It was always Hugo’s ambition to be a trainer. He has had a passion for horses since a young age and is undeniably a natural horseman. He grew up in Normandy and rode out daily for his uncle Julien Merienne where he later returned as a jockey.
Hugo has been privileged to learn from some of the best trainers in Europe. After a very successful riding career as an amateur for Arthur Moore and Guillaume Macaire, Hugo began to gain as much experience as he could to prepare himself to achieve his ambition. He worked as an assistant trainer to Yannick Fouin before spending a season with Willie Mullins in Ireland; this was invaluable experience which has provided him with great contacts and knowledge for use in his own stable. He has continued to refine his eye for selecting a good racehorse with two years as a bloodstock agent, purchasing winners for clients in Ireland and England.
This has been proven at the beginning of his training career with the purchase of Late News who was responsible for a proud moment when providing him with his first winner as a trainer on the track. He was purchased for just €1000 and has now won over €48000 in prize money.
Hugo prides himself on honesty and treats every horse as an individual. He assesses the needs of both the horse and the owner before designing their training routines and deciding on which races to target.