Three Time Classic-winning trainer
William Haggas is one of the most respected trainers in the headquarters of British racing in Newmarket. William spent time with John Winter and Sir Mark Prescott before taking out his own license and training his first winner - Tricky Note (15th April 1987) - from his Somerville Lodge base where he has been since 1987.
Since then, almost 1,700 winners have emerged from the yard with the 2017 season being his most successful campaign - both numerically and prize money - to date with 160 winners for the year, surpassing 2016's previous record tally of 138 winners.
In 2011 William, who is married to Maureen, daughter of the great Lester Piggott, became a member of the elite band of trainers to have saddled two Epsom Classic winners when Dancing Rain made all in the Oaks to add to Shaamit’s 1996 Derby victory. In 2014, William added more Group 1 winners to his tally when Mukhadram gained a deserved top level success winning the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and Rivet's impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in 2016 (below).
2018 was a fruitful year with Urban Fox (below left) triumphing in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Sea Of Class (left) then made 2018 a season to remember when taking the Group 1 Darley Irish Oaks in emphatic style under hands and heels. She followed up with an emphatic Yorkshire Oaks success before going down gallantly by a neck when second to Enable in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Last year also saw the team take home the Group 3 Musidora Stakes with Give And Take, the Lincoln and Group 2 Sandown Mile with Addeybb and the Grade 2 Belmont Gold Cup with Call To Mind. One Master stepped up from her winning Group 3 effort in the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary when taking the Group 1 Prix de la Foret on Arc day at Longchamp.
William's other Group 1 successes include Count Dubois (Gran Criterium), Chorist (Pretty Polly Stakes), King's Apostle (Prix Maurice de Gheest), Aqlaam (Prix du Moulin), Dancing Rain (German Oaks) and Rosdhu Queen (Cheveley Park Stakes).
William and Maureen have two children, Maryanne and Sam.