Chris Wall Stable Tour

    Being a consummate professional, it's no surprise that trainer Chris Wall has the knack of placing his string to maximum effect, and he shares his thoughts on which ones could be worth following as the summer unfolds
  • Wednesday 04 July 2018
  • Stable Tours

Victories for Marilyn at Newmarket on Friday and Hackney Road at Doncaster on Saturday gave indication to followers of Chris Wall that this is the time of the year when the shrewd Newmarket trainer excels and July is invariably a month when he is at his most potent.

The Induna Stable handler has gained a reputation for knowing exactly what grade of horse he has at his disposal and placing them accordingly and know doubt his current total of eight wins will be swelling considerably in the coming weeks.

Star of the show right now is First Sitting who gained a second successive victory in the Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood in May when beating Autocratic half a length and could well be taking up a similar entry at Sandown on Friday or at Newbury later in the month and is worthy of close inspection.

Marilyn completed a hat trick at headquarters on Friday night and could well have more to come and Saturday’s Doncaster scorer Hackney Road is another who could follow suit.

Chris has plenty of ammunition in his stable on Newmarket’s Fordham Road and kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can take him to greater heights in the coming months.

Older Horses

Atlanta Belle (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Zebedee - Tara Too (Danetime)
  • Trained by: C F Wall
  • Last Race: Yarmouth, 5 Jul 2018 14:20
  • Result: 5/8, chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and every chance well inside final furlong, no extra close home
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 15 starts and currently rated 58. Finished third, beaten three lengths, to Flying Foxy on her most recent start at Newmarket (5f) in June off a mark off 55.

Trainer Says:

She finished third at Newmarket last time and that was a better run than some of her earlier efforts where she suffered from bad draws. She saw too much daylight at Newmarket and ran a bit free and didn’t see the trip out but, on the whole, she is running consistently off a lowly mark. Her best trip is five on the turf and she just about gets six on the AW. We will just have to see and keep her entered up and go where we have a chance. She might run at Yarmouth this week.

Video Form
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Deciding Vote

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 9 starts and currently rated 58. Best effort this term when seventh, beaten four and a half lengths, to Vixen at Kempton last week off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She ran better last time on the AW at Kempton. I am just struggling to find the right races for her really on the right sort of track. She is one who could probably do with a bit of dig in the ground to be seen at her best which I think is over six furlongs. She didn’t really stay the seven furlongs at Kempton and six furlongs on the turf is her bag. We will go from there and see if we can find the right races for her.

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First Sitting

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 27 starts and currently rated 110. Winner of the Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood (1m 2f) in May for the second year running when beating Autocratic half a length.

Trainer Says:

He did us proud and won a listed race at Goodwood in May and then was in a messy race at Longchamp next time. He got badly bumped and struck into, but has recovered well and he is entered in a listed race at Sandown on Friday. If he doesn’t go there then he could go for another listed race at Newbury in about three weeks.

Video Form
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Flood Defence (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 12 starts and currently rated 68. Gained her last success when beating Luminous a neck at Sandown (1m 2f) last September off a mark of 66.

Trainer Says:

I haven’t been able to run her as she is a soft ground filly and there hasn’t  been anything either on easy turf or the AW for her. She has been ticking along quietly and she has an entry in the July Sale but whether we will go there I don’t know and we will see what the owners want to do.

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Hackney Road

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 12 starts and currently rated 79. Returned to winning form at Kempton (6f) last month when beating Rose Berry three quarters of a length off a mark of 75 and followed up with a neck victory from Related at Doncaster (6f) on Saturday night off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She has won her last two and won at Doncaster on Saturday night. She is going the right way and fortunately is one of those that just wins by a narrow margin so she just creeps up the handicap which is a help. She is another who is best suited by six furlongs but may be worth a try over seven at a later stage. She goes on fast ground and we will try and find races for her in the coming weeks and see if we can get the hat trick.

Video Form
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Hi Ho Silver

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts and currently rated 65. Promise in seven furlong maidens at Kempton and Wolverhampton in November.

Trainer Says:

He was a backward horse and gained some experience at the back end of last year. He is handicapped now and unfortunately pulled a muscle in the Spring and was off games for awhile. He is back cantering again now and I don’t think we would have run him anyway as he is a horse that will be suited by some juice in the ground and probably a mile or a mile and a quarter.

Video Form
29 Nov 2017:

Ice Lord (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 20 starts and currently rated 91. Gained his last win at Ascot (6f) in September when beating Gulliver a length and a quarter off a mark of 86.

