Originally from the Scottish borders, Hugo made the move to Newmarket in 2011 to set up as a trainer aged just 29. Palmer gained valuable experience and carved a great base to his career when working at some of Britain’s best Stud farms including Cheveley Park Stud and Highclere Stud, receiving advice from the likes of Chris Richardson and Her Majesty's racing advisor John Warren. Hugo also spent time working under trainers Patrick Chamings, Hughie Morrison and the legendary Gai Waterhouse in Australia.
Hugo has proved that his horses can compete and win on racing’s major platforms having saddled winners in valuable handicaps at both Glorious Goodwood and York’s Ebor meeting. In 2014, Aktabantay, owned by Mr Ibrahim Araci, gave Hugo his first Group success when winning the Group 3 European Wealth Solario Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse on the 30th August capping off what had already been a breakthrough season for his trainer. This was swiftly followed by yet another Group 3 win when New Providence took the Dick Poole Fillies Stakes at Salisbury on the 4th September.
The following year saw Hugo build on these successes as Covert Love scored dual Group 1 victories in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, and the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamps. 2016 already looks to be a defining season for Hugo having teamed up with Al Shaqab to saddle his first British Classic winner with Galileo Gold striking in the 2,000 Guineas early in the season. With plenty more expected from talented prospects such as Gifted Master and Hawksmoor, this year should continue to see Hugo Palmer’s star in the ascendancy in the world of racing.