It takes more than a run of near misses to get the better of Umberto Rispoli, who is hoping the camera finally smiles on him aboard a handful of solid chances at Happy Valley this Thursday (October 18).
The upbeat Italian has had to grin and bear it during a frustrating start to the season which has seen him go close without winning on numerous occasions.
Two winners and 15 placings tell the tale of the fine margins at play and Rispoli did everything right when beaten a short head aboard Cheerfuljet at the Valley last week before suffering a similar fate on M Reborn at Sha Tin’s Saturday fixture.
Rispoli was understandably frustrated to go so close but has learned to bounce back in more ways than one during his time in Hong Kong and feels Thursday’s Australian Boomerang-themed party night provides the platform for him to do so again.
“It’s always hard to accept when you have those near misses but you have to shake it off quickly,” he said.
“What’s done is done. Whether it is injury or a few defeats you just have to prove yourself again and I’ve shown I can do that several times here already.”