Jump to: navigation, search

Toby Balding

Gerald 'Toby' Balding (born 23 September 1936) is a retired British racehorse trainer.

He was born in the United States where his father, also named Gerald, ran a polo team and is part of a famous racing family. His brother, Ian Balding, also a retired trainer, trained Mill Reef to win the Epsom Derby.

He achieved success with both flat and National Hunt horses. He first began training in 1956 and his first winners were Bower Chalk at Ascot Racecourse (Flat) and The Quiet Man at Wincanton Racecourse (jumps).

He finally retired on the final day of the 2004 Flat season and is one of the few men to have trained the winner of the Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. In total he trained over 2,000 winners.

On 12 December 2006 he was elected an Honorary Member of the Jockey Club and he is currently (April 2008) a Director of the British Horseracing Authority[1]


Significant wins

Grand National

  • Highland Wedding (1969)

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Champion Hurdle

  • Beech Road (1989)
  • Morley Street (1991)



Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...