William Haggas has said that he hopes to achieve his long-held ambition this weekend and be crowned the leading trainer of the season at York.
Haggas is now fully entrenched in Newmarket life but he was born in Skipton, North Yorkshire. He came close to winning the title in 2015 but was beaten in the final stages of the season by David O’Meara.
This year another leading Yorkshire trainer is his main rival, Tim Easterby, however, Haggas is going all out to try and win the prize. At present he leads Easterby by three winners going into the final two days.
Speakign this week Haggas said, “I always wanted to, one day, be leading trainer at York one season. We nearly did it a couple of years ago and got done on the last day when David O’Meara had four winners in the last two meetings. This year it looks as though, with a bit of luck, it’s only Tim that’s the danger.”
He went on to say that in the past he has not really had a huge number of runners, rather he has “just been very lucky.” However, this time he said that he will be running a few horses, mainly because he wants to try and win. He said that they will have three or four running each day but he warned that “it’s quite late in the day.”
On Friday Haggas has three runners including Frankel colt The Grand Visir in the £100,000 Unibet Handicap, who finished fifth in the Melrose at the Ebor meeting.
“The Grand Visir ran a very good race in the Melrose,” said Haggas. “He hasn’t run since but he’s in good form and we’ve had this race in mind for a while.”