Umberto Rispoli

Last updated
Umberto Rispoli Umberto-Rispoli20110327.jpg
Umberto Rispoli

Umberto Rispoli (born 31 August 1988 in San Severino Marche, Italy) is a horse racing jockey. He commenced his apprenticeship in 2005 and graduated to the senior ranks in 2010. He was a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club until December 2019 when he moved his tack to Southern California. [1] [2] As of June 2021, Rispoli has accrued over $11 million in purses and won 189 races. [3]


Early life

Rispoli (born 31 August 1988 in San Severino Marche, Italy), but is family is originally from Napoli. He grew up in Scampia, the infamous neighborhood later to be used as the set for the Gomorrah (TV series). In the summer of 2002 Rispoli left Naples to reach Luigi Camici's stable, in Cisterna di Latina. Camici saddled the Arc de triomphe winner Tony Bin in 1988, the same year when Umberto was born. In Autumn 2004 Umberto got his Jockey Licence in the Italian Racing School in Pisa. On 5 February 2005 he made his debut in Varese for Alduino Botti, who later became his trainer for five years. He rode 82 winners on his first year as apprentice. In the 2009 Rispoli was crowned Champion Jockey for his first time, a feat he repeated in 2010. He spent five seasons in France between 2012 and 2016, before he moved to Hong Kong, and then in 2019 to Los Angeles, California, where he lives with his wife Kimberley Mosse and their son Hayden.

Career as a jockey

Rispoli rode his first race in Varese on Polar Eagle in February 2005. He finished second. On 19/2/05 he rode his first winner, Pace Maker. He was crowned Champion Italian Jockey during the 2009 and 2010 racing seasons. In 2009 Rispoli broke the Italian record of Gianfranco Dettori's 229 winners exactly 20 years later on the very same day 21/11/09. Rispoli did 230 on Sugarland in Pisa, eventually setting the new record at 245. After 5 season 2012–2016 in France with few Gr1 success in the bag, he moved to Hong Kong he rode under HKJC. In December 2019, he moved to Southern California where he has made quite an impact in the local jockey colony. [4] He rode so far 1492 winners around the world, including Italy, France, England, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa and the Mauritius.

Major wins

Twice Italian Champion Jockey: 2009 and 2010

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

Flag of Japan.svg Japan

Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong

Flag of France.svg France

Flag of the United States.svg United States

Year-end charts

Chart (2019–present)Year-End Rank by earnings
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2019819
National Earnings List for Jockeys 202019

Related Research Articles

Ribot (horse) British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Ribot was a British-bred Italian-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who is one of the Timeform top-rated racehorses of all time. He is considered by many experts to be in the top 3 of the most complete and strongest racehorses in history. Undefeated in sixteen races, he won over all distances, from 5 furlongs (1,000m) to 1m 7f (3,000m) in three countries and on all types of track conditions. He was the best Italian two-year-old of 1954, when his three wins included the Gran Criterium. He won his first four races of 1955 in Italy before being sent to France where he won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In the following year he was even better, recording wide-margin victories in both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Hong Kong Jockey Club

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) is one of the oldest institutions in Hong Kong, having been founded in 1884. In 1959, it was granted a Royal Charter and renamed The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club (英皇御准香港賽馬會). The institution reverted to its original name in 1996 due to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997. Membership of the club is by nomination and election.

Saeed bin Suroor is a horse racing trainer. He took out his training license in 1993 and the following year was appointed as the trainer for Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation.

Pat Eddery

Patrick James John Eddery was an Irish flat racing jockey and horse trainer. He rode three winners of The Derby, and was Champion Jockey on eleven occasions. He rode the winners of 4,632 British flat races, a figure exceeded only by Sir Gordon Richards.

William Fisher Hunter Carson, OBE is a retired jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Christophe Soumillon Belgian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey

Christophe Soumillon is a Belgian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.

