Andrew became the licensed trainer at Kingsclere in January 2003 when he succeeded his father Ian, to whom he had been Assistant since 1999. His training career got off to a perfect start when he saddled Casual Look to win the 2003 Epsom Oaks and since then the yard has gone from strength to strength, increasing in both size and quality. Further domestic Group winners have included Passing Glance, Buccellati, Highland Knight, Night Carnation, Lay Time, Bonfire, Tullius and Here Comes When. In 2014 the Kingsclere-bred Elm Park won the Group 2 Royal Lodge and the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, whilst 2016 has seen five Group wins, including from the exciting juveniles South Seas and Poet’s Vanity. The yard has also landed major handicaps such as the Ayr Gold Cup, the Ascot Challenge Cup and the Britannia and Wokingham handicaps at the Royal Meeting.
Andrew has proven to be a skilled campaigner of horses internationally, winning races at Group level in America, Germany, Dubai, Hong Kong, Canada, Turkey and Australia. Particular international highlights have been the exploits of Phoenix Reach, winner of the Canadian International, Hong Kong Vase and Dubai Sheema Classic, and more recently the home-bred Side Glance, winner of the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington and placed in the Woodbine Mile, the Dubai World Cup (twice), the Arlington Million (twice), the United Nations Stakes and the Cox Plate. In 2016 Blond Me won the Group 2 Topkapi Trophy at Veliefendi in Italy.
Andrew has ranked in the top fifteen in the British Flat Trainers’ Championship since 2012, and in the 2012-13 season surpassed 100 winners and £1m prize-money for the first time, a feat repeated each season since. For statistics on Andrew’s career as a trainer, please click here.
Born in London in 1972, Andrew hails from a family that is steeped in racing history. His great grandfather Aubrey Hastings was the trainer of no fewer than four Grand National winners, including Ascetic Silver who he rode himself to win the great race in 1907. His grandfathers Gerald Balding and Peter Hastings-Bass both trained with great success and, as well as his father Ian, his uncles Toby Balding and William Huntingdon have enjoyed training winners at the highest level.
Andrew grew up at Kingsclere with his sister Clare (the presenter, writer and broadcaster), and both children were involved with horses from an early age. Andrew attended Radley College before obtaining a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. During this time he rode as an amateur jockey and spent working holidays with trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies in Gloucestershire and Dan Hendricks in California.
After leaving Cirencester, Andrew joined Toby Balding’s Fyfield Stables as the yard’s amateur jockey. In just over one hundred rides he rode 20 winners under rules, his wins including The Horse and Hound Cup at Stratford and The Moet and Chandon at Epsom.
In 1997 Andrew joined the Yorkshire based trainer Lynda Ramsden for two seasons. During this time he was closely associated with horses such as Nuclear Debate, Hawksley Hill, Bishops Court and Top Cees. The latter named joined the Kingsclere team when Lynda Ramsden stopped training in 1998 and Andrew returned home to assist his father.
Andrew is married to Anna Lisa and they live on site at Kingsclere with their two sons, Jonno and Toby, daughter Flora, labrador Henry and boxer Georgia.