Andrew Matthews Balding, born in London on December 29, 1972, has made a steady rise towards the upper echelons of the training game in the UK since taking over the reins from his father back in 2003. Ian Balding had trained at Kingsclere Stables from 1964, saddling over 2000 winners including 125 Group races. He was also crowned Champion Trainer in 1971 when he sent out the great Mill Reef to win the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes the the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He still plays a key role in the operation at Kingsclere, riding out on a daily basis.
Andrew Balding’s rise towards the top of the game can be highlighted in his results over the last 15 years. In 2018, he enjoyed his highest number of winners (123) with a remarkable place rate of 56%, and also topped his previous tally for prize money in a single season with a total of £2,847,509 won.
Andrew is well known as an outstanding trainer when sending horses on their travels. Phoenix Beach was a standout international horse for the Balding team, winning the Canada International (2003), Hong Kong Vase (2004) and Dubai Sheema Classic (2005).
Side Glance was another exceptional horse outside of the UK, claiming the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington in Australia in 2013 and placing in the Woodbine Mile, Dubai World Cup, the Cox Plate and the Arlington Million.
Andrew is also the younger brother of well-known sports broadcaster and journalist Clare Balding, who was Champion Lady Rider in 1990.