Trainer Says:

He is another who could do with some rain as his best form is on ground with a bit of cut in it. We are hoping to run in the Bunbury Cup or more likely the consolation race and ground would be the key to his participation there. He seems equally adept at six or seven furlongs and has good form at both.

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Marilyn

Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 12 starts and currently rated 70. In the form of her life and completed a hat trick at Newmarket (1m) on Friday night when scoring by a length and three quarters from Pour La Victoire off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She has done well and completed the hat trick at Newmarket on Friday night. She keeps improving and we will have to see what the handicapper does this week before we decide where we go next. She is happy on fast ground and has done her winning over a mile. Everyone keeps telling me she will stay a mile and a quarter so we will give that a try whilst she is in form and see if that works. That might open up a few options for her and she is a nice progressive filly.

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Mountain Rescue (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: High Chaparral - Amber Queen (Cadeaux Genereux)
  • Trained by: C F Wall
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 14 Jul 2018 13:40
  • Result: 8/18, held up behind centre, ridden and outpaced when edged left towards far side over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never reached leaders
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 25 starts and currently rated 94. Gained his last success at Newmarket (7f) in May when beating Colonel Frank a length and three quarters off a mark of 90.

Trainer Says:

He won a handicap up at Newmarket on quick ground in May and the owners were keen to have a runner at Ascot so we ran him in the Hunt Cup and he got in a bit of a barging match with one about two furlongs out and came off second best so that put paid to any chance he had there. He is another who may turn up in the Bunbury Cup or the consolation race. He can go on quicker ground but he doesn’t want to be overexposed to it and is probably best when there is just a little cut in it Seven furlong or a mile seems to be his thing and he is hovering around a mark where, if we find the right race, we might be able to win again.

Video Form
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Oh It's Saucepot

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 9 starts and currently rated 80. Finished runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Hats Off To Larry at Windsor on Sunday off her current mark

Trainer Says:

Ran at Windsor on Sunday and put up a very solid performance to finish second on ground that would have been too quick for her.   She is a filly who is best with some cut in the ground and she stayed the mile and quarter well on Sunday and could . She is a filly I think will progress as the year goes on but we might just need the ground to play it’s part to allow her to do that.

Video Form
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Oh So Sassy

  • 8-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Pastoral Pursuits - Almasi (Petorius)
  • Trained by: C F Wall
  • Last Race: Yarmouth, 18 Jul 2018 17:35
  • Result: 5/6, chased leaders on outside of group, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 35 starts and currently rated 77. Finished runner-up, beaten half a length, to Bernie’s Boy at Windsor (6f) in June off a mark of 75.

Trainer Says:

She bounced back to form last time when a good draw allowed her to dictate and she just got collared close home. She is a filly who I feel will have her turn very shortly.

Video Form
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Seyasah (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 12 starts and currently rated 70.   Off the mark when beating How’s Lucy a length at Yarmouth (7f) in May off a mark of 65.

Trainer Says:

She won at Yarmouth back in May but in her latest visit to the track she suffered from not being able to run on the Golden Highway down the rail and we were well beaten as a consequence. We haven’t had too many opportunities for her during the month of June but she has a few more coming up in July and she should be out shortly. Seven furlongs or a mile suit and she is a filly who has done well physically.

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Syrian Pearl

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of her 36 starts and currently rated 84. Unplaced both starts this term at Windsor (6f) and Newmarket (6f) in June. Last win when beating Fantasy Keeper half a length in the Jockey Club Grassroots Sprint Series Final at Nottingham (6f) in October.

Trainer Says:

She has misfired twice this season but she can do that occasionally and she is usually a filly who comes good in the second half of the season anyway. She may turn up in the Greys race which she has won before and we will see if we get her qualified for the Jockey Club grassroots series final which is at Nottingham in October.

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Zeyzoun (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 6 starts and currently rated 78. Finished fourth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Firmdecisions on his stable debut at Leicester (7f) in June off a mark of 79.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse we bought in France from the Aga Khan at Deauville Sales. He had won a maiden over seven furlongs at Clairefontaine. He is a nice horse physically and progressing well. He ran well on his debut here where he wanted to over race a bit but we managed to get him settled nicely and he finished his race off well. He stays seven furlongs and if we can keep him settled and keep his head straight then he could progress.

Three Year Olds

Black Lotus

Form Profile:

No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 63. Finished third, beaten seven and a quarter lengths, to Knight Errant at Yarmouth in June off her current marks

Trainer Says:

She had run well in her maiden and was always there or thereabouts and we stepped her up to a mile and a quarter for her handicap debut and she was a solid third in a race where they were spread all over the track. I don’t know what the value of the form is and she didn’t handle fast ground so we might wait for a bit of juice or run on the AW. A mile and a quarter I think will suit and she may stay a mile and a half in time.

