Six 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, over 2,000 winners have emerged from the yard with the 2021 season being his most successful campaign - both numerically and prize money - to date with 180 winners for the year, surpassing 2017's previous record tally of 160 winners, amassing an incredible £6,500,000 in prize money.
2021 was a record breaking year for Somerville Lodge with 180 winners including three Group 1's across three countries, courtesy of Addeybb, who retained his Queen Elizabeth crown down in Australia and Baaeed, who maintained his unbeaten status with victories in the Prix Du Moulin and QEII Stakes. Other notable success came with Dubai Honour, who landed two Group 2's in France and Sacred who was very impressive in both the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes and Group 2 Hungerford Stakes. We also added to our Royal Ascot tally in 2021 with victories for Alenquer in the King Edward VII Stakes and Mohaafeth in the Hampton Court Stakes. Saturday 2nd October saw us have 8 winners in one day at five different racecourses across two countries - another record!
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.
William's other Group 1 successes include Mukhadram (Coral Eclipse), Rivet (Racing Post Trophy), Urban Fox (Pretty Polly), Sea of Class (Yorkshire Oaks & Irish Oaks) and One Master (2018, 2019 & 2020 Prix de la Foret).
William and Maureen have two children. Maryanne who married Adam Peacock in the summer of 2019 and Williiam and Maureen are delighted that the couple had their first child, Rafa, in August 2020 and Maryanne is due to give birth again in May 2022. Sam Haggas has successfully launched his own bloodstock agency, Hurworth Bloodstock. Sam's successes included the purchases of Group 1 Winner Urban Fox, Group 3 winner Miss O Connor and American Grade 3 winner I'm So Fancy. (www.hurworthbloodstock.com)