Since starting out on his own in 2006, William has built up a professional operation at the historic Angmering Park. There have been over 250 winners – including successes at Group 2, Group 3 and Listed level.
2016 was William’s second best ever year in terms of both winners and prize money, when Secret Art was the yard’s highest earner in 2016, winning the Coral Challenge Handicap at Sandown in July, for which he picked up £43k. Royal Reef was another star performer, having won 4 of his 8 races during 2016. 2017 has been another great season for William, with Ballard Down winning a valuable handicap at Newmarket and his win rate strike rising to a very respectable 12%.
William’s biggest success story to date has been Illustrious Blue. The son of Dansili proved a real flag-bearer for the yard and, as a seven-year-old (in 2010), he won the Group 2 Goodwood Cup and Group 3 Sagaro Stakes. That win at Goodwood, Illustrious Blue’s seventh at his local track, resulted in him being sold to Australian based owners, the Australian Bloodstock Syndicate, for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup. It was a new challenge for Knight to prepare a horse to travel across the world to compete in ‘the race that stops the nation’ but once again Illustrious Blue did not let the side down and ran a tremendous race to finish ninth, earning his new connections £70,000.
William, an honours graduate in Equine Business Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, has certainly got ticks in all the right boxes as far as doing the job to a high standard is concerned. He honed his horsemanship skills either side of the Millennium, performing key roles as assistant trainer to leading handlers John Hills and Ed Dunlop.
With the latter, he spent five informative years, playing an integral part in the international successes of such names as champion filly Ouija Board, multiple Group 1 winner Lailani, Independence and other top-class horses. Such an experience wasn’t wasted on him and this enthusiastic and talented trainer is now making an impact in his own right.
Biddestone Racing’s last horse in training with William was Modernstone, the winner of more than £50,000 in prize money and this useful filly was placed second twice in two Listed races!
Currently in training with William Knight: Queen Of Paris
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