CHRIS WALL is a shrewd trainer whose assessment of a horse is right on the button and whether it's placing a horse for Group success or winning a lowly handicap with a modest individual, he gets the best out of whatever ammunition he has at his disposal.
Like the swallows arriving for Summer, Chris has his team at their best for the months of June, July and August and he is looking forward to the busy mid Summer period when opportunities are aplenty.
The flag has already been flown by current stable star Mix And Mingle who recorded a career high success when winning the Group 3 Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield in May and will look to go even higher when she is supplemented for the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot next week. Recent Goodwood Listed winner First Sitting could shortly go Group 3 hunting himself at Chantilly.
Chris kindly guided Tony Elves of ATR through those he hopes can hit the winner's board in the next few months.
5 b g Sholokhov - Diora
No wins from 12 starts and currently rated 73. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten two lengths, to Tom's Rock at Lingfield (1m 2f) in May off a mark of 72.
"He is not the most consistent of horses but you would have to think that on the best of his form he is quite capable of winning a race off his current mark. We will probably drop him back to a mile in the future and he shows enough talent at home to suggest he can one day win a race."
BISHOP OF BLING
4 b g Big Bad Bob - Convent Girl
No wins from 6 starts including over hurdles and currently rated 68 on the Flat. Well beaten third on his stable debut at Southwell (1m 3f) in May.
"He has come to us via a circuitous route - he started off in Ireland on the flat, then had a spell over hurdles in England before joining us earlier this year. He has taken a long time to come to himself and has still a way to go. He could run this week at Newbury or Leicester and wouldn't want it too firm. We will have to see as he's probably still a work in progress but he is capable enough."
6 b g Dansili - Aspiring Diva
Winner of five of his 20 starts and currently rated 110. Battled on gamely when beating Spark Plug a nose on his most recent start at Goodwood (1m 2f) in May.
"He has done really well having run with promise in the Gordon Richard Stakes at Sandown. He stepped up from that when given a great ride by Gerard Mosse to win a listed race at Goodwood on his latest start. Obviously that means he is going to have to go up a grade or carry a penalty in listed company. At the moment the plan is to run him in a Group 3 at Chantilly on June 17 and then we will chip away from there. He is well suited to racing over a mile and a quarter and can race on most ground but doesn't want the extremes."
4 b f Invincible Spirit - Sauvage
Winner of one of her 8 starts and currently rated 66. Off the mark in a handicap at Wolverhampton (7f) last September when beating Guanabara Bay a length off a mark of 64.
"She ran really disappointingly on her seasonal debut this year and she has had several little niggly things that have kept her off since. She is just coming back to work and the plan this year is to step up to a mile which she is bred to do and we are hoping she can continue to progress but we haven't put that to the test yet."
MIX AND MINGLE
4 b f Exceed And Excel - Mango Lady
Winner of four of her 11 starts and currently rated 113. Winner of both of her starts this season scoring by a length from Tabarrak in handicap at Newmarket (7f) in April off a mark of 99 and following up with a two and a quarter length success from Qemah in a Group 3 at Lingfield (7f) the following month.
"She has had a great start to her season and won a handicap at Newmarket and stepped up on that when given a great ride by Ryan Moore to win a Group 3 race at Lingfield. That is mission accomplished to get winning black type and we will go up in Grade and the plan is to supplement her for the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. That is going back to a mile even though I feel seven furlongs is her optimum trip but there aren't any seven furlong races for her at Royal Ascot. We will see how she goes and review what we might do with her thereafter. She doesn't want soft ground and come the Autumn time we might target some races in America."
5 b g High Chaparral - Amber Queen
Winner of three of his 16 starts and currently rated 89. Unplaced in mile handicaps at Newbury in April and Sandown in May off his current mark.
"He has run well enough on both his races this year. He needed his first run and second time at Sandown he got in a complete muddle and didn't handle the track very well. He could run anywhere in the next fortnight. He has won over a mile and a quarter but I think his best trip is a mile and he usually comes good from mid-season onwards so we will be looking forward to that."
