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Andrew balding

The Kingsclere trainer on his expanding string for 2019

After his best year in 2018, Andrew Balding hopes
to build on the success that has seen his string reach 200 horses for the first
time.

Balding topped his previous record of 119 winners
in Britain in 2014 with 123 winners last year, totalling £2,601,152 in
prize-money, and has a particularly exciting three-year-old team for this
campaign, including potential Classic candidates Bangkok, Bell Rock and Fox
Tal.

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He said: “You can only train what you’re sent and
to put it simply we had a lot better horses. If they can stay healthy this year
they’re a very strong team.

“You want to do as well as you can with what you
have each year and our season revolves, certainly until September, around the
big festivals and we’ll be trying to compete successfully.”

The notable support of owners King Power Racing has
helped boost the quality and quantity at Balding’s disposal with the trainer
hoping the operation can match the ambition of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha,
who tragically died in a helicopter crash in October.

Balding said: “Everyone involved at King Power
Racing is aiming to continue the legacy of Vichai – it was his baby and
dream and we’d all love to see it reach the potential he had in mind.

“It’s been a major boost to be sent many seriously
well-bred, attractive animals by King Power Racing and it’s a lot easier to
train them than lesser horses. We want to repay the faith they have shown.”

Beat The Bank, Here Comes When and Maid Up
fulfilled star roles last year and are back for more, while punters should note
the yard’s juvenile runners in novice races, who have posted a £1 level-stake
profit in two of the last three years, including an impressive +£103.90 in
2018.

Stable profile

Yard Park House
Where Kingsclere, Newbury, Hampshire
Started training 2003
Finest hour Side Glance winning the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington
in 2013
Horses in yard 200
Strike rate last year 16%
Total prize-money 2018 £2,601,152
Members of staff 75
Assistant trainer Nigel Walker
Head lads Kevin Hunt, Dylan Holley, Ross Burdon, Maddie O’Meara,
Liam Mungovan
Jockeys Oisin Murphy, David Probert, Rob Hornby, Martin Dwyer
Apprentices Josh Bryan, William Carver, William Cox, Kayleigh
Stephens
Website kingsclere.com

WINNERS IN BRITAIN

2018 123
2017 93
2016 107
2015 95
2014 119

PROFIT/LOSS TO £1 STAKE

2018 -£59.03
2017 -£67.39
2016 -£102.74
2015 -£272.93
2014 -£35.60

Older horses

Beat The Bank
Five-year-old gelding
Paco Boy (sire) – Tiana (dam)
Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd
Form figures: 615100-
Racing Post Rating: 121; Official Rating 116
He continues to be a star for us and enjoyed another good campaign last year. I thought he was a bit unlucky in the Queen Anne and that’s his ultimate target again. He’s likely to start off in the Lockinge and there’s a chance we could try him over further later in the year.

Berkshire Blue
4g Champs Elysees – Lemon Rock
Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd
41715-
RPR 102 OR 98
He’s an exciting stayer and a high quality horse. We’re just going to take our time in getting him back on the track after a slight niggle as he’s got a long career ahead of him. He should be back in action by midsummer and the Ebor is very much his intended target.

Cleonte
6g Sir Percy – Key Figure
King Power Racing Co Ltd
249613-
RPR 104 OR 101
He did nothing but improve last year and finished with a good third in the Cesarewitch. His rating now reflects that and it will be tougher for him but he’ll start off in the Chester Cup – a track he could love or hate – and is another potential Ebor candidate.

Crossing The Line
4f Cape Cross – Terentia
Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
2111-71
RPR 105 OR 100
She’s a decent filly and will run in the Fillies’ And Mares’ race on All-Weather finals day. She’s certainly up to running well there and then we’ll look at Listed races on the turf.

Dancing Star
6m Aqlaam – Strictly Dancing
Jeff Smith
024215-
RPR 113 OR 105
She saw out seven furlongs well when winning the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster and the reason we’ve kept her in training is to try her over a mile. The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot will be her main target and if she stays the trip it will open up a range of other options.

Dancing Star: set to step up to a mile this season

Donjuan Triumphant
6h Dream Ahead – Mathuna
King Power Racing Co Ltd
249431-
RPR 118 OR 112
He’s been a star for us and ran some terrific races last year. He loves soft ground and is suited by six or seven furlongs – if the going is right for him he’ll be on the premises for any type of race. The Sprint Cup at Haydock and Sprint on Champions Day will be on the agenda again. Historically there has tended to be give in the ground by that time of the season and although he’s unlikely to win one of them, he’s won plenty of prize-money in those sorts of races and it’s good for his profile as one day he might hopefully have done enough for stallion purposes.

