CHRIS WALL remains ever a pragmatist and openly admits the wet weather that swept through the country in June has slightly derailed plans for what is customarily a busy time for his Induna Stable team in Newmarket's Fordham Road.
However, Wall has been on the block long enough to know the pitfalls of his chosen profession and remains optimistic that the weather forecasters have got their sums right for a period of settled dry Sunny weather from towards the end of this week.
Chris's shrewd placing of his horse ensures there are gains to be made for his team of experienced older handicappers and is eagerly awaiting to get the classy Mix And Mingle back on track at Ascot later this month.
Wall said: "We started June very well but all that wet weather after hasn't helped too much. However, we have regrouped and we are ready to go again and hopefully we can start firing in a few winners."
Chris kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes can fly the flag for his Newmarket outfit.
4 b c Sholokhov - Diora
No wins from 7 starts but runner-up on three occasions. Beaten only a length when fourth to Iconic at Newbury (1m) in June off current mark of 77.
"He's a horse we bought at the horses-in-training sales last year having been with Roger Charlton and we have just been trying to get him to settle a bit better - he always want to do everything in a big hurry. We have been running him at a mile in attempt to get him dropped in and relaxed and then we can try and step him back up to a mile and a quarter. I think a mile and a quarter will be his best trip with a bit of cut in the ground and unfortunately on his last two times we have run him its come up quite quick on the day. We will persevere with him and if we don't get the right ground on the turf there may be a race for him on the all weather."
7 b m Pastoral Pursuits - Prairie Oyster
Winner of four of her 28 starts. Respectable efforts when fifth in two six furlong handicaps at Chelmsford in February (off a mark of 74) and March (off a mark of 72). Rated 74 on the turf and 71 (AW).
"She pops up and wins a race every year and she might not be far off again. It's her time of year and she has a couple of engagements this week so we will pick and choose the best of them and where we think we have got the best chance. Hopefully, her turn is not too far away and six or seven is her trip. She doesn't want too stiff a seven and a stiff six suit and she doesn't like soft ground."
5 b g Dansili - Aspiring Diva
Winner of three of his 15 starts. Latest victory at Windsor (1m 3 1/2f) in June when beating Ruwasi five lengths off a mark of 95. Currently rated 100.
"He is another horse we picked up at the horses-in-training sale last year and he won a fairly ordinary race at Windsor but won it well and then ran very well in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot. I think that he won just over short of a mile and a half at Windsor, in a truly run race at Ascot he didn't quite get home over a mile and a half and the same was true in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock. The handicapper, after initially put him up, has put him down to 100 now and he probably wants a strongly run mile and a quarter and some cut in the ground."
4 b g Nayef - Kalahari Dancer
No wins from 9 starts. Beaten only three and a half lengths when sixth to Sandy Cove off his current mark of 68 at Yarmouth (1m 6f) last week.
"We have been struggling to win a race with him and he probably needs to go to the full two miles. Anything shorter than that he appears to get outpaced and then stays on in the closing stages. We will try and find an appropriate races over two miles or even further. He is certainly bred to stay and I think that's what he will do."
4 b g High Chaparral - Amber Queen
Winner of two of his 10 starts. Returned to winning form at Leicester (1m 2f) in May when beating Perceived a length and a half off a mark of 78. Currently rated 82.
"He hasn't done too badly this season and started off with a third at Bath then won a race at Leicester and we then ran him up at Newcastle where everything went wrong. We were trying to sit up handy and horses we thought were going to make the running didn't. We got pushed up on the pace early and ended up leading. He didn't get home and we ended up finishing fourth. He likes to bowl along close to the pace over a mile and a quarter. In fairness, the handicapper has probably got him in his grip but he can continue to run well and give his owners some fun through the Summer."
4 b g Oasis Dream - Sunspear
Winner of two of his 7 starts. Successful at Windsor (1m 2f) in June when beating Prendergast Hill a length and a half off a mark of 83. Currently rated 87.
"He started off his season quite well and ran well in a boys race at Ascot in April and then followed up with a win at Ascot in early June. Again, he was another for whom things didn't go quite right on his last start at Sandown and he ended up making the running which isn't his thing at all. We have some races for him at the end of this month - he doesn't lack speed but maybe isn't a miler and doesn't want too stiff a mile and a quarter. I think nine furlongs would be ideal for him and there's an apprentices race at the Summer Festival at Goodwood and you might see him end up there."
OH SO SASSY
6 b m Pastoral Pursuits - Almasi
Winner of five of her 23 starts. Scored by two and three quarter lengths from Flash City at Doncaster (5f) in June off a mark of 83. Currently rated 90.
