Boom apprentice Matthew Poon Ming-fai will not ride next weekend and remains on the sidelines indefinitely after chief steward Kim Kelly confirmed on Sunday that more brain scans are required.

Poon’s opening meeting in Hong Kong on March 26 was highlighted by a maiden race win but the apprentice was also involved in a parade yard incident that saw him knocked unconscious by a fractious horse and he was stood down from several rides on the day as a result.

Poon was expected to be back in action immediately but was not cleared for Sha Tin on Sunday and Kelly said that the scans are ongoing and Poon’s earliest resumption date now is April 17.

Even if the scans clear Poon in the coming days, he is not ­available for Sunday’s meeting at Sha Tin and is ineligible to ride at Happy Valley the following Wednesday at this stage of his ­career.

Boom apprentice Matthew Poon experiences the highs and lows at his maiden Hong Kong meeting

Kelly’s stewards had a busy day at Sha Tin, with four jockeys, including Joao Moreira, finishing up with careless riding suspensions from the meeting.

Moreira, Olivier Doleuze and Keith Yeung Ming-lun were all given two-day penalties taking in the April 12 and 17 fixtures before Alex Lai Hoi-wing was suspended out of the final race on the same charge.

Lai requested to take the same two meetings but stewards refused that request as the jockey numbers on April 12 and 17 had already been shrunk to the minimum acceptable and Lai’s ban was pushed back and will take in April 26 and 30 instead.

The stewards will have a busy Monday as well, with the Licensing Committee meeting.

The major news to come out of that will be the name of the new local trainer to the join the roster for the 2017-18 season and the show cause hearing for jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin.

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Cheng is currently serving bans over passing information to third parties about his mounts and failing to obey stewards’ directives which will keep him out until late in the season in any case.

However, Cheng, the most successful Chinese jockey ever to ride in Hong Kong, was warned by the Licensing Committee over his disciplinary record last year and informed that his licence would be under review if he continued to breach the rules, specifically if he incurred another ban under the “reasonable and permissible measures” rule, which he did in October.

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