Matthew Poon Ming-fai is tearing through the ranks at a record-setting pace and the boom apprentice’s rapidly expiring 10-pound claim will be put to good use on a trio of Class Four runners on Wednesday at Happy Valley.

Another double on Sunday gives Poon 17 wins from 12 meetings at a strike rate of 17.71 per cent, leaving the 23-year-old just three wins short of having his claim reduced to seven pounds.

Matthew Chadwick was the last true “boom apprentice” and Poon is on target to eclipse his riding records, including the number of races required to reach 20 wins and to outride his claim completely.

Chadwick took 120 rides and 20 meetings to reach 20 wins and it has taken Poon just 96 rides and 12 meetings to reach 17 winners.

If Poon is to become fastest to reach 20 wins however, he will have to get a winner at his next three rides to match Samson Lau Tung-on’s effort of taking 99 rides to reach the benchmark in 1976.

Chadwick holds the record for fewest rides needed to reach 70 wins, graduating in early 2010 having required 472 starts at a strike rate of 14.8 per cent.

Three key rides for Poon come in consecutive races as Go Go Win, Trendy Win and Grace Heart get weight relief in their respective Class Fours.

Go Go Win had Poon’s claim when runner-up to Imperial Gallantry, the seven-year-old’s fourth straight second, but returns seven days later with a better draw on the C + 3 course in the Tai Mong Tsai Handicap (1,650m).

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Peter Ho Leung’s Trendy Win drops into Class Four for the second section of the Tai Mong Tsai Handicap with his last start in the grade a nose defeat to Spinning Dancer.

The result was so close on that occasion that Trendy Win’s jockey Ben So Tik-hung requested to view the photo finish print.

Trendy Win has found a relatively competitive Class Four that includes a couple of last start winners and horses that look likely to go higher, but should still acquit himself well with just 123 pounds on his back.

It is the Caspar Fownes-trained Grace Heart that looms as Poon’s best hope though, with the in-form sprinter drawn well in the Sham Chung Handicap (1,200m).

Grace Heart returned from a let-up with a smart win over 1,000m on May 17 before being beaten by a short-head two weeks ago at 1,200m.

As far as late season Class Fours at the Valley go, this is also a deep contest with Salsa Brothers (Chad Schofield), Super Form (Callan Murray), Planet Star (Sam Clipperton) and Sky Treasure (Joao Moreira) all likely to take up space at the top end of a crowded market.

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Another to watch is Regency Honey (Umberto Rispoli), a three-year-old that found form last start and now drops into a lovely draw.

Interestingly, Poon is only being used by his boss David Hall once on Wednesday, with Gracydad, but the trainer does have a couple of great chances drawn well later in the night.

Poon has ridden Hall’s last six winners but it is Zac Purton that has been entrusted with the rides on sprinters Dr Listening and Mr Genuine.

Stable transfers from John Size don’t usually scream upside but Dr Listening may be a unique case of having some untapped talent after leaving the leading trainer.

Heading into this season the four-year-old was identified as a BMW Hong Kong Derby prospect after winning two from three at the tail end of last term.

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Lameness plagued the gelding early this season but Dr Listening was still able to win his way to the top half of Class Three in January.

At his first start after the stable transfer, Hall sent Dr Listening to the Valley for an encouraging fourth to Red Kylin.

On that occasion, Dr Listening came from last, but from barrier two on Wednesday Purton is likely to have the sprinter closer in the run and with a better chance of catching the leaders.

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