Six-time Classic-winning trainer William Haggas is one of Britain’s most respected trainers and has been sending out winners from his Somerville Lodge base in Newmarket since 1987.
He spent time with John Winter and Sir Mark Prescott before taking out his own license and works in union with his wife, Maureen, the daughter of legendary jockey Lester Piggott.
Haggas is among the elite band of trainers to have saddled the winner of both the Derby and Oaks.
He won the former with Shaamit, in 1996, and the latter with Dancing Rain in 2011. Both were his first runners in those great races.
Other notable Group 1 performers for him have included Count Dubois, Chorist, King’s Apostle, Aqlaam , Rosdhu Queen, Mukhadram, Rivet, Sea Of Class (above), One Master, Young Rascal and, most recently, Addeybb.
The last-named won the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day in 2020, having been runner-up in the race 12 months earlier.
Haggas has trained more than 2,000 winners and gone from strength to strength in recent years. In 2013, he enjoyed his first century and he has hit three figures every year since.
Numerically, his best year was in 2017 when he ended with 158 victories in Britain.
If things had turned out differently, Haggas might have followed his father, Brian, into business. Instead, the teenager ran for the exit after only three months working in his father’s textile factory.
He also has the distinction of probably being the only current trainer to have played cricket at Lord’s – for Harrow against Eton.