"She has had a decent season and it usually takes us a couple of runs to get her right even though she's a five furlong sprinter. She got dropped for two runs and then won very easily at Doncaster and she seems to do this every year. She then rockets up the handicap and find life a bit tougher and she ran well at Newmarket off her revised mark. We will continue running her in five furlong handicaps and we might nick another one before the end of the season."
4 b f Clodovil - Celtic Lynn
Winner of one of her 10 starts. Best effort this term when fourth., beaten two and a half lengths, to stablemate Oasis Spear at Windsor (1m 2f) in June off a mark of 75. Currently rated 74.
"She didn't run at all well on her first start at Doncaster but ran much better on her second start behind Oasis Spear at Windsor. It looked like if she had a clear run she could have given him something to do so we went back to Windsor and she ran a bit flat. We had one or two horses run like that so we will wait until we are happy with her again and find something suitable for her. She is a filly who would want a strong run mile or an easy mile and a quarter."
SONG OF NORWAY
5 b m Halling - Amarullah
Winner of two of her 16 starts. Finished fifth, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Exceeding Power at Newmarket (7f) in May off her current mark of 77.
"She ran ok on her reappearance but she is one that has been a bit off colour and is coming back now. She might run somewhere the week after next and a good gallop over seven or an easy mile is her best trip. She doesn't want it too form but she doesn't need it soft. Hopefully, she can be a mare that can add to her tally before too long."
5 b m Dalakhani - Royale Danehill
Winner of three of her 21 starts. Unplaced in three runs in listed company this season. Currently rated 85.
"We ran her in three black type races in her three runs this season and that didn't quite work out. She has had a bit of a break to freshen her up and she will probably run in the fillies six furlong handicap on Newmarket on Saturday if all is well and we will take her season from there."
5 gr m Clodovil - Syrian Queen
Winner of four of her 24 starts. Returned to winning form on her latest start at Newmarket (6f) in June when beating Shanghai Glory a head off a mark of 76. Currently rated 79.
"She had a couple of near misses at Newmarket and Nottingham last season and got it right at Newmarket three weeks ago. She might go back to Newmarket on Friday and that qualifies her for one of those Jockey Club grassroots contests with the final at Nottingham which she just got beat in last year. She's a filly who doesn't quite get seven but needs a strongly run six furlongs and if she gets that she finishes very well."
THE NEW PHARAOH
5 b g Montjeu - Out West
Winner of two of his 9 starts. Scored by two lengths from My Lord at Newbury (1m 4f) in May off 65 and followed up with a short head defeat of William Hunter at Leicester (1m 4f) the following month off a mark of 71. Currently rated 76.
"He's had a good year and won his first two races over a mile and a half. I know he goes further but I was a little disappointed with him at Sandown as they hacked round and he's a thorough stayer and it was a raced that turned into a sprint up the straight. He is a horse who is best when they go a nice pace and they come back to him. A mile and three quarters and even two miles with a bit of cut in the ground and he's a bit of a tricky old boy but I think there's another one in him if we can find the right one."
4 b f Mastercraftsman - Eve
No wins from 12 starts. Came closest to victory when failing by only a neck behind Normandy Knight off a mark of 75 at Leicester (1m 1/2f) in May off a mark of 75. Currently rated 78.
"She's a talented filly and another who needs everything to go right. She is another who needs a true run race and she ran the other day in an apprentices races at Ascot where you think they would go a pace but they didn't go no more than a canter until halfway then sprinted and that is no good to her. She has form at a mile and a mile and a quarter and she need a decent pace."
ALWAYS A DREAM
b f Oasis Dream - Always Remembered
Unplaced in 7 starts. Currently rated 58.
"We still don't really know what her best trip is but she didn't run too badly last time at Wolverhampton over extended mile. I would be happy to run her over a stiff mile for the time being but she may go a little further in time. She is a galloping filly who probably wants a decent pace in front to come and pick them off. She is not very much and not that progressive but hopefully we can find a little contest with her somewhere."
ch g Fast Company - Remarkable Story
Winner of one of his four starts. Successful at Wolverhampton (1m 1/2f) in May when beating Compas Scoobie a length and a quarter. Currently rated 76.
"He is a half brother to Grendisar who won the Winter Derby and I think a little like him he will be a horse who will get better with age. He was placed in two maiden and then won a maiden and although he got beaten on his subsequent start on the turf at Haydock that was another race where things didn't go quite right. We weren't best drawn and got squeezed out a bit and ended up being stuck out the back. He stayed on well and will want a mile and a quarter in time. He has done a lot of growing since that run and we probably won't see him until late in the year and I would be quite happy to even put him away for next year as a I think he will be a nice horse."
b c Archipenko - Reflected Image
Winner of one of his 3 starts. Off the mark with a length and a half defeat of Invigorate at Lingfield (1m) in April. Currently rated 71.
