William Haggas, born in Skipton on August 23, 1960, has been one of racing’s top trainers for the last 30 years, with multiple Group 1 winners punctuating a career which started back in 1987.
The son-in-law of legendary jockey Lester Piggott had started life in his father’s textile factory but soon left that job, moving to Newmarket to follow the dream of becoming a racehorse trainer.
Haggas learnt from the likes of John Winter and Sir Mark Prescott before taking out his own licence and has been a stunning success story since his first winner back in April 1987.
His first Epsom Derby winner (see below) came when he had just 40 horses in his stable, a remarkable achievement in a time period dominated by the likes of Henry Cecil and Sir Michael Stoute.
He boasts a brilliant strike rate over the last five years of 23% and since 2013, Haggas has been on the list of Royal trainers. He gave the Queen a first winner out of his yard a year later, with Purple Spectrum winning a Windsor maiden.