Knight keen to make most of home comforts

The William Knight-trained Aussie Reigns, on the far side, edges ahead of Oasis Cannes to claim the Telegraph Nursey by a neck at Goodwood in 2012
The William Knight-trained Aussie Reigns, on the far side, edges ahead of Oasis Cannes to claim the Telegraph Nursey by a neck at Goodwood in 2012
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William Knight is hoping for some home comforts at Goodwood this season.

The Patching trainer has a soft spot for his local track, which hosts the first of 19 meetings this season next Saturday, May 4.

He saddled course favourite Illustrious Blue to a memorable success in the Artemis Goodwood Cup at the Glorious festival in 2010.

And he was on the mark at the prestigious five-day meeting last summer, too, as Aussie Reigns won the Telegraph Nursery by a neck.

Knight now trains for the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group, following John Dunlop’s retirement at the end of last year.

He is, therefore, more determined than ever to have a successful season at the world’s most ‘picturesque’ racecourse.

Knight said: ‘We always like to have runners at Goodwood and we will definitely be trying to get a team there for the meetings throughout the year.

‘It is one of my local tracks and, on a nice sunny summer’s evening, it is one of the most picturesque racecourses in the country.

‘They look after trainers well and there is a nice enclosure for the owners, and a lot of mine are quite local so they enjoy having runners there.

‘You need to have the right type of horse for Goodwood because the course is quite undulating.

‘Horses learn a lot there, though, and it’s a lovely track.

‘Hopefully, for Glorious Goodwood we will be able to put together a good team, too.’

One horse Knight is particularly excited about unleashing this summer is Goodwood Mirage.

The three-year-old Jeremy colt burst on to the scene with a debut triumph at Newmarket in October.

Yarroom, who finished third that day, has won twice and finished second on the all-weather over the winter.

‘I train for the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group and they are a good bunch of owners to have in the yard,’ added Knight.

‘They have been very lucky with their horses and we have a nice three-year-old called Goodwood Mirage, who won his only start at Newmarket last year.

‘He will be out soon.

‘They had a stable tour at the yard about three weeks ago and that went well, so hopefully we will have some runners for them at Goodwood in the future.

‘I would have thought we will have out first runners at the course next month in some of the maidens and handicaps.’

The £40,000 Listed Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.20pm) is the feature contest in Goodwood’s opening meeting of the season.

The seven-race card also includes the £40,000 Listed Conqueror Stakes (4.05pm) – with both races restricted to fillies and mares.

Highlights of the season at Goodwood are the May Festival (May 23-25) and Glorious Goodwood (July 30 to August 3), which includes 13 Group contests and two heritage handicaps races.

Goodwood’s prize money across the whole campaign is more than £3.6m.