"He won his maiden on the AW earlier in the year and I think he was a bit unlucky to be beaten at Windsor on his last start. The race just collapsed in front of him and he is a horse who doesn't know a lot about racing and he just got left in front a bit too soon and finished third. He is another like Cambodia who has done quite a bit of growing so we left him alone for now. He will be back on the track soon and I will bring him back over a mile and it wouldn't surprise me if he stays a mile and a quarter. He could run on the turf or the AW."
b f Invincible Spirit - Sauvage
Unplaced in her two starts over seven furlongs at Newmarket in May and June.
"She is a filly who is still just learning her trade and she was backward as a two-year-old even though she is by Invincible Spirit. She has had two fair efforts at Newmarket and if she learns her job she will start to pay dividends."
b f Aussie Rules - Oatey
No wins from 5 starts. Best effort when third, beaten three quarters of a length, to Ubla in a classified stakes at Lingfield (1m) in May. Currently rated 64.
"She ran well in a classified at Lingfield and she wasn't able to follow up that effort until she ran at Windsor recently. The ground did come up soft and she did pull a muscle. She is on the back burner at the moment but a mile suits her well and I think she will pick up a race somewhere in the not too distant future."
MIX AND MINGLE
ch f Exceed And Excel - Mango Lady
Winner of two of her five starts. Successful at Lingfield (7 ½f) last September and Newmarket (7f) in October. Finished seventh, beaten seven and a half lengths, to Minding in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (1m) in May when last seen out. Currently rated 104.
"She had a good Spring and ran well in the Nell Gwyn on ground that was too soft for her then ran in the Guineas and didn't get a lot of luck. She finished seventh but with a clearer run would have finished fifth and could have been challenging for fourth. We have had to wait with her as the ground hasn't been right since the Guineas and when we have had the right options it's been soft. There is a race for her at Ascot on July 22 - a fillies listed race - and if the ground is right that's her next port of call."
b c Iffraaj - Maine Rose
Winner of two of his 7 starts. Runner-up, beaten three lengths, to Generalship at Kempton (1m) last week off his current mark of 78.
"He has been very consistent and won a couple on the AW and we bumped into one at Kempton last week. He is a nice horse and I think there's another one in him. He showed he stayed a mile and there will be other options for him. He doesn't have to just run on the AW but doesn't want very soft ground.
ch f Medicean - Thymesthree
No wins from 6 starts. Came closest to victory when beaten a head by Billy Roberts at Beverley (7 1/2f) last September. Currently rated 62.
"She has taken awhile to get the hang of things and get going this year. I hope run her in a little race at Yarmouth this week and she showed a bit more promise on her last start there. Let's hope she can start and show the promise of some of her form of last year and pick up a little race."
SONG OF PARADISE
ch f Kyllachy - Merry Diva
No wins from 8 starts. Finished third, beaten a length, to Geoff Potts at Kempton (6f) in June off her current mark of 68.
"She has been a difficult filly to place and she does seem to like the AW. I think a strong run race over six suits her and she should pick up a little race somewhere."
b f Iffraaj - Relinquished
"She is just starting to show up nicely and six furlongs would be her bag. She wasn't an expensive purchase so, hopefully, there will be a little auction maiden to be won with her once she knows what she is doing."
ch f Sixties Icon - Donatia
Finished fourth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Mubtasim at Yarmouth (6f) at the end of June.
"She ran fourth in a maiden at Yarmouth last week over six furlongs and wants a bit further. She will be suited by seven furlongs and will get a mile in time this year and we will go further in the future. We would hope to run her next in a fillies auction race back at Yarmouth over seven furlongs at the end of July. Hopefully, she will be a nice progressive filly."
ch f Elusive Quality - Any For Love
"She will probably start at seven and go a mile but she is another to show promise on the gallops."
OH IT'S SAUCEPOT
b f Sir Percy - Oh So Saucy
"She is a from a family we have trained through the years and she would start over seven furlongs and go a mile."
b f Casamento - Defensive Boast
Unplaced, beaten only three and a quarter lengths, to Nobly Born at Yarmouth (6f) last week.
"She ran seventh in her maiden and that was a promising start. I will probably stick to six furlongs for now and she might go to Leicester at the end of the month for a fillies' median auction event."
FIRST SITTING - easy winner at Windsor in June and can find further fortune as the season progresses.
CAMBODIA - may prove a long term project but looks the sort to progress significantly with experience.
MIX AND MINGLE - could prove the stable standard bearer this term and fast ground can bring out the best in her.
NORTH CREEK - came up against a tartar at Kempton last week but there will be other days.
MARILYN - ran in what looked a hot race at Yarmouth last week and can soon get her name in lights.
SEYASAH - another who can step up significantly from a promising debut effort at Yarmouth last week.