4 b f Lawman - Stroke of Six
Winner of two of her 14 starts and currently rated 72. Finished sixth, beaten eight lengths, to La Celebs Ville at Haydock (1m) on Friday.
"She was a little too keen at Haydock last Friday but we think she is capable of winning in her turn and she likes a bit of cut in the ground. Held up off a decent pace over a mile should suit her well."
4 b g Iffraaj - Maine Rose
Winner of two of his 12 starts and currently rated 78. Finshed sixth, beaten three lengths, to Commodity at Kempton (1m) in May off a mark of 80.
"He ran well on his reappearance at Chelmsford and then on his second start at Kempton we dropped him in behind the leaders but they crawled and it turned into a sprint finish. You can put a line through that and I think he is suited by a mile. His best form has been on the AW but we haven't tried him very much on the turf and I would like to get him back in the grass when it's not too firm. He runs at Kempton on Wednesday."
5 b g Oasis Dream - Sunspear
Winner of two of his 12 starts and currently rated 82. Disappointing when last of seven to Hollywood Road at Windsor (1m 2f) on Monday night
"He is runner with the choke out and obviously needs to settle much better. We will probably send him over a mile next time and get him to settle and teach him to race properly. He is well handicapped and we just need to find the key to him."
OH SO SASSY
7 b m Pastoral Pursuits - Almasi
Winner of five of his 27 starts and currently rated 90. Finished eighth of nine, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Escalating at Nottingham (5f) on Sunday.
"She ran at Nottingham on Sunday and she is a five furlong handicapper who will win in her turn."
6 gr m Clodovil - Syrian Queen
Winner of six of her 28 starts and currently rated 87. Scoring for the third time last season when beating Alpine Dream a neck at Nottingham (6f) in September off a mark of 82.
"She progressed well last year and has only had one run this season and ran a reasonable race. She may run at Nottingham this week and she doesn't want it too soft but she handles good to soft and good to firm. She is getting there but it usually takes a race or two before she really gets herself tuned up."
THE NEW PHARAOH
6 b g Montjeu - Out West
Winner of two of his 13 starts and currently rated 71. Won at Leicester (1m 4f) last June when beating William Hunter a short head off a mark of 71.
"He might go up to Haydock this week and the softer the better for him. He is a tricky character and not the easiest to get the best out of, but if you can get him in the right mood and thinking straight and enjoying his racing there is a race over a mile and a half to a mile and six furlongs for him. Hopefully, his turn is not too far away."
ch f Zebedee - Tara Too
No wins from 7 starts and currently rated 60. Came closest to victory when third, beaten a neck, to Magic Approach at Wolverhampton (6f) in March.
"She has been a bit inconsistent and hard to get right and keep right. She usually runs well after a break then doesn't follow up. She has had a break and she should be ready to run by the end of the month then we will progress from there."
ch f Teofilo - Mango Lady
"She is a half sister to Mix And Mingle but a totally different type. She is by Teofilo and much more of a staying type like her dam. She is a big filly and we can't rush her and I am not sure when we will get her on the track. We haven't done a great deal with her yet but the hope is we can win something with her then she is a valuable for the Owners Stud."
b f Pivotal - Clincher Club
Unplaced in both starts at Yarmouth (6f) in May and Newmarket (7f) last Saturday.
"She is a full sister to Intense Pink a winning listed race filly we had here although she is much bigger than she was and is a work in progress. She was unplaced at Newmarket on Saturday but she can improve."
b f Dutch Art - Mystic Melody
Unplaced to Envoy on her debut at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in May
"She is another who is a work in progress who probably want a bit further. I am a bit limited with her as she really needs plenty of cut in the ground and I want to run over a mile and a quarter next but there have been no mile and a quarter maiden that she has been qualified for during this wet spell. She is one I hope will keep progressing."
b g Fastnet Rock - Question Times
Best effort in three runs on the AW when third, beaten three and a half lengths, to Sabador at Kempton (1m) in March.
