Matthew Poon experienced racing’s highs and lows in rapid succession at Sha Tin on Thursday (1 July), compensating for a weighing out mistake in an undercard race before savouring victory in the day’s feature – the Class 2 Hong Kong Reunification Cup Handicap (1800m) – aboard Jimmy Ting’s Super Football.
Poon’s mount in the Class 5 World-Class Leadership 1200m Handicap – M M Johnny – was disqualified after finishing 10th because Poon weighed in light after inadvertently using a lightweight vest in the race after earlier weighing out in a heavier vest.
“It was just my mistake. I was just too rushed and forgot to change back to the original vest. It was my mistake,” Poon said, after fronting the stewards to explain the discrepancy, before reflecting on a redeeming victory on Super Football.
“He got a nice draw (barrier one) and we were able to sit a lot closer than last start, so I thought before the race he would have a chance,” Poon said, who has 37 victories including two G3s for the 2020/21 term – easily the 27-year-old’s best season.
“I was able to follow Zac Purton (Charity Go), he was one off the fence in front of me and I was in a really good position to be taken into the race.
“It really worked out for us and I was able to get the run. I had to wait for a little while, but my horse had a light weight (117lb) and I think he proved he’s good enough in Class 2, I think he can run further distance, too.”