Keith Yeung Ming-lun will return to the races full of confidence on Wednesday night after spending more than seven weeks on the sidelines following a nasty fall in March.
The 35-year-old endured the week from hell, first falling from Royal Agility on March 19 before again hitting the turf after Felix The King clipped heels and came down on March 26.
While Yeung remarkably walked away virtually unscathed despite landing flat on his back where the Sha Tin turf meets a drain and the service road after Royal Agility crashed through the running rail, he was not so lucky second time around, suffering fractures to his C4, C5 and T2 vertebrae.
Yeung admits he has been dealing with some soreness since returning to trackwork last week, but overall he is happy with his condition ahead of his four rides at Happy Valley.
“I’m feeling good. I’ve rested long enough. I’m all set and ready. I think things have healed up pretty well, so I must thank the Union Hospital team,” Yeung said.
“I was a bit sore during the first week after I came back, but my body is getting better every day.”
Yeung, who also missed an extended period last season after fracturing his toes, has 18 meetings remaining to add to his seven wins so far this campaign.
Of his four midweek mounts, Yeung is most looking forward to partnering last-start winner Telecom Speed in the Class Three Aldrich Bay Handicap (1,200m).
Rising in grade after saluting under Karis Teetan last month, Telecom Speed carries just 117 pounds from gate seven.
“He has always been honest, and he finally got his first win last time,” Yeung said. “Up in class with a light weight and having that winning experience, I’m hopeful he can do it again.
“I just need a bit of luck from gate seven to slot him in behind the speed. I think that’s what he needs.”
Yeung will also partner United Endeavors in the Class Four Tathong Channel Handicap (1,650m), Super Joy in the second section of the Class Four Siu Sai Wan Handicap (1,200m) and Keep You Warm in the Class Two Victoria Harbour Handicap (1,200m).
Meanwhile, the Champions & Chater Cup (2,400m) will feature only local gallopers despite Godolphin entering Global Storm, Rebel’s Romance, Siskany and Yibir, with the Charlie Appleby-trained quartet to skip the final Group One of the Hong Kong season.
The Hong Kong entries for the contest are Columbus County, Five G Patch, Money Catcher,
Natural Storm, Panfield, Romantic Warrior, Russian Emperor, Senor Toba, Straight Arron and Tourbillon Diamond.
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