Goodwood owners put faith in Knight

William Knight, trainer.
William Knight, trainer.
Megan Nicholls (left of picture) was the Silk Series trophy winner last year / Picture by Dan

Silk Series is coming to Goodwood racecourse

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William Knight has been chosen to take charge of some of the South Downs’ most talented racehorses.

He will take over the reins from the retiring John Dunlop as trainer of the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group (GROG) string.

It will mark a new era for both the owners and the emerging Angmering Park-based handler.

And Knight is determined to continue the success of the group, which was formed back in 1994.

He said: ‘It’s exciting times and I am looking forward to the challenge.

‘The Goodwood Racecourse Owners Group has been a highly-successful syndicate and I very much plan to continue that trend.’

Goodwood’s racing manager, Gail Brown, is equally excited about the new partnership.

She said: ‘We are thrilled with the appointment of William Knight.

‘The board of management very much felt the GROG horses should be trained locally.

‘William, having swiftly developed a reputation as one of British racing’s most promising young trainers, plus his successful campaign with Illustrious Blue, made him an obvious choice.

‘We have never known a season when GROG members did not receive a healthy return at the end of the scheme.

‘And long may that continue with William at the helm.’

The group was formed by the Duke of Richmond & Gordon.

It was designed to enable racegoers to get even closer to the action – enjoying the thrill of gleaming thoroughbreds dashing towards the finishing post wearing their silks.

While the GROG have only one horse in their current crop – Goodwood Mirage – there are plans to increase the string.

Independent bloodstock agent Richard Frisby has been tasked with buying a new yearling at next month’s Tattersalls Sales.

GROG membership is a two-year scheme with a one-off payment of £925 – buying you a share in a racehorse with all expenses and fees included.

Members get a share of prize money and any resale value of the horse. For details visit