HUGO PALMER has made an encouraging start to 2019 with Mootasadir already providing him with a black type success in the Listed Magnolia Stakes at Kempton recently and the dreams of a possible second Qipco 2000 Guineas is still alive with the unbeaten Set Piece.
The Dansili colt has notched up victories in novice company at Kempton and Newcastle and the outcome of a gallop on Newmarket Racecourse this week could provide him with the green light to take the massive step up in class in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket next week.
Galileo Gold gave him that much coveted Classic success when taking the opening Newmarket Classic in 2016 when he notched well over £2 million pound in prize money and the past two seasons have seen the Kremlin Cottage Stable trainer sail through the £1 millions pound barrier with a numerical personal best of 87 set last year.
Stable stalwart Gifted Master, who has now won over £750,000 in prize money, has obviously been a major contributor in recent times and is poised to try and add to that tally in the Abernant Stakes at the Craven meeting and Palmer will also be scouring through the programme book to find suitable pattern race opportunities for several others in his team in Europe as the season unfolds.
The Newmarket trainer has already not up 11 winners as his team come out of wraps proper and some exciting times lie ahead.
Hugo kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can provide him with his share of success this time around.