Chris Wall is one of those trainers who tends to get a win out of a horse, no matter what its ability. However, this season he has already enjoyed big race success with Mix and Mingle, a filly who ran well in the 2016 1,000 Guineas, but who has stepped-up again as a four-year-old to win a Group 3.
He’s hoping for a successful summer, and below are his thoughts on some of those horses who may provide him with that success.
A horse who doesn’t like the ground firm or heavy, but progressing nicely having now won 5 races. The last of those was a Listed Race, and his mark of 110 means he will be campaigned at that level or Group 3s for the remainder of the season. He likes a 10-furlong trip, and his trainer may campaign him abroad to try and find some easier opportunities.
MIX AND MINGLE
Won a handicap in taking style on her first run of the season, and well-backed to win a Group 3 race next time when she beat the higher-rated Qemah by over 2 lengths. Likely to tackle a group 2 over a mile at Royal Ascot but, as her trainer thinks she may be best at 7-furlongs on decent ground, she may revert to that trip if unsuccessful there.
3 wins from 16 races isn’t a bad haul for a horse rated in the 80s and, as his best form has so far come in the summer months, it could be worth forgiving him his two below par runs so far this season. Trainer thinks he’s best at a mile, and he looks one to keep an eye on in the next few weeks.
Another horse with a decent strike-rate having won 6 races from 28 runs, and another one to keep an eye on in the next few weeks. Usually needs at least one run or two, so easy to forgive slightly disappointing run on seasonal debut.
Trainer considers he more of a breeding prospect, as she’s a half-sister of stable star Mix And Mingle. She’s still unraced, but the hope is she can get that all-important win under her belt at some point to increase her paddocks value.
Big filly who is closely related to a former stable favourite Intense Pink, who won a Listed Race. This one’s been unplaced so far on both starts, but could be one for handicaps somewhere further down the line.
Trainer firmly of the opinion that she want 10-furlongs with cut in the ground, but he’s been unable to get her qualified for such a race so far – so watch out when he does.
Back in work after an injury, and three promising runs in maidens means she could easily win a handicap now, especially if stepped-up in trip to 10-furlongs.