Making his way home after an easy canter
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).
GOLD AWARD WINNING IN STYLE
Gold Star for Gold Award!
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!
Knight of the Air
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".
Jaywalker and connections in the Winners Enclosure at Sandown
All smiles, with Mick, Tina, Ros, Asif and Charlie.
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.
Making their way home
Jaywalker, followed by Gold Award with Pavela (white face)
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.
The Bushranger colt
Bushranger ex Sandtail
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.
Knight of the Air wins at Bath
Finishing with a flourish up the inside rail
Knight of the Air scored a very well deserved first win at Bath yesterday. The ever consistent gelding is a real trier, and never gives up, so having been in the first four on six other occasions this win was well overdue.
Champion Jockey elect Silvestre de Sousa rode him with confidence and travelled the first part of the race nearer last than first. However, on ground that suited the gelding better, when asked to make his move, he made headway up the inside about 2 furlongs out and was looking like winning cosily. However, the fast finishing Peace Lily gave us a fright as she finished with a rattle on the outside taking the race to a photo finish.
All connections breathed a huge sigh of relief when Knight of the Air was called the winner by a short head.
Happy owners in the Salisbury Winners Enclosure
Another good run from Unilit
Unilit was entitled to take her place in the Group 3 CGA Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury, and it was a big ask against a quality field. But in typical fashion she didn't let us down.
It was a roughish race, and when making his move, jockey Silvestre de Sousa had her positioned well on the rail but then had to bring her wide to get a run. The winner won comfortably, but our filly stayed on well to take a very creditable third.
Unilit under Charlie Bishop sticks her neck out for convincing win
She won't be passed!
Unilit showed what an absolutely game filly she is by taking the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Old Mout Fillies Nursery Handicap under Charlie Bishop at Leicester last night.
Having gone up 5lb as a result of her 2nd in a Conditions Race at Ripon she was joint top rated off 80. The race was run on soft ground having taken persistent rain most of the afternoon and evening which didn't inconvenience her. She broke well, and Charlie got her into a nice rhythm and she travelled at the front of the field throughout. At one point it looked as if the field might swallow her up, but she was having none of it, and as ever stayed on gamely, sticking her neck out on the line.
The after race debrief
Its not a win, but some satisfied owners!
July has been a relatively busy month, with all but two of our runs finishing in the money, running up a second and 4 thirds!
Unilit's run at Glorious Goodwood was the icing on the cake, as it was her first run in a Nursery, the Class 2 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap and she ran a cracker finishing third.
Mick was delighted and said "she's such a trier and doesn't know when to give up, I suspect we've been beaten by two decent horses. I'm thrilled to bring Insignia's owners to one of their favourite tracks and get them into the winners enclosure"!