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 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. 2019 provided 148 winners and over £3,500,000 in prize money.
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.
2020 was a fruitful year with One Master (below middle) triumphing in the Group 1 Prix De La Foret at Longchamp for a third season in a row. Group 1 victories were also provided by Addeybb (below left) in the Ranvet Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Australia and QIPCO British Champion Stakes at Ascot. Last year also saw the team take home the Group 3 Manion Cup with Young Rascal Australia, the Group 3 Athasi Stakes in Ireland with With Thanks and the Ayr Gold Cup with Nahaarr, who came from last to first to land the spoils in spectacular style.
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), Rosdhu Queen (Cheveley Park Stakes), Mukhadram (Coral Eclipse), Rivet (Racing Post Trophy) and Sea of Class (Irish Oaks & Yorkshire Oaks).
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. 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)