About Insignia Racing
Insignia Racing was founded with the desire to provide not only an enjoyable and competitive experience of horseracing but also a high level of service for its members. Tina Dawson came up with the idea in the Summer of 2010 with the intention of combining a racing experience aimed at competing at the top level, whilst retaining an intimacy and, above all, great days out. That led to her approaching a trainer with experience, a track record of working with champions and an ethos centered around ownership enjoyment.
Tina Dawson, Syndicate Manager
Insignia Racing's Syndicate Manager Tina Dawson has spent her working life in and around racehorses and the bloodstock industry.
Tina comes from a family who have owned, bred and trained for many years, has ridden as an amateur, worked with racing's administrators Weatherbys, run a racecourse (Huntingdon) and been Commercial Director of our National Stud where she was also responsible for the running of the Stud's Owners' Breeders' Clubs.
Tina's background in the racing industry and her passion for the sport led to the inception of Insignia Racing in the Autumn of 2010. She worked with Mick Channon when they were both Directors of The National Stud and knowing that they have similar views on the industry, Tina approached the West Ilsley handler with her vision of launching a brand new racing syndicate.
The values of Insignia Racing ("Exceptional equines, superior service and fantastic fun") are ideals that Mick prides himself on at West Ilsley and he was delighted to accept the offer to become Insignia Racing's first trainer in its very first season on the track.
Mick Channon began his racing life as an owner at the age of 24 during his first career as a professional footballer at Southampton. He wasn't to know it at the time, but his initial involvement in racing was to lead to the purchase of West Ilsley Stables from Her Majesty The Queen some thirty years later.
He progressed from his early days as the most enthusiastic of owners into breeding, before finally entering the training ranks in 1989. He started out with just seven horses, but gradually increased his string to the extent that he became a major player in Lambourn in an incredibly short space of time. Within five years he had his first Group One success with Piccolo in the Nunthorpe Stakes of 1994 and he hasn't looked back since.
Mick has consistently produced top class two year olds, enjoying success in all the major juvenile contests. He's saddled numerous Royal Ascot winners, notably Queen's Logic, Flashy Wings, Championship Point and Silca's Gift amongst many, many others. The flat racing calendar's other social high points such as Newmarket's July Meeting and Glorious Goodwood have also witnessed West Ilsley success courtesy of Hatta Fort, Orizaba, Please Sing, Music Show, Youmzain and Halicarnassus.
In addition, Mick is as serious about having fun as he is about racing and he concedes that the highs and lows that the sport provides make enjoyment an essential part of the game. If it wasn't so, he admits that what little hair he has left would have departed long ago!