Foxtrot Lady
4f Foxwedge – Strictly Dancing
Jeff Smith
151621-
RPR 106 OR 102
She progressed through the ranks last year, thrives on her racing and is a fantastic-looking filly. She was unlucky not to win a Listed race as a three-year-old but should be capable of doing so this time around.

Here Comes When
9g Danehill Dancer – Quad’s Melody
Fitri Hay
9/54910-
RPR 118 OR 110
A stalwart of our yard. He’s a far better horse with give in the ground but is just full of enthusiasm and looks magnificent. His downfall in many ways is his over enthusiasm – particularly first time out when he’s usually like a bull in a china shop! This will probably be his last season and I’d love to win with him.

Lorelina
6m Passing Glance – Diktalina
Tim Wixted & Tony Anderson
511188-
RPR 100 OR 96
She loves some give in the ground and is very capable when conditions are in her favour. She’s been a bit slow to come in her coat so we’re in no rush with her at this stage.

Maid Up
4f Mastercraftsman – Complexion
Brightwalton Bloodstock Ltd
111219-
RPR 107 OR 105
She was a revelation last year, starting on a mark of 67 to winning the March Stakes and the step up in trip brought out the best in her. She’s probably going to start off in the Middleton at York on May 16 or the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on May 4. She’s a lovely filly, really honest and has a bit of class to match.

Maid Up: could return in the Middleton or Jockey Club Stakes

Montaly
8g Yeats – Le Badie
Farleigh Racing
7/47588-
RPR 114 OR 103
He’s full of enthusiasm and will probably run in the Chester Cup which he won two years ago. He loves a strongly-run race although is caught a little in between grades as he’s either topweight in the big handicaps or faces a stiff task in Listed or Group company, but I’m sure we’ll find something for him during the season.

Morando
6g Kendargent – Moranda
King Power Racing Co Ltd
2/30521-
RPR 116 OR 113
He’s relatively lightly raced for his age and looked to see out the trip really well when dead-heating in the St Simon Stakes on his first run over 1m4f on his last start. That gives us plenty of options and he’s a far better horse with ease underfoot.

Pivoine
5g Redoute’s Choice – Fleur De Cactus
King Power Racing Co Ltd
14610-6
RPR 110 OR 104
He ran a fine race off topweight at Chelmsford last week and historically has needed a run or two to put him straight so will improve for that. I’m hoping he could develop into a stakes horse as the season goes on.

Straight Right
5g Siyouni – Sailor Moon
King Power Racing Co Ltd
6115-22
RPR 113 OR 107
He’s pretty handy and will run in the mile race on All-Weather finals day. He’s well capable of winning a decent race on turf and quickish ground and a strong gallop will suit him ideally.

Three-year-olds

Bangkok
c Australia – Tanaghum
King Power Racing Co Ltd
244-1
RPR 94 OR 88
Things didn’t really pan out for him last year but his work had been great prior to Doncaster and he won how we hoped he would. The Dee Stakes at Chester and Dante at York are possibilities and he’s capable of running very well in a Classic trial. His pedigree suggests he should have no problem staying 1m4f but he’s also shown a lot of speed at home so we’ll see how he fares over 1m2f.

Bell Rock
c Kingman – Liberally
Fitri Hay
1-
RPR 83 OR – 
We rate him very highly. His work has been excellent and he’s an exciting prospect. He’s entered in the 2,000 Guineas and I was hoping to run him in the Craven but he might not make it after a little niggle. We’ll make a decision in the next ten days but he’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing how far he can go.

Bye Bye Hong Kong
c Street Sense – Light And Variable
King Power Racing Co Ltd
3152-
RPR 105 OR 107
His work has been good and he heads to Chelmsford on Thursday for the Road to Kentucky Derby conditions race. He’s stepping up to a mile, which he’s not guaranteed to stay, but he’s got more chance of getting the trip on a turning track. He has a good level of form from last year and is a horse we rate.

Dashing Willoughby
c Nathaniel – Miss Dashwood
Mick and Janice Mariscotti
128-
RPR 100 OR 99
He was a big price when winning on debut at Wolverhampton but it wasn’t really a surprise as his work had been pretty good. He’s bred to stay well and is a Queen’s Vase hopeful with an entry in a conditions race at Newbury on Friday.

