Matthew Poon Ming-fai left Sha Tin “full of energy” on Sunday evening after seeing a season of hard work and discipline rewarded with a fabulous four-timer.

A touch over 18 months after finishing his apprenticeship, Poon produced his best performance as a senior jockey and hopes to feed off the feeling the dominant display gave him.

“I didn’t expect it but it’s a great thing for me,” he said. “It’s cheered me up, recently it’s been a bit quiet but the four winners make me feel full of energy again.

“I haven’t had so many rides lately and they haven’t been very good quality, but hopefully I can continue on until the end of the season and into next season.”

The haul takes Poon to 25 winners in his first full season as a senior jockey and the 25-year-old is confident he is still learning, taking the most satisfaction from his ability to dial back the attention he has received from stewards.

“I do think I’m still improving because I can see my mistakes, unlike when I was an apprentice – now I’m thinking how to improve and correct my mistakes,” said Poon, who rode one four-timer as an apprentice back in September 2017.

“Last year I had lots of suspensions – I can’t even remember how many – but this season I have only had two so far.

“I had so many suspensions because my horses were shifting around so now I think about it more, control my horses and change my whip to try to keep my horses running and go straight.

“Before my body turned a lot, even now it still does a little bit but I try to control my body more and keep my action smoother. Before I didn’t have the same rhythm as the horse, now I try to follow the horse’s rhythm.”

Poon opened his account in the first event, taking out the Class Five Wu King Handicap (1,200m) with Paul O’Sullivan’s Great Son before backing up two races later to win the second section of the Class Four Po Tin Handicap (1,200m) aboard the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Mighty Valor.

He then landed a running double to round out the card, first piloting Jimmy Ting Koon-ho’s Hello Daddy to victory in the Class Three On Ting Handicap (1,600m) before snaring the Class Two Butterfly Handicap (1,400m) with the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained Perfect Match.

Poon went straight to the front from gate one aboard Perfect Match and was never headed despite lugging 130 pounds, with the four-year-old improving his record to seven wins from 14 starts.

After winning in Class Two and Class One earlier this season, Perfect Match had blood in his trachea after finishing 11th last time out in April, prompting Shum to give him a breather.

“His last run was quite disappointing but at least I could find an excuse so I gave him a break,” Shum said.

“He didn’t like Conghua at all, so I kept him here, kept him fresh and happy. I think I’ll give him another break and bring him back next season.”

Mighty Valor was ultra-impressive in ringing up his maiden victory, putting four-and-a-half lengths on So Awesome in second, with Super Eighteen another five-and-a-half lengths behind in third.

It was a vastly improved showing by the three-year-old, who had failed to finish better than seventh in five previous runs.

“I think the horse is good quality but before he didn’t show it, he’s still young,” Poon said. “I think Ricky knew he was a nice horse and that he needed more time, now he is showing his ability.”

The win restored Yiu’s lead over Francis Lui Kin-wai in the trainers’ championship to five.

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