Bred more for stamina than speed, Crystal Pegasus, as expected, has looked much better since being stepped up in trip this season. He shaped well at Haydock on his return to action last month, to the extent that he went like the best horse at the weights, though ultimately perhaps shorter in terms of fitness than the pair who denied him what looked a sure-fire success.
He was sent off odds-on on the back of that effort at Pontefract recently, and though he didn’t necessarily build on his recent performance, he may not have disappointed to the extent it initially seemed given that the winner was clearly progressive. He remains a maiden after five runs but this step up in trip should suit and he is still the clear form pick.
Singing The Blues ran creditably on a couple of occasions since the resumption before capitalising on a falling mark to return to winning ways at Bath earlier this month, seen to good effect from the front and scoring in convincing fashion. Singing The Blues won over this course and distance last year and has been shaping as though in need of a race with the emphasis more on stamina, so this step back up in trip should suit.
Daniel Muscutt gave him a cracking ride last time and always seems to get a tune out of him, with the pair’s form when teaming up reading 2221, and with Muscutt retaining the ride, another bold showing is expected.
Allux Boy has not been seen on the racecourse since he finished down the field here in March, but he has undergone a wind operation since then and this represents a drop in grade for Nigel Tinkler’s charge. Allux Boy is a three-time course-and-distance winner here and has a good chance on the pick of his form, particularly considering Tinkler’s inmates seem to be hitting form again.
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