Matthew Poon confident Super Fortune will be better again as trio of debut winners return




Super Fortune’s dominant debut win meant Matthew Poon Ming-fai could keep the ride aboard Tony Cruz’s smart speedster but it will count for little else come Sunday’s Class Three Opal Handicap (1,000m) at Sha Tin.


Poon knew he had to get the job done aboard Super Fortune to stay in the saddle and he delivered in spades, spearing the four-year-old to a two and three-quarter length victory as the $1.50 favourite in October.


Sunday’s task looks another thing all together, however, with the Richard Gibson-trained Cordyceps Six in hot form after putting paid to boom speedster Nervous Witness last time out to string together his second straight victory.


“I’m very happy to keep the ride and get another chance to ride him. We can see he has improved by his trials and hopefully he’s fitter and more mature because this time it’s a stronger challenge,” Poon said.


“This race has two or three horses that are pretty strong, two horses that beat Nervous Witness, so hopefully he can handle it.”


The Frankie Lor Fu-chuen-trained Run Run Cool was the other galloper to beat Nervous Witness home in his last run and the five-start Hong Kong maiden tackles the Sha Tin straight for the second time.


“He looks better now, before in Australia he was a front-runner,” Lor said. “That’s why sometimes I told the jockey that if he jumps well, let him lead or sit second or third but he wasn’t really good and he couldn’t finish.


“That’s why I put him in the 1,000m and asked the jockey to jump and let him relax and