Firelight
f Oasis Dream – Freedom’s Light
George Strawbridge
411448-
RPR 100 OR 97
She’s very much of the sprinting mould and may well be campaigned more over five than six furlongs. She ran some good races last year, improved as the season went on and I’m hopeful there’s more to come.

Flashcard
g Fast Company – Portico
Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds II
112-
RPR 93 OR 93
He’s a really nice horse, did well last year and has been gelded over the winter. We’re in no rush with him and will likely start him off in a three-year-old handicap at Goodwood on May 25.

Star Quality

Fox Tal
c Sea The Stars – Maskunah
King Power Racing Co Ltd
3143-
RPR 110 OR 109

He seems to have wintered well and is a horse who never carries a lot of excess condition. He’s a natural athlete, his work has been great and we’re looking to run him in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown on April 26. He’s entered in the Derby and that will be in the reckoning if he shows up well at Sandown, while the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot could be a possibility. He’s an exciting horse and has a lot of class.

Grace And Danger
f Teofilo – Opinionated
N M Watts/D Powell/Mrs I A Balding
1-
RPR 82 OR – 
She’s been working nicely and will start off in one of the Pretty Polly, Cheshire Oaks or Lingfield Oaks trial. Her work suggests she’s worth an entry in the Oaks and she’s a versatile filly regarding ground – she’s a good mover and has class.

Happy Power
c Dark Angel – Tamarisk
King Power Racing Co Ltd
4131-
RPR 95 OR 93
His form is solid and he’s better with a bit of give in the ground. I think seven furlongs is his trip and he could develop into a Jersey Stakes horse. He’s entered at Newbury on Friday in a three-year-old handicap.

Dark Horse

King Power
f Frankel – Prowess
King Power Racing Co Ltd
5-
RPR 67 OR –
 
She’s going to be entered in the Oaks and is a nice filly. She was a bit weak last year and had one run at Newbury but has developed really well over the winter. Whether she’s quite up to running in the Oaks or if it will come too soon remains to be seen but she’s smart and will return in a maiden. 

Look Around
f Kingman – Magic America
George Strawbridge
5117-
RPR 97 OR 97
She did really well last year and we’ve always thought she’s very smart. I was hoping to start her off in the Nell Gwyn but she’s took a little bit of time in coming in her coat so we’ll make a plan in the next fortnight. She’s won a Listed race and I’d like to think she can win a Group 3 and if she stays a mile that would open up more options.

Look Around: a Listed winner at two and an exciting filly to follow

Never Do Nothing
g Casamento – Purple Tigress
A Brooke-Rankin & Partner
311-
RPR 82 OR 83
He improved with each start and is really honest. He’ll relish a step up in trip and will appreciate a bit of give in the ground. He’s entered at Windsor on Monday and a handicap over a mile and a quarter at the Craven meeting on Tuesday is another option.

Raise You
c Lope De Vega – Hikari
J Palmer-Brown
2-
RPR 86 OR-
He’s a horse we like a lot and ran really well on debut. The form has been franked and he’s likely to run at Newbury on Saturday.

Rectory Road
g Paco Boy – Caerlonore
Park House Partnership
1-61
RPR 87 OR 87
A nice type who has done well in winning two novice races on the all-weather. He was due to run in the Kentucky Derby trial at Kempton but unfortunately was lame and has had a bit of time off. Hopefully we can get him back to his best as he has a lot of ability.

Shine So Bright
c Oasis Dream – Alla Speranza
King Power Racing Co Ltd
15333-
RPR 106 OR 106
He’s a grand horse, bought by King Power Racing at Ascot then ran three good races for us when placed in the Richmond, Gimcrack and Mill Reef Stakes. He’s due to start off in the European Free Handicap at Newmarket on Tuesday and his work has pleased me.

Two-year-olds

We were very spoilt last year with what we were
sent and although this year’s group did not cost anywhere near as much
they’re very nice and I’m delighted. We have no particularly early types but
plenty of nice prospects for later in the season. It’s early days but the bulk
of our nicer types will not be running until June at the earliest.

Horse to follow

Dancing Star
Former Stewards’ Cup winner who appreciated the step up to seven furlongs last season and might improve again when she steps up to a mile. After being desperately unlucky not to win at Goodwood, Dancing Star did really well to win the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster as she raced in a group away from the three others fillies that filled the frame. If she does stay the mile, her uncomplicated style will make her a force to be reckoned with in the best races against her own sex.

Andrew Balding Stable Tour

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