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

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.

In April 2020 William started a new chapter in his training career as he moved his team to the state of the art Rathmoy Stables in Newmarket. This was an extremely exciting move and William is relishing the prospect of sending out his first runners from his new base. Boasting some of the best facilities around, the yard has its own equine swimming pool, spa and treadmill.