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29
SEP

Knight of the Air wins at Bath
Finishing with a flourish up the inside rail

KNIGHT OF THE AIR BREAKS HIS DUCK

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.

05
SEP

Happy owners in the Salisbury Winners Enclosure
Another good run from Unilit

OUR FIRST GROUP RUNNER RESULTS IN TAKING 3RD SPOT

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.

 

25
AUG

Unilit under Charlie Bishop sticks her neck out for convincing win
She won't be passed!

UNILIT TAKES HER SECOND WIN

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.

 

 

 

04
AUG

The after race debrief
Its not a win, but some satisfied owners!

A BUSY JULY

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"!

 

 

30
JUN

Stoneham (near side) on the West Ilsley gallops
Being put through her paces

STONEHAM INSIGNIA'S FIRST NH WINNER

Stoneham ran yet another solid race gaining a well deserved first win over hurdles at Worcester.  She was settled in rear by jockey Kieron Edgar, travelled nicely into the race and although not getting the last hurdle completely right, battled well up the run-in to win by a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths.

Mick commented "She's such a fun filly, never runs a bad race and is a really good looking horse.  She's got a lot going for her".  I'm delighted for Insignia's Icon Syndicate, its nice to get one on the board for them over the sticks!

09
JUN

Unilit (near-side) really stretching under Paul Hanagan and just gets up
A real trier

UNILIT SHINES AT PONTEFRACT

Unilit had a well deserved win at Pontefract last night winning by the narrowest of margins.  She has been somewhat unlucky in previous runs, twice having the worst of the draw and whilst on this occasion she didn't have the most ideal, jockey Paul Hanagan jumped her out smartly to take a good position settling in just behind the leaders.  A couple of furlongs out the pace quickened,  she went with them and battled really strongly to just get up on the line by a nose.

Paul Hanagan commented "she's all heart, she really tries for you, she's a nice filly".

The race was a plus10 race, singled out by Mick, and so the Heritage Syndicate picked up a tidy purse of just over £10,000.

13
APR

Stoneham stretches out well to win cosily
A win on the board

STONEHAM GETS HER HEAD IN FRONT

Stoneham finally got her head in front, following two second place runs at Wolverhampton.  Jockey, Charlie Bishop got her settled in her usual switched off style and bought her gradually into the race.  He encountered slight traffic problems on the home turn, but she rallied well and won the 2m half a furlong, Totequadpot Handicap cosily by a length. Mick commented "shes a typical Sixties Icon filly, always tries for you and I'm delighted she's got the first 2015 win on the board for Insignia".

13
APR

Unilit
Unilit cools off after a good piece of work

HERITAGE SYNDICATE TWO YEAR OLDS ARE NAMED

The two year old fillies have been named.  As many will know Insignia Racing tries to tie in our syndicate names with the company name of Insignia no matter how tentative.  Many Insignia's have association with heritage such as family crests etc. and the HERITAGE SYNDICATE was so named.

On that basis the Approve filly has been called UNILIT.  One of our owners has an association with the Bristol University and Literary Club, otherwise known as Unilit.  The Club was founded in 1889 and therefore happens to have a good deal of heritage!

The Lilbourne Lad filly has been called CUSTOM.  Somewhat self explanatory in that custom plays a major part in our heritage.

23
MAR

An Insignia Owners' Team Photograph!
A great get together

A GLORIOUS SPRING DAY FOR OUR 2015 OWNERS GET-TOGETHER

The 2015 Insignia horses were all on show at our 2015 Spring Open Morning.

A convoy of vehicles converged on the West Ilsley gallops where we were treated to the older horses being put through their paces first, who were then followed by a string of two year olds including the Heritage Syndicate's two fillies. 

Everyone then went back to the stables where we could see the horses washed down and owners had the chance to see their horses up close.  Stoneham was paraded.  She was not worked as she is due to run in a couple of days time.  She looked really well and is obviously fit and ready to run.

Further information on the horses are within their syndicate section.

Everyone enjoyed a few bubbles in the Berkshire sunshine before being treated to a relaxing lunch inside.  An excellent social get together. 

The Crest Syndicate's Jaywalker worked exceptionally well, and as usual made it all look so easy.  Knight of the Air for the Crescent Syndicate is a little more advanced in his work and everyone was reminded of what a good looking horse he is.

The Heritage Syndicates two 2 year old fillies were then shown to good effect.  The Approve filly looks a good early type and really points her toe, whilst the Lilbourne Lad filly will give a good balance, as she is likely to need a little more time and will probably run over a slightly longer trip.

25
NOV

Lilbourne Lad ex Margaux Magique
An early photo

YEARLINGS PURCHASED FOR 2015 SYNDICATE - HERITAGE

We are delighted with the 2 yearling fillies purchased to go forwards into next seasons new syndicate, HERITAGE.  A slightly different structure next year will enable owners to come in at their chosen level on a percentage basis with a minimum of 5% applicable.

The fillies are both bay, one a very striking Approve filly who has her grand-sire Oasis Dream's white blaze.  She is a lovely mover and seems to have a wonderful temperament.

The other is by precocious first season sire Lilbourne Lad and this filly looks every bit like her sire - athletic, rangy and full of scope.

Mick is delighted with them and obviously it's early days in their education, but they have been purchased very much with two year old careers in mind.

More details and photographs will be on the website soon, but for more information, please contact Tina.