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 270 winners - including successes at Group 2, Group 3 and Listed level.

2017 has been a frustrating year. It started off very well with the yard operating on a 31% strike rate into the end of May.  However, we did not manage to maintain the good form, with a real lack of strength in depth meaning that we only sent out 185 runners for the year.

Arab Moon was the star of the show, winning 4 of his 8 starts and climbing 32 lbs in the ratings. The now 4yo son of Elnadim has shown a love for the all weather surfaces and will likely be aimed for the Rosebery Handicap at Kempton in March. 

Ballard Down picked up the most prize money, winning 2 of his 5 starts. His latest run in July saw him win the £28,000 'Betbright Recall Handicap' at Newmarket's July course. The 5yo son of Canford Cliffs unfortunately picked up an injury in that race which forced him to sit out the rest of the 2017 season. 

Jacob Cats and Captain Peacock also won 2 races each and several others managed to hit the score board. N over J was our only 2yo winner but he won well, first time out. 

This year's 2yos look like a nice bunch and we are looking forward to getting the 2018 season underway. 

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.