If anyone was born to be a horse racing trainer it was Andrew Balding, whose father, Ian, trained Mill Reef to win the 1971 Epsom Derby.
He gained a privileged education at Caldicott School, followed by respected public school Radley College, before enrolling in an undergraduate course in equine studies at the Royal Agricultural University.
Early Oaks win with Casual Look
Phoenix Reach international success
Balding was not afraid to go international in search of early Group One victories and the colt Phoenix Reach provided him with some lucrative wins overseas.
In October 2003, Phoenix Reach was sent to Woodbine in Canada to tackle the Pattison Canadian International. Balding's trusted jockey Martin Dwyer got Phoenix Reach up at Woodbine to take a winning cheque worth over £350,000.
By March 2004, Phoenix Reach's form over one mile and four furlongs had emboldened Balding to go to the Dubai Sheema Classic where a prize of £625,000 was on offer. Dwyer again got the better of a Saeed Bin Suroor mount in Razkalla to prevail by a solid two lengths in the UAE and take home the chunky purse.
The capable filly Blond Me began popping up to take some nice races including the Listed Coral Distaff in July 2015 before heading to Turkey to win the Longines International Topkapi Trophy at Group Two level.
Balding showed a propensity to pick up Group One's at decent prices with victory in the 2017 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood with Here Comes When.
In September 2019, Balding kept up his family training relationship with the Queen by winning the Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 Two Year-Old Stakes with Her Majesty's horse King's Lynn.
Oisin Murphy got up in the Queen's purple and red silks as the own bred King's Lynn prevailed at a price of 12/1 at Doncaster.
Kameko went on to win the Group Two Shadwell Joel Stakes and then ran a creditable seventh in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland being retired to join the growing list of stallions at Qatar's Tweenhills stud.
Balding and Alcohol Free
First up for the star filly came a victory in the 2020 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket over six furlongs. Oisin Murphy triumphed on the 7/2 Balding shot, taking the Group One by half a length from the Ken Condon trained Miss Amulet.
Again pairing up with Oisin Murphy, Alcohol Free skipped through the slop at a less then Glorious Goodwood to prevail by one and a quarter length.
More Classic success in 2023
Away from racing, Balding is a supporter of Southampton FC.
Andrew Balding's net worth is believed to be £3million.