Alain de Royer-Dupré is a leading French thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

Gérald Mossé

Gérald Mossé is a jockey in thoroughbred horse racing. He began riding professionally in April 1983 and his success during his apprenticeship under Patrick-Louis Biancone led to an offer to ride for renowned trainer François Boutin and his stable of horses belonging to Jean-Luc Lagardère. Mossé went on to become one of his country's top jockeys, winning the 1990 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 1991, he rode Arazi to five straight wins in France then spent 1992 and part of 1993 racing in Hong Kong.

Peter Chapple-Hyam is a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He trained Dr Devious to win The Derby in 1992 and repeated the feat with Authorized in 2007. He managed two Group One wins in his first season as a trainer in 1991. Away from racing he is a keen supporter of West Bromwich Albion F.C.

Tony Bin (1983–2000) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in Europe for his Italian owner from a base in Milan and became a leading sire in Japan.

Paul F. I. Cole is a British racehorse trainer. Since 1987 he has been based at Whatcombe Estate in Berkshire, the former stables of Dick Dawson and Arthur Budgett.

Thierry Jarnet is a champion thoroughbred flat racing jockey in France who won the title four times between 1992–1995. Jarnet was first apprenticed to Patrick Rago at Maisons-Laffitte and then to Yann Porzier at Chantilly, Oise.

Philip Peter Robinson is a former English flat racing jockey.

Alan Munro (jockey) English jockey

Alan Munro is an English flat racing jockey.

William Buick Norwegian-born flat jockey

William Buick is a British-Norwegian flat jockey. He shared the champion apprentice jockey title in 2008 with David Probert and won the Lester Award for Apprentice Jockey of the Year in 2007 and 2008. From 2010 to 2014 he was stable jockey to John Gosden. In 2015 he signed with Godolphin. Buick won his first Group1 race in Canada in 2010 and since then has won Group 1 races in England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.He has won three Classics: the St Leger in 2010 and 2011 and the Derby in 2018.

Maxime Guyon French flat racing jockey (born 1989)

Maxime Guyon is a French flat racing jockey, who debuted at 2005. In 2008, he received a professional license and won first group one at the Grand Prix de Paris. In 2010, he won races in the United Kingdom, Japan and Hong Kong.

Douglas Whyte

Douglas Whyte is a former horse racing jockey and is now a horse trainer. He became Hong Kong champion jockey in the 2000-2001 season and won 13 consecutive titles, a record in flat racing. In 2013-14, he relinquished that title to Zac Purton, finishing third with 88 wins to give him an accumulated total of more than 1,600 races in Hong Kong with career stake earnings of more than $HK 1.3 billion.

Neil Callan is an Irish horse racing jockey. He has been ranked in the top echelon of riders on the UK jockeys' championship and has finished runner-up in 2005 and 2007. In 2010/2011 he rode 5 winners during his first three-month stint in Hong Kong.

Molvedo, (1958–1987) was an Italian Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. The leading Italian two-year-old of 1960, he missed the first half of the following season through injury but returned to win his remaining four races, establishing himself as the top racehorse in Europe and one of the best horses ever trained in Italy. The highlight of his career came in France's most prestigious and valuable race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, in which he defeated a strong international field. He was retired to stud at the end of 1961 and had some success as a breeding stallion.

Sikeston was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who had his greatest success in Italy. In five years on the track, he ran 34 times and won 11 races, seven of them at Group 1 level, three at Group 2 and one at Group 3 and was also placed in several major races. He produced most of his best performances on soft or heavy going. He won the Gran Criterium as a two-year-old in 1988 and the Premio Parioli in the following spring. As a four-year-old in 1990 he won the Premio Natale di Roma, Premio Ribot and Premio Vittorio di Capua. In the following season he took the Premio Vittorio di Capua for a second time as well as the Premio Presidente della Repubblica, Queen Anne Stakes and Premio Roma. In his final season on the track he won a second Premio Presidente della Repubblica and the Irish International Stakes.


  3. "Jockey Profile: Umberto Rispoli". Retrieved June 5, 2021.