Charlie Hills is one of the four surviving sons of Classic-winning trainer Barry Hills and has been involved in horse racing since he was a teenager. After leaving school, at the age of 18, Hills worked for leading Australian trainers Peter Hayes and Gabrial ‘Gai’ Waterhouse, before spending two years as assistant trainer to James Fanshawe. Thereafter, he worked for his father until taking over the licence at Faringdon Place Stables in Lambourn, Berkshire, at the age of 32, in 2011.

Charlie Hills saddled a winner with his first runner, Blaise Chorus, in a maiden fillies’ stakes race at Kempton in August that year and quickly established himself as one of the most promising young trainers in the country. Less than two years later, in May, 2013, he won his first Classic, the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh, with Just The Judge and, later that season, won the Shadwell Fillies Mile at Newmarket and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita with the ultimately ill-fated Chriselliam.

More recently, Hills saddled Cartier Champion Sprinter, Muhaarar – rated 132 by Timeform – to win four Group One contests, including the Commonwealth Cup, July Cup and British Champion Sprint Stakes, during his three-year-old campaign in 2015. More recently still, Battaash – currently the highest-rated horse in Europe, according to Timeform, with a rating of 133 – has continued to fly the flag for Hills in the sprinting division, winning the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp in 2017.

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