Jockey Matthew Poon Ming-fai has opened up on the difficulties he has faced making the transition from a prolific apprentice to a senior rider after booting home a 2,350-1 running double at Sha Tin on Sunday.

While the 23-year-old has managed 20 winners since graduating from the apprentice school in October, the opportunities have become more scarce thanks to the arrival of new 10-pound claimer Alfred Chan Ka Hei and the weekly dominance from Zac Purton and Joao Moreira.

However, Poon hopes he can continue to put his name up in lights with solid riding performances for connections.

Poon believes his drought-breaking win on Wonderful Journey at Happy Valley two weeks ago got the ball rolling again, which culminated in a well-earned brace on Sunday aboard Vigor Fame ($38) and Real Bizzy ($62).

“I was very fortunate to have that winner at Happy Valley, which got me some more support. If I keep riding and keep showing my face I just hope the horses can finish closer than before,” he said.

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“I have to stay positive, keep improving and have the horses improve, that’s what I can do, the others I can’t control.

“Now I have got less of an advantage, I can’t really get some of the quality rides I was getting.

“I have to be very honest, we have the 10-pound apprentice and some top jockeys so I have found it a little bit hard to find some decent rides.”

While the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained Real Bizzy was sent out friendless in betting in the Class Three Sports Club Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup (1,200m), Poon had confidence in the French import after closing off well over 1,000m in the start prior.

Poon said he was grateful to be given the opportunity on the horse again, with trainers often substituting in more senior riders when they are ready to win.

“With the Danny Shum horse, I was quite lucky that I could stay on because he finished fourth before and now I have a winner,” Poon said.

“I had a little bit of hope on that horse because he finished OK last start over 1,000m so before the race I thought he would finish close.

“I feel like I am getting the job done, if the trainer and owner want me to ride like that, I will do it. If the horse improves or is not disappointing, even if they don’t win that is OK because a lot of the time it is not ready yet or not good enough.”

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Sunday’s meeting also provided another breakthrough of sorts for returning jockey Alberto Sanna.

The Italian has been luckless with injury this term but was able to come good in the Class Four On Lan Handicap (1,400m) in just his third meeting back from a fractured ankle.

Sanna produced a textbook last-to-first win on Me Tsui Yu-sak’s Great Treasure with what he hopes can kick-start a late season flurry of wins.

“It is a good feeling, I wasn’t pushing myself hard to ride a winner, I knew that if I just ride well, it would come eventually,” he said.

“It is good to get one because then the people start to trust you more, even though I haven’t forgotten how to ride the winners.”

Known for his extreme training methods to keep weight off, Sanna said he would no longer push his body to the limit to ride at 113 pounds.

“You can see me, I am feeling well, feeling good,” he said. “Riding at this weight, I am more happy, stronger and the horses can feel that because they need to run for us.”

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