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Umberto Rispoli

Magnifico! Italian trio brings flair to first half of the season

Mirco Demuro, after winning the Stewards' Cup on Blazing Speed, is one of a trio of Italians who have added a new dimension to Hong Kong racing. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Passionate, spontaneous and adored by Asian racing fans, Italians Mirco Demuro, Umberto Rispoli and Nicola Pinna have been a breath of fresh air this season – part of a new wave of talent that has helped to further rejuvenate the Hong Kong jockey ranks.

Tuesday, 4 February, 2014, 11:58am

Rispoli returns the favour in style to popular Woods

Umberto Rispoli

It was popular British horseman Sean Woods who gave Umberto Rispoli his first Hong Kong winner last year, and the Italian rider returned the favour to land a very confident betting move on Ho In One for the yard yesterday.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Rispoli has all the attributes to make big impact in Hong Kong

Umberto Rispoli

The toughest things to grasp here for riders from the western hemisphere are the importance of a clean break from the start and the slow-motion mind games of not riding the volume of winners a jockey might be used to racking up at home.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:44am

Rispoli thanks 'lucky charm' after reaching double figures

Umberto Rispoli shows his trademark sign on Taknam. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Umberto Rispoli has already exceeded his goals for this season with two months remaining on his current contract, wins to Taknam and Alpha Grand pushing his win total into double figures.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:54am

True Courage is coming along well

The lightly raced True Courage is progressing with racing and will be a major threat when he next steps out following another game performance in the Class Four Cleveland Handicap (1,000m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Sore Luffy stretches legs behind gates, then does it all on the track

Trainer Tony Cruz

A history of sesamoid bone issues and subsequent lameness saw the Tony Cruz-trained first-starter Luffy start a despised 55-1 outsider, but once behind the gates, the four-year-old seemed to shed any soreness was an impressive winner on debut.

7 Jan 2013 - 3:10am

Rispoli makes perfect tribute to fallen comrade

Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli looks up to the sky after scoring on Perfect Hedge. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The second leg of a double - which very nearly was a treble - to trainer Peter Ng Bik-kuen gave an emotional Umberto Rispoli the perfect platform to pay tribute to a fallen comrade and countryman, the jockey pointing to the sky as he crossed the line on Perfect Hedge.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

Crowd favourite Rispoli is the double king

Umberto Rispoli sure knows how to celebrate a win as he guides longshot Dream Builder to complete his double in race nine. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It seems winners come in bunches for Umberto Rispoli. The in-form Italian grabbed his second double of the week and planted the seed for what could be another fruitful association with a trainer when he nabbed his first winner for Caspar Fownes - on a 40-1 shot no less.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

Umberto Rispoli scores a double at Happy Valley

Umberto Rispoli guides Pure Force strongly to the line to win race four and complete a riding double at Happy Valley. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Umberto Rispoli is intent on maintaining the momentum gained late in last season's successful short-term stint, and got the ball rolling for this term last night with a double at Happy Valley - earning praise for his power in a close finish.

29 Nov 2012 - 2:48am

Zac Purton to take the reins of Ambitious Dragon

Zac Purton

In-form jockey Zac Purton will ride Ambitious Dragon when the two-time reigning Horse of the Year returns later this month, giving the Australian first crack at securing the much sought-after ride in the upcoming features.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:02am

Whyte all clear after fall, but Rispoli not so lucky

Champion jockey Douglas Whyte remarkably escaped unscathed from one of the nastiest moments of the season when odds-on chance Can Do shattered a foreleg mid-race, but visiting Italian Umberto Rispoli was not as lucky after he collected the favourite on the way through.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rispoli signs off in style on Rulership

A brilliant Italian rider and a super Japanese racehorse will be the names on the trophy for the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup of 2012, but the Sha Tin racetrack also emerged from the gloom of Sunday morning to play hero in yesterday's international feature.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

QE II Cup is the biggest win of my career, says Rispoli

Lightning struck again for Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli as he offered Hong Kong his preferred farewell and signed off with sensational Audemars Piguet QE II Cup win on Rulership yesterday.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

QE II Cup win will boost my career, says Rispoli

Umberto Rispoli reunites with a more relaxed Rulership in tomorrow's QEII Cup and hopes victory in the international Group One race can slingshot him to success in Europe.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rispoli torn between staying and leaving

In-vogue Italian Umberto Rispoli said he is still a '50-50 chance' of extending his local riding licence, the youngster torn between his childhood dream of riding in France and overtures from Hong Kong Jockey Club officials desperate to maintain diversity in the jockey ranks.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am