|Region:||South East Queensland|
When Radio TAB conducted a poll of 10 racing identities to name Queensland's top 10 apprentice jockeys of all time, Gary Palmer was rated number one. The almost shy Palmer rode several hundred winners as an apprentice and went on to be a top jockey in Hong Kong and Macau. Palmer had a stint riding in Melbourne for the Tommy Hughes stable where he tasted Group 1 success. His sons Matt and Michael were also successful apprentice jockeys.
Palmer's best wins included Stradbroke (Daybreak Lover, Rouslan), VATC Toorak Handicap (Salamander), Brisbane Cup (Love Bandit), Doomben Cup (Grey Affair), AJC Chipping Norton Stakes (Grey Affair), QTC Oaks (Look Aloft), QTC Derby (Florissa), QTC Sires' Produce (Star of the Knight), Queensland Cup (Dimitri), STC Todman Slipper Trial (Daybreak Lover), Coca Cola Stakes (Daybreak Lover), Meynink Stakes (Daybreak Lover), Moreton Handicap (Grey Affair), J.H.S. Barnes Plate (Salamander), Ascot Handicap (Prince Anton, Charmosa, Anchor In), Frazer Handicap (Full Suit), Federation Cup (Child of Choice), QTC Metropolitan (Whetu), Exhibition Handicap (Sovita), Brisbane Handicap (Mayne Hall), Golden Stakes (Wait Here), Goldmarket (Romanino, Sir Rocket), Byrne Hart Stakes (Pride of Rancho), QTC Guineas (Bermuda Bird), QTC Easter Cup (Great Lover), Delaney Quality (Vinegar Joe), Caloundra Cup (Altrista, Mr Lately), BTC Cup (Vinegar Joe), George Moore Stakes (Foreign Interest), Labour Day Cup (Concord Stage).