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Amused by a piece of interference from Francome; Inside the mind of Ian Balding, trainer of the legendary Mill Reef.

When a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A schoolmaster What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Never pee into the wind Who would play you in a film of your life? Dudley Moore What's your favourite journey? Driving to North Berwick for the DBS golf day Do you think there is too much racing in Britain? Yes, by a mile If there is one thing you could change about your life, what would it be? That I had practised my place kicking What's your favourite/least favourite racecourse? Salisbury and Southwell What's your favourite sport outside racing? Golf, now that I'm too old to play rugby Sum yourself up in five words.

Competitive, great telephone manner (three words!) and fair What was the last film you saw? Avatar What was the last book you read? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson) Give us a playlist of your favourite five songs (and artists). Nella Fantasia (Katherine Jenkins); Shenandoah (Bryn Terfel); Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Elaine Paige); Nessun Dorma (Pavarotti); My Way (Frank Sinatra) Is racing cleaner than it was 20 years ago? Yes, but thank God for Barney Curley Give us a horse to keep an eye on.

Robin Hood, who is in training with my son Andrew What was the best day of your racing life? Mill Reef winning the 1971 Derby, but closely followed by Casual Look's Oaks victory Who's your favourite horse ever? Lochsong What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? Ann Summers/Victoria's Secret Dogs or cats? Dogs, especially ones that chase cats What's your favourite holiday destination - in Britain and abroad? Barbados or Aiken, South Carolina Best/worst subjects at school.

Sport/and anything academic You're invited to a fancy dress party - what will you go as? I would pull a sickie What team do you support? Southampton What superstitions do you have? It's very lucky to drive/walk through a tunnel or under a bridge while a train is going over the top What would you choose as your last meal? Baked beans, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce What is the first big decision you would make if you took over racing? Have an offcourse tote monopoly What is the strangest/funniest thing you have ever seen on a racecourse? John Francome 'interfering' with Robin Gray in a charity race at Ascot - I don't think we need to explain this in full but I think you get the idea Tell us something about yourself that only you know I am not a pervert!

Who'd be your four ideal dinner party guests? Francesca Cumani, Katherine Jenkins, John Francome and Dick Hern What's the worst thing anyone's said to you? It was through two car windows - luckily I couldn't hear but got the general gist.

What keeps you awake at night? My wife What ringtone do you have on your mobile? Simply The Best - but I still can't hear it


Lochsong: Balding's favourite
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2010
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