Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli is expected to undergo surgery and spend another stint on the sidelines after a scary barrier trial incident that resulted in a horse dying at Sha Tin on Friday morning.
Rispoli was riding Spicy Sure when the six-year-old suffered a suspected fractured shoulder and tumbled to the ground, in turn hurting the rider’s right shoulder.
The 29-year-old was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital at Sha Tin, where he was diagnosed with a fractured right collarbone, and will undergo surgery later today.
Rispoli missed nine weeks of last season after hurting his knee in a horror fall at Happy Valley in November 2016 in which he bounced high into the air after being flung to the turf from Mr Pele.
Even though Rispoli fractured bones in his ankle and damaged knee ligaments, he pledged to return within two months and was nearly true to his word.
Rispoli pushed through to the end of the term, finishing last season with 15 wins, and has ridden 23 wins so far in 2017-18 to sit eighth in the jockeys’ championship.
Spicy Sure was euthanised after the incident in which no other horses or jockeys were injured.
Rispoli has already been replaced for four rides at Sha Tin on Sunday, with Eddy Lai Wai-ming on Jumbo Bus, Derek Leung Ka-chun to ride Lasting Friendship, Matthew Chadwick on Ace King and Neil Callan booked to ride God Of Dragon.