Matthew Poon Ming-fai is set to start riding at Happy Valley on Wednesday after successfully completing more trials at the track yesterday and the boom apprentice can continue his winning streak at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Poon rode in four trials on Saturday morning and stewards approved trainer David Hall’s application to have the 10-pound claimer ride in races at the city circuit.

The 23-year-old has ridden 10 winners from 56 rides so far but perhaps just as impressive is the fact he has ridden at least one winner at each of the seven meetings he has ridden.

That sequence looks set to continue on Sunday at Sha Tin as Poon takes a ride in every race, including three good chances for Benno Yung Tin-pang.

Yung believes the claim is more effective late in the season and the recent performances Poon and Dylan Mo Tin-hung seem to back that assertion.

Yung has utilised the claimers on four of his eight runners at Sha Tin and he said booking the lightweights on so many horses is definitely by design.

Benno Yung’s three-year-olds Such A Happiness and Super Junior set to star at Sha Tin

“I think late in the season, the horses are tired and it can make more of a difference,” he said. “Also the horses ratings are established, some have gone up and they need that help in the handicaps.”

The two apprentices have ridden 25 winners between them since Poon arrived in late March, Poon not only hitting the ground running, but Mo also riding five winners from his last four meetings.

Lunar Zephyr looks a great chance in the opening event after a narrow last start defeat but perhaps just as intriguing is Such A Happiness in the Class Four University Hall Handicap (1,600m).

Such A Happiness steps up to what should be a more suitable 1,600m after some encouraging efforts over 1,400m but his chances were dealt a blow when he drew barrier 14 on the C course.

“That makes it very hard,” Yung said. “We would like to be close as there doesn’t look like there is much speed in the race, but he isn’t a horse with a lot of gate speed so there isn’t much we can do. The only thing we can hope for is if everybody thinks, because there is no speed, that they should go forward, and it makes it a fast run race.”

The arrival of the “Poon Train” seemed to light a fire under Mo, who struggled for any semblance of momentum through the first part of his rookie season.

Mo rode just one winner from his first 111 rides until a double in March, two weeks before Poon made his debut, and it gave the 23-year-old a much-needed kick start.

That day was the start of a solid run of form for Mo, who has ridden a much more respectful 15 from 137 since at nearly 11 per cent since.

Yung has booked Mo to ride Smart Boy in the Class Four HKU Faculty Of Business & Economics Handicap (1,200m), with the four-year-old coming to the dirt for the first time.

Despite some encouraging efforts on the surface in trackwork and trials, Yung maintains it is still “a test” to see whether or not Smart Boy appreciates the more forgiving all-weather track.

“We really don’t know how he will handle it, the trials were good and he should be fine but we won’t know until the race,” he said.

Jockey Chad Schofield has been ruled out of riding at Sunday’s meeting after his heavy fall on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.

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