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02
OCT

Diamond Dougal and David Egan
Before the Off

ANOTHER SEPTEMBER WIN FOR DIAMOND DOUGAL

Diamond Dougal did his owners proud when taking the Class 2 Nursery Handicap at Haydock Park on ground classed as heavy.

It was a step up in grade for the gelding, but Mick got it right in that off a light weight (8st 2lb) with jockey David Egan's 3lb claim on testing ground, it was worth "having a go".

David rode a very intelligent race, taking his time early on, but then easing into the race about 2f out, when he couldnt believe how well he was going.

Diamond Dougal went clear of the field and won by a cosy 2 1/2 lengths.

It was a nice race for the syndicate to win with a £9,000 first prize.

05
SEP

The Winners Enclosure
Happy Connections

DIAMOND DOUGAL WINS AT BRIGHTON

Diamond Dougal scored a well deserved first victory in the Marathonbet Live Casino Nursery at Brighton.

Given a confident and good ride by Charlie Bishop, he was held up and in touch, travelling well when getting a bit tight for room, but went for a gap about a furlong out, and his win never really looked in danger. He won cosily.

Charlie said "that will have done his confidence the world of good.  He wasn't quite sure about going through the gap, but once the penny dropped he enjoyed himself".

Abdul the groom, also deservedly won the best turned out prize, so all in all a good day!

 

 

 

19
JUL

Aquadabra
In the Winner's spot at Bath

AQUADABRA WINS AT BATH

Aquadabra scored her first win in the 5f Afi-Uplift Nursery Handicap at Bath yesterday.  Given a great ride by Andrea Atzeni, she slightly missed the break, but he didn't panic, let her travel into the race nicely, finding a small gap about a furlong out and picked up well to score by a neck.  Andrea commented "she's a nice filly with a high cruising speed.  She idled slightly in front and I think she's better than the small margin".  

Mick was thrilled as she has yet to finish out of the first four, doesn't know how to run a bad race, but has just come up against what has turned out to be very useful opposition.  "He said onwards and updwards now.  The filly and the owners really deserve that and I'm thrilled for everybody".

19
APR

DIAMOND DOUGAL
Enjoying the attention

FLAG SYNDICATE HORSES ARE NAMED

Both syndicate horses have been named with input from the Flag Syndicate Owners.

Co-incidentally magic seems to be a common denominator with the Born to Sea ex Amazing Win filly being called AQUADABRA and the Zebedee colt ex Blue Saphire being named DIAMOND DOUGAL (the connection being Magic Roundabout).

Both horses continue to look immensely promising and hopes are high for a magical season.

23
FEB

Gold Award
Making his way home after an easy canter

2017 HORSES WORKLOAD & EDUCATION INCREASED

Having had a small break at the end of the 2016 turf season, Gold Award is now back in full work.  Whilst he never shows too much at home, he looks really well and still seems to make everything look very easy.  

This year's two year old syndicate horses are showing all the promise you hope for at this time of year.  They both have good attitudes, are learning fast and so far have taken everything in their stride.  (See pictures in the Gallery).

11
OCT

GOLD AWARD WINNING IN STYLE
Gold Star for Gold Award!

GOLD AWARD WINS ON DEBUT AT GOODWOOD

Gold Award delighted his Medallion Syndicate owners when winning his maiden at Goodwood. Under a superb ride by Silvestre de Sousa, he was green early on but Silvestre gave him time, and when he asked him to get involved the colt responded well and scored by a cosy length going away at the finish.

Mick has always liked the colt and has done a brilliant job with him. He's always been a big, backward type and needed plenty of time, and Mick assured the owners the wait would be worth it! He was proved right and the colt, who is probably still a little weak, will be put away until next season and the Medallion team can dream!

30
AUG

Knight of the Air

KNIGHT OF THE AIR WINS AT CHEPSTOW

After a frustrating nose defeat at Bath last week, Knight of the Air put up another game performance at Chepstow yesterday taking the first division of the 7f handicap.

Under an excellent ride from Oisin Murphy, he was settled at the back of the 14 runner field and then coaxed into the race with about 3f to run.  He didn't get the clearest of runs, but Oisin didn't panic and produced the Knight to score by a neck. 

Mick said "he's such a game horse, but needs producing at just the right time which is why he's hit the woodwork a good few times.  I'm delighted for everyone".

12
JUN

Jaywalker and connections in the Winners Enclosure at Sandown
All smiles, with Mick, Tina, Ros, Asif and Charlie.

JAYWALKER WINS WELL AT SANDOWN PARK

Jaywalker, under a good ride from Charlie Bishop, broke well and travelled comfortably throughout.  Mick had dropped him back to 5f in the Class 4 Sprint Series Qualifier, which proved a really good move.  Charlie commented "he has so much cruising speed and I was always confident we would win". 

Mick commented "He's had his problems and its a credit to the horse he's so straightforward to train.  He travels so well through his races and makes it look so easy - it was brilliant to see his owners' patience rewarded on the racetrack". 

Insignia Racing just missed out on gaining our first across the card double with the Crescent Syndicate's Knight of the Air putting up another ultra consistent run, coming second at Bath. 

 

 

 

18
APR

Making their way home
Jaywalker, followed by Gold Award with Pavela (white face)

SUN SHINES FOR APRIL OWNERS DAY

The owners morning on the gallops was blessed with some wonderful Spring weather.

All Insgnia's 2016 horses were out on the gallops.

The Crescent Syndicate's Knight of the Air was just given the one canter as he is due to run on Tuesday.  He has done really well through the winter and Mick is confident he will improve on last season.

Crest Syndicate's Jaywalker is back in work and thriving.  Nobody dare tempt fate too much as whenever we start mentioning racecourses something goes wrong!  However, he looked great and we have to remain optimistic.

Finally this year's two year olds from the Medallion Syndicate have thrived through the winter months and both individuals are showing true promise.  It is thought Pavela could be likely to debut first and is a super looking filly, whilst Gold Award has grown into a very striking individual, has bags of presence and both look exciting prospects.

11
DEC

The Bushranger colt
Bushranger ex Sandtail

2016 TWO YEAR OLD SYNDICATE - MEDALLION

The yearlings for the 2016 season have been purchased and are backed and enjoying their education at West Ilsley.

Both Mick and Tina are excited by their new acquisitions.  Its the time of year when there is all to look forward to, and if Insignia have as much fun and as successful a season as in 2015, then everyone will be happy.

Owners waved goodbye to both Heritage Syndicate fillies at the end of October.  Unilit had been a real joy, winning twice, including a Plus10 bonus and twice being placed in Black Type races.  She was sold for nearly 4 times her purchase price and was a star.  Fellow Heritage filly Custom, was also lovely but failed to come up to expectations and was also sold.

Looking forward to next season, there are a colt and filly to get excited about.  Both are by stallions Insignia have already had success with - the colt being by Bushranger (same sire as Knight of the Air) and the filly by Approve (same sire as Unilit).

They are both good looking individuals and seem to have the temperament and athleticism Insignia Racing Syndicates look for.