Andrew Matthews Balding (born 29 December 1972) is a British racehorse trainer based at Park House Stables, Kingsclere, near Newbury, Berkshire.

Balding attended Caldicott School, a boys preparatory school, and Radley College, a public school. He became a licensed trainer in January 2003, when he succeeded his father Ian Balding.[1]

His elder sister is Clare Balding.[2] His maternal grandfather was the trainer Peter Hastings-Bass and his maternal uncle William Hastings-Bass, 17th Earl of Huntingdon, former trainer to Queen Elizabeth II. His maternal grandmother Priscilla Hastings is descended from the Earls of Derby.

Balding has been married to his wife Anna-Lisa since 15 July 2005.[3][4] The couple has two sons, Jono and Toby, a daughter, Flora, and a boxer dog, Tonto.[5]

Notable horses trained by Andrew Balding include Casual Look, the winner of The Oaks in 2003. The win led to a very emotional post-race interview with his sister.[6]

In 2014, the Baldings' Park House Stables were visited by Irish President Michael D. Higgins as part of his state visit to the UK.[7]

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  1. ^ "Andrew Balding profile". Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Clare Balding was unimpressed by her brother's practical joke". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  3. ^ Balding, Clare (17 July 2005). "Reach lives the dream". The Observer. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Expense Claim takes London Gold Cup at Newbury | Mail Online". The Daily Mail. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Andrew Balding". Kingsclere. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  6. ^ Keogh, Frank (6 June 2003). "Balding's tearful triumph". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Irish State Visit programme". Official Royal Family website.

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