Video Form
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Follow Intello

  • 3 b g Intello – Sauvage
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a nice well bred horse who is related to plenty of winners. He has been backward so hasn’t run yet and is not far off a run but is still a big baby. It will take awhile for him to get his head around things but he is a horse who has shown a bit at home. He could be one to follow in the second half of the year.

Han Solo Berger (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 6 starts and currently rated 79. Better effort this term when unplaced, beaten four and three quarter lengths, to Insurgence at Kempton (7f) in June off a mark of 82.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse we bought at Horses-In-Training last year having previously been with Keith Dalgleish who won two races with him. He has had two bad draws this year so we haven’t seen the best of him so far. He may run at Kempton in about ten days but six or seven furlongs with cut in the ground will suit him and you won’t see him at his best on the turf until he gets easier ground.

Video Form
11 May 2018:

Jumping Cats

Form Profile:

Unplaced in a novice event at Kempton (1m 3f) and a maiden at Newmarket (1m 2f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He has run twice in a couple of novice races this year over a mile and three furlongs and over a mile and quarter at Newmarket last time. He has run pretty satisfactorily both times for a horse that is still a bit backward and gormless. He is not good enough to win a maiden but once he is handicapped he can make his presence felt. He will stay nicely and he doesn’t mind fast ground.

Pentland Hills (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 62. Best effort on latest outing at Nottingham (1m 2f) in June when runner-up, beaten two and a half lengths, to Olympic Odyssey off a mark of 59.

Trainer Says:

We were scratching our heads with him first time out as he got badly baulked at Yarmouth when he looked like he was going to run well and we sent him up to Haydock for his next start on slow ground which I thought for a son of Motivator he would quite enjoy but he didn’t. He bounced back and ran well at Nottingham last time and was a good second over a mile and a quarter. I hope to run him at Leicester next weekend over a similar trip and he handles fast ground which is good news at the moment. We hope his turn is not too far away.

Video Form
24 Apr 2018:

Spritzig

Form Profile:

Unplaced in maidens at Kempton (7f and 1m) in September and October.

Trainer Says:

He is another who had a few niggly issues through the Spring and we are just getting her going. Hopefully, she will be out anytime and she hasn’t shown us much in two maidens last year but she has a good pedigree which suggests she ought to do better as a three-year-old. Let’s hope she can show a bit next time which will give encouragement when she goes handicapping.

The Fiddler

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 58. Finished unplaced, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Pammi at Wolverhampton (1m 1/2f) in May off a mark of 60.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t been running too badly and he just needs a longer trip. Last time on the AW at Wolverhampton it all happened a bit quickly for him but was staying on well at the end. Trying to find races for him has proved very frustrating and clearly the BHA don’t want him running anywhere quickly. I could send him up to Scotland but I don’t want to send a horse rated in the 50’s all the way to Scotland.

Video Form
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Vantasy

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts. Unplaced, beaten 16 ½ lengths, to Tesary at Newmarket (7f) last week.

Trainer Says:

He ran twice last year and didn’t show us a great deal. His run the other day over seven furlongs at Newmarket was a much better effort and he was just beginning to run on coming out of the dip and just got a bit tired. We will see what his handicap mark is and he might want a mile or a mile and a quarter. Fingers crossed we can nick a little race with him somewhere.

Video Form
16 Oct 2017:

Wind Mix

  • 3 ch f Mastercraftsman  - Mango Lady
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a half sister to Mix And Mingle by Mastercraftsman. She is a big filly who has taken a long time to come to hand and we are just getting going with her now. She should run from August onwards all being well.  

Two Year Olds

Lucky Charm

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is quite a nice filly and went to Windsor and misbehaved at the stalls. She has passed a stalls test since and might run at Nottingham on Saturday. She is quite sharp.

Purgatory

Form Profile:

Unplaced in a maiden at Leicester (6f) in May and Newmarket (6f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He ran on his nerves a bit first time out and got very tired and then we ran him in what was probably a hot maiden at Newmarket and he wasn’t disgraced. I think he is a horse who will want seven furlongs and a mile later in the year and a bit more cut in the ground but he has shown he can win a race or two.

Spiritually

  • 2 b f Charm Spirit – Lalectra
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a little filly who is just coming into work now and she might run in two or three weeks time. She is sharp enough and is  bred to be sharp.

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