Interview with William Knight

Posted 4 years ago
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Find out more about trainer William Knight in our exclusive interview with him.


If you weren’t a trainer what would you be?

Professional rugby player


Other than horseracing, what is your favourite sport to watch, and to play?

I enjoy most sports, but particularly playing golf and watching rugby and cricket.


Your favourite TV programme/film?

Rugby Club (much to my wife’s dispair!).  Favourite film of all time is Gladiator staring Russell Crowe.


Favourite food/drink?

I love Thai food and am partial to a cold Peroni!


Favourite holiday destination?

A few days skiing in the French Alps followed by a few days in the sun somewhere in the Caribbean.


Favourite and least favourite subject at school?

Favourite: sport. Least favourite: probably physics.


Ideal dinner party guest?

Any influential racing managers!


Your specialist subject on Mastermind?

Premiership Rugby


And now for racing…


What attracted you to becoming a racehorse trainer?

Brought up on a farm, I always enjoyed the outdoors lifestyle.  Racing is in my blood and following stints as assistant to John Hills, then Ed Dunlop, there was no turning back!


What is the best horse you have trained?

Illustrious Blue—9-time winner rated 116, sold to Australia to run in the Melbourne Cup.


Most memorable racing moment?

Illustrious Blue’s Goodwood Cup win, being local. He won in Dubai in my second year training—another  fantastic experience.  Also a Listed/Group 3 double with King Of Dixie and Illustrious Blue at Ascot.


Which horse are you most looking forward to training this season?

Secret Art, a 4yo son of Excellent Art.  A very big horse who cannot have been fully furnished but still managed to win as a 3yo.  He is showing plenty on the gallops and has come on greatly for his seasonal debut run at Newbury last week.


If you could train any horse, which would it be and why?

Treve—I think she will win everything this year.


Who is your racing hero?

Henry Cecil was such a wonderful person as well as a wonderful trainer. 


What are your hopes and ambitions for the future?

More horses so I can win more races. Another good horse to take us to the big meetings with a live chance.  Ultimately I would love to have a Royal Ascot winner and any trainer would want to win the Derby!