Tribute to Toby Balding

26th September 2014

Tribute has been paid to Honorary Jockey Club member, Toby Balding OBE who died yesterday.

A popular and well loved figure in the sport, Toby Balding trained both Flat and Jumps horses and is one of the few trainers to have won the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.

In fact he won the Grand National twice, with Highland Wedding (1969) and Little Polveir (1989). He also achieved the unique feat of producing Morley Street to win at Aintree on five consecutive years (1989 -93) including four Aintree Hurdles. 

Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:

"We are all very sad to hear the news of Toby's death. He meant a huge amount to so many people and he made a tremendous contribution to our sport. He will be missed by all at The Jockey Club and I would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and many friends."

The Jockey Club appointed Toby Balding OBE an Honorary Member in 2005 on the back of his lifetime contribution to British racing.