RETIRED South African businessman Brian Finch loves Twitter, and Twitter loves him, and so do we, because we continue to admire this racing fanatic’s lifestyle and we are able to follow his every move as he posts to social media. We’re sorry Brian, but not too sorry!
Here’s Brian (left), with British-born South African trainer Joey Ramsden visiting the Balding family’s Kingsclere Training Establishment near Newbury, UK, this week – this is where Andrew Balding has been training since 2003.
Established in 1865 by Sir Joseph Hawley, a colourful figure of the Victorian turf, Kingsclere’s history has been a story of a succession of rich men as well as trainers.
During his 39 year spell as the trainer at Kingsclere (1964-2003), Andrew’s father Ian Balding sent out over 2,000 winners, including the winners of 123 Group races. Of these, the most famous and influential was probably the great Mill Reef.
The running of an operation as large as Kingsclere is extremely labour intensive and there are around seventy people employed at Park House Stables, with the majority of the staff directly involved with the riding and general care of the horses in training.
One of the UK’s top trainers today, Andrew Balding himself has sent out 90 winners plus, every season, since 2012.