Since starting out on his own in 2006, William has built up a professional and successful operation at Lower Coombe Stables in West Sussex’s historic Angmering Park.

There have been over 250 winners - including successes at Group 2, Group 3 and Listed level.

2016 was William's second best ever year in terms of both winners and prize money. William finished the year on 29 winners and a total of £335,508 prize money (including foreign races). 12% of the yard's runners won and 33% finished in the first three. 

Secret Art was the yard's highest earner in 2016, winning the Coral Challenge Handicap at Sandown in July, for which he picked up £43k. He finished the year on a mark of 93 and remains in training with William for 2017. 

Royal Reef was another star performer, having won 4 of his 8 races during 2016. His last win in September saw him rise to a mark of 83. He was sold at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale in October and has gone to Dan Skelton to try his hand at jumping. 

It was a good year for owners Chasemore Farm, whose Clotilde won 3 races in succession during the spring. She finished her career on a mark of 100 having finished third in a Listed race at Windsor and has gone to join the broodmare band back at the farm, taking some valuable black type with her. Captain Peacock also won 3 races throughout the season. He is a lovely big horse who has once again wintered well and should reach his full potential as a 4yo this coming year. 

Exalted also picked up 3 wins on the all weather early on in the year before being sold at the July Horses in Training sale.

Lady Macapa, Goodwood Zodiac and Jacob Cats were all dual winners with the former giving her owners a thrilling all the way win at Goodwood in October. She was sold at the December mares sale, rated 97, and should give her new owners some fun next season. Goodwood Zodiac built nicely on his 2 wins as a juvenile, winning at Windsor in June then again at Epsom in August, earning a career high mark of 100. As is customary for the Goodwood Racehorses Owners Group, he was sold at the end of his 3yo career and has gone to continue his career in Australia. 

William has taken charge of a nice group of 2yos for the 2017 season and has welcomed some new owners to the yard. All being well, Solar Flair will head to Dubai at the end of January to take his chance in a couple of 6f sprint handicaps. A nice winner in the desert could kick start the season and set the team up for an exciting 2017.

William's biggest success story to date has been Illustrious Blue. The son of Dansili proved a real flag-bearer for the yard and, as a seven-year-old (in 2010), he won the Group 2 Goodwood Cup and Group 3 Sagaro Stakes.

That win at Goodwood, Illustrious Blue’s seventh at his local track, resulted in him being sold to Australian based owners, the Australian Bloodstock Syndicate, for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup. It was a new challenge for Knight to prepare a horse to travel across the world to compete in ‘the race that stops the nation’ but once again Illustrious Blue did not let the side down and ran a tremendous race to finish ninth, earning his new connections £70,000.

William, an honours graduate in Equine Business Management at the Royal Agricultural College , Cirencester, has certainly got ticks in all the right boxes as far as doing the job to a high standard is concerned. He honed his horsemanship skills either side of the Millennium, performing key roles as assistant trainer to leading handlers John Hills and Ed Dunlop.

With the latter, he spent five informative years, playing an integral part in the international successes of such names as champion filly Ouija Board, multiple Group 1 winner Lailani, Independence and other top-class horses. Such an experience wasn’t wasted on him and this enthusiastic and talented trainer is now making an impact in his own right.