester last time around. I don't think that track really suited him, and did say on late in the day, probably not in a bad contest either.

"So if you're looking for one at a price each way, Bill Peyto will be that one, but I do think Wink Of An Eye could be rather good off this mark."

8.10 Bath - Ginger Jam

Elder says: "A change of tack now for the final selection of the day, away from the South Downs of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, we're heading over to Bath for the 8.10.

"A bit of a wait for this final selection as well, but hopefully a worthwhile one with Ginger Jam.

"Who we did see fairly recently running in the jump jockeys Nunthorpe, ridden by Bryony Frost on that occasion. That wasn't a bad effort, got buffeted around late on in the day.

"Travelled well throughout that race as well, and I do think there was a fair bit of promise from that contest.

"Shaped well the time before, and also three runs ago, did manage to win here at Bath. I think this is a track that really does play to his strengths.

"He really wants races that are almost collapsing in front of him, then he can travel into the race pretty powerfully and try and pick things up late on in the day.

"That's how I think things might happen. Fernando Rah could well help set up that pace as well.

"He's likely to go off a fairly short priced favourite for the Clive Cox team. Hector Crouch managed to get him to win last time around, and he retains the ride once again this afternoon.

"So it is going to be tough, but I don't think Fernando Rah has really done anything to point towards him being an 82 rated horse at the moment; yes he had a big reputation when his career started, but he's had a few problems, mainly with the stalls, so be watching that at the starts with him as well as well.

"So I think there are question marks around Fernando Rah and with that, we'll side with Ginger Jam."

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