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Smart stayer Rhombus can add to his gains at Nottingham by doubling up in the Royal Sussex Regiment Stakes at Goodwood.

The five-year-old gelding returned to form two and a half weeks ago and can make short shrift of a small rise in the weights in this two-mile affair.

Ismail Mohammed’s representative enjoys cut in the ground, and had conditions loaded in his favour at Nottingham on August 14.

Despite being largely unconsidered in the betting for what was a fair handicap, Rhombus showed bravery and resilience in equal measure to deny Kinema by a head.

The form looks more than satisfactory, too, as the runner-up that day did well to finish third behind Wadi Al Hattawi in a much better race at Newmarket on Saturday.

With Goodwood, a track at which he has won before, highly unlikely to be riding quick, Rhombus can carry on the good work off a 3lb higher mark.

Whatever the ground is, it is unlikely to be as bad as that Lightsome had to endure on her first run and she is expected to go one place better in the EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The Clive Cox-trained two-year-old had to settle for second to Sharja Queen, but that in itself was no disgrace as the winner had found only the runaway Lumiere too good first time out at Newmarket.

And as the ground had turned heavy after lots of rain, there was quite a bit to admire about the way the selection kept going late on and she should be seen to much better effect on this occasion.

Locally-based Amanda Perrett is always to be respected at this track and a winner looks on the cards in the shape of Mill Point, who goes in the Gentrack Velocity Maiden Stakes.

Given a nice introduction at Kempton, there was merit in the way she made late progress to be third. There is every possibility this longer trip will see her in an even better light.

Deauville Prince should be backed in the Terry Mills & John Akehurst Handicap at Epsom.

* Selections:

Epsom: 2.00 Galesburg, 2.30 Nice Future, 3.05 Deauville Prince, 3.35 Calima Breeze, 4.10 Mishghar, 4.40 Next Stop.

Goodwood: 2.10 Lightsome, 2.40 Mill Point, 3.15 Blossomtime, 3.45 Palawan, 4.20 RHOMBUS (NAP), 4.55 See The Storm, 5.25 Sword Of The Lord.

Hamilton: 2.20 Colour Me Happy, 2.50 Sarah Joyce, 3.25 Miningrocks, 4.00 Mawjood, 4.30 Dhaular Dhar, 5.05 First To Post, 5.35 French Press.

Newton Abbot: 5.15 Matrow’s Lady, 5.45 Theatre Goer, 6.15 The Kings Assassin, 6.45 Moon Trip, 7.15 Gambol, 7.45 Arthur Burrell.

Double: Rhombus and Deauville Prince.