Hugo Palmer

Hugo was granted a licence to train in 2011. Starting out with just 11 inexpensive horses that he syndicated, the yard has seen a steady stream of success in a short period of time. MAKING EYES provided the highlight of 2012 by becoming the stable’s first stakes winner winning the Listed Prix Jaques de Bremond in France. Each of Hugo’s four seasons has brought more success that the last, and in 2013 the team tasted their first success at big festival meetings when ASCRIPTION won at Glorious Goodwood, and SHORT SQUEEZE won at York’s Ebor Meeting. MAKING EYES then added a second listed win at Newcastle, and then the team scored a double on Doncaster’s St Leger Day to make it a special year.

MAKING EYES gives Hugo a first stakes win in the Prix Jaques de Bremond


The total prize money won has more than doubled each year.  2014 saw a significant advance when AKTABANTAY (above) won the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown. This was the first Group winner for the team, and they did not have to wait long for the second - just five days later NEW PROVIDENCE won the Group 3 Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury

2015 broke new ground for the yard.  COVERT LOVE was the stable star, winning five times - twice at the highest level.  Victorious in the Irish Oaks, the stable's first Classic, and the Prix de l'Opera she was one of the highest rated fillies in the world.  Her supporting cast included Group 2 winner GALILEO GOLD, Group 3 winners NEW PROVIDENCE, HAWKSMOOR and GIFTED MASTER and Listed winner HOME OF THE BRAVE.  Together, their exploits saw the stable break the £1million in UK prize money barrier for the first time.   

COVERT LOVE rounds off a fantastic season in 2015 by winning the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera


2016 saw the bar raised even higher with a first Royal Ascot success, a top-ten finish in the Trainers Championship and the £2million prize money mark met.  QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and St James' Palace Stakes winner GALILEO GOLD, German 1,000 Guineas winner HAWKSMOOR, and Group winners HOME OF THE BRAVE, BEST OF DAYS, AFANDEM and GIFTED MASTER provided some of the highlights.  

An admirable strike rate, particularly with two year olds, and these high profile winners have led to Hugo being regarded as one of the country’s most promising young trainers. A significant proportion of the horses in the string are still owned by syndicates, and there are options to suit all pockets.  However added to them there are now horses owned by some of the world’s leading owners.  

GALILEO GOLD wins the 2016 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas


Early Life

Hugo grew up in the Scottish borders and learnt to ride at a very young age. Before becoming a trainer Hugo spent time working for Cheveley Park Stud and John Warren at Highclere Stud. He was assistant to Patrick Chamings, and then spent 3 seasons as Hughie Morrison’s assistant trainer. After 5 years as a UK assistant it was Hugo’s good fortune to secure a job in Australia with Gai Waterhouse during which time the team won 8 Group 1s.

Hugo has worked for some of the racing world’s leading professionals and on starting training he was asked about his experiences with them, he commented:

“Having worked for some amazing people around the globe, it is my intention to use what I have learned from everyone I have worked for to achieve my goals.  I am determined to train as many winners as possible, treat each horse with the individual attention it needs and never as a number, and above all to do everything in my power to ensure that everyone involved in Hugo Palmer Racing gets the most out of the experience.”

Hugo and GALILEO GOLD after the 2016 St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot


Hugo Palmer Racing

Hugo Palmer Racing
Kremlin Cottage Stables

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