'MJ' Odendaal bowed out of Hong Kong racing yesterday on a positive note, finishing second in the Class Two Yuen Long Handicap on Plastic Polymer for trainer John Size and predicting a bright staying future for the gelding. Plastic Polymer was having only his second start since arriving from Australia, where he had been runner-up in the South Australian Derby (2,500m) but impressed Odendaal with his gallant placing behind Paul O'Sullivan's classy Vital King at 1,800 metres. Odendaal (pictured) had four rides yesterday at the final meeting of his extended initial tranche, giving him a total of 145 mounts which have yielded just two winners. But the South African can leave with his head held high, having shown a great work ethic and a resilient attitude that enabled him to constantly wear an outward smile, even if inwardly he felt in a somewhat darker frame of mind. 'I'm very grateful to the Jockey Club for the opportunity and I've enjoyed my time here,' he said. 'It would have been great to bow out a winner on that horse of John's [Plastic Polymer] in the last race but I guess it wasn't to be. But he's run a great race and was still a little new to it all. John's a great trainer and I'm sure, with this run under his belt, the horse will be a little more relaxed and settled and can win some nice races for his owners at 2,000 metres and beyond.' Plastic Polymer, like all staying types among the four-year-old ranks, is bound for the Hong Kong Derby on March 18 and his 94 rating (prior to any adjustment for this effort) will be sufficient to see him make the field.