"He had some problems after running reasonably well in three AW maidens in the spring. We just need to get him healthy and right and I think he will want a mile and a quarter on ground that is probably not too firm. He is a heavy type of horse but I think he has a future ahead of him so we will keeps our fingers crossed."
b f Harbour Watch - Krynica
No wins from six starts and currently rated 61. Best effort at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) on Sunday when runner-up, beaten a length, to Jumira Prince at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) off a mark of 61.
"She is a filly that has been slow to come to hand but ran really well at Nottingham on Sunday. She can improve further with experience and is suited by a mile and can get a mile and a quarter in time. She won't want it too firm on the turf."
HI HO SILVER
gr g Camacho - Silver Spell
"He is a very late foal who is backward and came to us from an owner of Ed McMahon's when he retired last year. He is just starting to get into the groove, so we will see. He still has a bit to go and is showing us bits and pieces but needs to strengthen up a fair bit yet."
ch c Mastercraftsman - Reflected Image
Winner of one of his five starts and currently rated 65. Off the mark when dead heating with Log Off at Wolverhampton (1m 1 1/2f) in April off a mark of 60.
"He dead heated at Wolverhampton on his reappearance then disappointed at Chepstow, where he ran a bit flat having switched off, which was a bit disappointing since he is a horse that doesn't do things fast. I think he will be well suited by a mile and a half with cut in the ground and he is a horse who has engagements this week. We'll see if we can find a race in which he can be competitive.
ch f Sixties Icon - Donatia
Winner of one of her four starts and currently rated 70. Unplaced in two outings this season but scored by two and a quarter lengths from Masonic at Yarmouth (7f) in July of last year.
"She didn't run too badly on her reappearance at Newmarket in April but ran disappointingly at Nottingham next time on ground that was a bit tacky. She may not have enjoyed the ground but she is another who has come back and hasn't been in the best of health since and we have had to go easy on her. I think she will want a mile and a quarter and she is a filly with ability and we will look to get her started again in the second half of the season."
ch f Elusive Quality - Any For Love
No wins from 3 starts. Promise in three maiden on the AW last Autumn.
"She is a big filly who showed us a bit in three maiden on the AW last Autumn. She is the sort of filly who will progress over a mile and a quarter as a three-year-old and she had an injury in the Spring but is back cantering now."
OH IT'S SAUCEPOT
b f Sir Percy - Oh So Saucy
No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 60. Probably best effort on handicap debut at Newmarket (1m) in May when third, beaten six lengths, to Rake's Progress.
"She was third on her reappearance at Newmarket and it wasn't much of a race but she ran ok. She should improve as the season progresses and as we step her up in trip."
b f Casamento - Defensive Boast
No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 65.
"She is another who ran disappointingly on her last start and has been a bit off colour since. She is back sparkling at home again, and I have a race for her in mind at Doncaster at the end of the month."
b g Paco Boy - Upskittled
Unplaced at bigs odds in three mile maidens at Windsor, Newmarket and Leicester in April, May and June.
"He is a qualified to run in a handicap now. He is looking more and more like he needs a step up in trip and will probably be best with a bit of a cut in the ground. I hope he is a horse that will pay his way in small handicaps as the season progresses."
b f Declaration of War - Ravensburg
"She is a nice home bred filly that could be out shortly and is likely to start over seven furlongs."
b c Equiano - Catfish
"He is a nice strong horse of Raymond Tooths. He could be out at the end of the month and is bred to be a sprinter."
b c Motivator - Elle Galante
"He is another one of mine who should be out at the end of the month and he is likely to start over seven furlongs."
ch f Exceed And Excel - Generous Lady
"She is another who is starting to show up nicely and she will most likely start over seven furlongs."
FIRST SITTING - showed courage in abundance when landing a listed event at Goodwood in May and has more wins in him.
MIX AND MINGLE - has found her form with a vengeance and another who can progress further.
MOUNTAIN RESCUE - fancied to reach his peak in the Summer months.
OASIS SPEAR - has his issues and is pulling far too hard in his races at present but he's well handicapped at his best and can come good in time.
LONDON MASTER - dead heated at Wolverhampton in April but can gain an outright victory shortly.
UPENDED - handicapped after three runs and a step up in trip in modest company can see him get off the mark.