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09
JUL

WEATHER PLAYING ITS PART

The weather is making life even more difficult when it comes to entering and placing horses.  Vexillum had been declared for Ffos Las and Beverley last week, with both fixtures being abandoned (he is now declared for Lingfield on Wednesday, so fingers crossed), Signifer was withdrawn from Haydock on Saturday when earlier in the week the ground was given as good, it resulted in starting as Heavy on Saturday morning.  The Friday evening fixture at Haydock was abandoned which resulted in Symboline missing a race and finally we are struggling to find races for Represent who ideally needs to bounce off the ground. The only thing is - its the same for everyone!

02
MAY

VEXILLUM 2nd AT YARMOUTH

Vexillum put up another good performance coming 2nd of 12 at Yarmouth yesterday, retaining the fact that all Insignia turf runners have finished in the first 4 during the current season.

Vexillum's run was on desparate ground classed as heavy, but he coped well and finished well ahead of the 3rd and the rest of the field.  Mick commented, "it was just annoying we came across one too good on the day, he's run a decent race and surely we've got to win one with him soon!"

25
APR

Warrant Officer enjoying a canter earlier this year

EMBLEM TWO YEAR OLDS ARE NAMED

The Emblem two year olds can now cease to be called by the name of their sires!  The Royal Applause filly has been registered Symboline and the Misu Bond colt has been named Warrant Officer - a name we think suits him perfectly.

Symboline is slightly more forward in her work and is likely to be the first Emblem horse to see the racecourse possibly within the next few weeks.  Warrant Officer, who is pleasing Mick, will need slightly more time.

12
APR

ROUNDEL HORSES IN THE PRIZE MONEY

Both Vexillum and Signifer came third in their respective runs during the last week.

Vexillum's run at Folkestone did not go entirely to plan as with only 4 runners and with him breaking so well from the stalls, it was virtually impossible to get the required cover.  He travelled well but did not find much at the business end of the race.  Mick retains his belief in the horse and is confident his time will come.

Signifer ran yesterday at Nottingham in a very competitive 0-85 handicap.  He travelled well throughout the race and looked all over the winner 1/2 a furlong out, when he was swamped in a 4 horse blanket finish.  Thankfully he hung on for 3rd with the distances being a nose, 1/2 length and a head!

28
JAN

Royal Applause filly - happy in her work
Cantering at West Ilsley

EMBLEM TWO YEAR OLDS CONTINUE TO PLEASE

Both the Royal Applause filly and Misu Bond colt are having their work gradually built up and they are taking it all in their strides.  They are very different characters with both showing ability to give their owners plenty of fun through their two year old season.

Work videos of their progress can be seen on the Gallops Page.

28
JAN

ENSIGN AND ROUNDEL 3 YEAR OLDS BACK IN!

All 3 Insignia three year olds are now back in early work for their 2012 campaigns.  The two geldings, Signifer and Vexillum have been in a while and both look as if the break has done them good.  The filly Represent has come in more recently and has also benefitted from some time in the paddocks.

30
NOV

Misu Bond colt ex Kilmovee

EMBLEM SYNDICATE VIDEO ON-LINE

Please feel free to have a closer look at Insignia Racing's brand new EMBLEM SYNDICATE horses on the syndicate page.

http://www.insigniaracing.com/page/the-emblem-syndicate

Mick gives you his thoughts on the prospects of the two who are both now cantering up the woodchip gallop at West Ilsley.

The Misu Bond colt (pictured above) has been in full work since October. He was one of the first colts broken and is yet to miss a day. He has great enthusiasm for the job and is very much a character among the new influx of West Ilsley yearlings.

The Royal Applause filly began her routine of steady caters in mid-November and has taken to the task immediately. If you would like to know more or if you would like to arrange a visit to see the horses go through their paces please do not hesitate to get in touch.

23
NOV

The Emblem Horses
The Royal Applause filly Ex Ashes

EMBLEM SYNDICATE LAUNCHED

The 2 horses have been purchased for the Emblem Syndicate and Mick thinks the world of them at this very early stage. 

The colt by Misu Bond pictured on the homepage was purchased from Doncaster Bloodstock Festival Sale. He is a grey with a lovely attitude and Mick thinks he will be an early type. He has been backed and is already cantering. 

The 2nd horse (pictured above, is a filly by Royal Applause.  She was bought at Tattersalls Sale (Part 2) and is a real looker with plenty of scope. Tina was very taken with her athletic walk and the Insignia team have high hopes of her.

VISIT THE EMBLEM SYNDICATE PAGE FOR FULL DETAILS AND VIDEOS ON THE HORSES:

http://www.insigniaracing.com/page/the-emblem-syndicate

07
NOV

TURF SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE

All syndicate horses will now be wound down for a well deserved break.  The season somewhat petered out for us with disappointing runs at the end of last week.  Mick is not a great one for making excuses but it would be fair to say Signfier hated the bottomless ground at Ffos Las.  Represent and Vexillum did not run up to expectations, but Mick is confident they will develop and come on to be 3 year olds we should have some fun with.

26
OCT

THE USUAL WARM HOSPITALITY PROVIDED AT WEST ILSLEY

Although the season is not fully over, and we may yet have a couple more runners, Mick and Jill Channon gave their usual warm welcome at their owners' close of season drinks party. 

There was an excellent gathering with owners from Insignia being well represented.  Mick paraded the yearlings recently purchased and whetted everybody's appetities with thoughts and aspirations for next season. 

A couple of them have already been earmarked by Tina Dawson for Insignia's 2012 Syndicate - Emblem - more about this SOON!