Bio: Harrow educated William Haggas is a thoroughbred horse trainer located at Somerville Lodge Stables in Newmarket. As with many involved in racing there’s a family connection to racing greatness, and Haggas is no different, as he’s the son-in-law of one other than Lester Piggott.
An early career in a family textiles business beckoned, but Haggas followed his passion and learned the ropes under Mark Prescott. The rest is history. He’s had a Derby winner in Shaamit (1996) and Dancing Rain won The Oaks (2011). He’s trained a winner for the Queen (Purple Spectrum) and has an eye for international races too, with winners in the Hong Kong Derby, Topkapi Trophy and German 2000 Guineas.