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Rispoli In For The Fight

Thursday, 25th October 2012

Despite being a little more reminiscent of Basil Fawlty than superstar Italian jockey after losing his clothes and seeking an unconventional 30 second phone call to Andre Fabre in France to confirm his protest intentions (which was not granted by stewards) after riding import Brigantin (Cozzene-Banyu Dewi, by Poliglote) into 3rd place in the Gr3 Geelong Cup, Umberto Rispoli has shown all his competitive instinct as he contemplates returning to Australia to ride in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup, reports theage.com.au. He commented post race: ''I just hope [Brigantin] can go in the Melbourne Cup, because I will find the adrenalin for the Melbourne Cup. For me, he can improve a lot. We don't see the real Brigantin today.'' He also oozed a little Italian charisma quipping in response to his first visit to Australia, ''Looks very nice, a lot of people at the track, a lot of girls, it's really, really nice.''

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