Jose-Luis Borrego--8st 6 lbs--53.5 kgs
"Rides with the same panache as Steve Cauthen"........Nick Higgins
Jose-Luis has ridden 155 winners in Spain & France since the age of 14 when he started as an amateur in 1991.

In 1995, he was Champion Apprentice, winning 26 races from 200 rides.

Due to the declining fortunes of Spanish racing in the last 6 years, he has found it hard to extend the potential that he showed as a young apprentice.

I have never been as impressed by a jockey as I have by this charming, modest & down-to-earth chap. He has the star material and even rides like Cauthen in the saddle.

As a teenager, he used to ask me to watch from the stands to see if his change of whip hands had been as efficient as he wanted it to be--he is always very keen to improve.

Jose-Luis (far left) with Hills twins and his brother Matias on August 15th, 1993.Still only 25, he has already ridden against the world's top jockeys in Soumillon, Peslier, Murtagh, Asmussen, Mosse, Reid, Doleuze, Freddie Head, Richard Quinn, Darley, Pat Eddery, and the Hills twins (pictured here, Jose-Luis on the left, his brother, Matias on the right) and has managed to finish in front of them in Spain and in France.

San Sebastian is now his local track and were it not for two rotten luck stories, on his 18th birthday (15th August) back in 1995, he would have scooped the notable double of the Copa de Oro & Gobierno Vasco.
Riding Alexandrovich and meeting trouble in the home-straight, he was just pipped by Madrileno in the Copa de Oro.

In the 1995 Gobierno Vasco, he finished first on Wavy Run but his mount had swerved slightly due to some ill-placed advertising hoardings 50 metres from the finish and the race was awarded to Eowyn ridden by Oscar Urbina.

He was to gain compensation 3 weeks later when riding the former Group 3 performer in the UK, Shrewd Idea, to a convincing win in the Listed Gran Premio de San Sebastian.

In 2002, Jose-Luis lifted the Listed Premio Kutxa on Poinciana, a filly he gets on particular well with and on whom he had been 2nd in the same race in 2000 & 2001. It was befitting that his brother, Matias, was a half-length behind him on stable-mate Seguidillas.

A week later, Jose-Luis was just pipped in the Listed Premio Gobierno Vasco on another of his favourites, 7 year-old Sand Falcon. The previous year, the pair had won the same race and were looking for the double.

In 2003, he notched a marvellous double agianst the French jockeys at La Teste racecourse near Bordeaux, bringing his total of winners in France to 26. He is also leading rider at San Sebastian through to August 24th, 2003 and was leading rider at La Cenia where from 6 rides, he won 4 races and was 2nd twice.

In 2005, recently married (sorry girls !) , Jose-Luis had a terrific summer at San Sebastian lifting both the Premio Kutxa and Gobierno Vasco again. A week later tragedy struck as a horse he was taking down to the start threw him and then stood on him, causing Jose-Luis to break his leg in 2 places. He started riding again about 3 months later just before Christmas'04.

Jose-Luis's Photo Gallery ...(Photos by Nick Higgins)
Jose-Luis Borrego in the paddock receiving instructions before riding Sand Falcon in 2002Jose-Luis Borrego in 2002Jose-Luis & his twin brother, Matias, in the San Sebastian paddock in 2002 before going out to ride in the Listed Copa de Oro
From left to right, Jose-Luis in San Sebastian in 2002 and with his twin brother, Matias.

He aspires one day to be called up for an important ride and would like to win a race at Royal Ascot. He considers the best horse he has ridden as Califet, who was later to finish 4th in the 2002 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and is now in the hands of Godolphin.

  • Born: 15-08-77
  • Champion Apprentice--1995....26 wins from 200 rides
  • Mobile: 00 34 60 60 55 627

    Major Races won and places:

  • 1st Listed Premio Kutxa, Zurita Blanca, 2005.
  • 1st Listed Gobierno Vasco, Ventalle, 2005
  • 1st Listed Premio Kutxa, Poinciana, 2002.
  • 2nd Listed Gobierno Vasco, Sand Falcon, 2002.
  • 1st Listed Gobierno Vasco, Sand Falcon, 2001.
  • 2nd Listed Premio Kutxa, Poinciana, 2001.
  • 2nd Listed Premio Kutxa, Poinciana, 2000
  • 3rd Listed Copa de Oro, Okawango 1998
  • 1st Listed Premio Antonio Blasco, Almagro, 1997
  • 2nd Listed Gran Premio de San Sebastian, Alexandrovich, 1996
  • 1st Listed Shrewd Idea, Gran Premio de San Sebastian, 1995
  • 2nd Listed Copa de Oro de San Sebastian, Alexandrovich, 1995.
  • 2nd Listed Gobierno Vasco, Wavy Run, 1995.

    Major Racecourses ridden at:

  • France----Longchamp, Maisons Laffite, Bordeaux Le-Bouscat, La Teste, Toulouse, Dax, Mont de Marsan, Tarbes, Nantes, Marseille, Pau.
  • Spain----Madrid, San Sebastian, Seville, La Cenia, Mijas, Canary Islands, Dos Hermanas.

    Best Horse Ridden: Califet--2nd in San Sebastian. (Califet was 4th in the 2002 Arc de Triomphe).

    Jose-Luis Borrego Career Wins

    Total Career Wins/Places/Rides: 155 / 498 / 1,514
    Stats supplied by &
    Year Spain 1st Places Rides Position Comment France 1st Places Rides
    1991 0 1 4 Amateur 0 0 0
    1992 1 5 23 Amateur 0 0 0
    1993 4 1 25 Amateur. 4th 0 0 0
    1993 0 3 17 Apprentice 0 0 0
    1994 8 22 93 Apprentice 3rd 0 0 1
    1995 26 66 200 Champion Apprentice 0 2 9
    1996 17 45 112 4th 3 17 41
    1997 5 16 43 Jockey 11th 7 30 88
    1998 4 23 97 8th 1 15 59
    1999 6 26 76 8th 3 12 44
    2000 8 29 84 3rd 1 17 45
    2001 9 13 61 12th 4 25 53
    2002 11 34 92 5th 2 20 48
    2003 13 28 71 3rd 7 7 35
    2004 11 33 73 9th - - --
    Total 127 353 1,100 -- 28 145 425

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