It’s been a great week so far despite the uncertain weather and that looks set to continue as the Nassau Stakes looks a small but quality field.

Nick Luck has run his eye over five races from Goodwood Day 3.

Goodwood

TARAASHOQ gets the nod in Thursday’s Goodwood opener (1.50) at 15/2. Although the stable has not been quite as prolific as usual of late, this is a guaranteed improver at the trip, having been kept at a mile so far. He clearly had no chance behind his hugely talented stablemate Baaeed at Leicester, then seemed to appreciate a bit more cut in the ground when readily getting off the mark at Nottingham. Well on top at the finish that day, the handicapper might have underestimated him.

EBRO RIVER looks a decent enough price in the Richmond (2.25) at 11/2. From a stable in good form, he has clearly found the ground a little too quick in his last two races, but has still run respectably. He has plenty of pace, however, and this track should play to his strengths provided James Doyle can find a little cover and deliver him late. Had he not hung away his chance in the July Stakes, he may well have beaten Asymmetric, yet is a considerably bigger price here.

YIBIR is my idea of the winner of the Gordon Stakes (3.00) at 9/2. Boasting smart form in the spring, he nonetheless looked a bit wayward, so it was really pleasing to see him run so honestly and hit the line hard when taking the Bahrain Trophy on his first run since a gelding operation. He looks to have had the perfect prep for this race, while Third Realm (who’ll be backed because he beat Adayar earlier in the year) comes off a layoff and Wordworth has had two pretty hard races of late.

LADY BOWTHORPE is surely the play at the prices in the Nassau Stakes (3.35) at 3/1. While I have great regard for Audarya, the selection boasts the better form this season, and her luckless run in the Falmouth Stakes was hardly let down by the principals in the Sussex on Wednesday. In addition, she has every chance of improving at ten furlongs as a daughter of Nathaniel, while the ground should be just about perfect for her.

ADJUVANT can take a really competitive nursery (4.10) at 4/1. He doesn’t look that straightforward and has been a bit edgy at the stalls on his two starts, but he’s roared home on both occasions in the manner of a horse who has quite a bit more to give off this sort of mark. He beat a horse comfortably at Salisbury that in turn bolted up next time at Beverley, and there’s every chance he belongs in a higher grade than this.

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