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THE dynamic duo of high profile Australian stewards, Kim Kelly and Steve Railton, are under mounting pressure to take some action in the wake of successful plunges and questionable form reversals in Hong Kong racing.

There are under increasing fire as the legion of punters in Hong Kong starts to question the integrity of racing in a centre where millions are invested on every race.

The Chinese racing media has been extremely critical and now respected SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST racing journalist ALAN AITKEN has highlighted the growing concerns. Here is his story:

BEING run for the first year under its new title, and with elevated international Group 2 status, the Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Cup is no longer a mere trial for the longer distance G1 events on 12 December but a major test in its own right.

Clearly, however, with the Cathay Pacific International Races themselves less than a month away, some of Sunday’s contenders are likely to be further along in their preparations than others for the race that used to be the Cup trial.

PERHAPS no jockey in a major racing jurisdiction has ever made a more immediate and spectacular impact than Joao Moreira has in Singapore.

Last season was his first in the country and the statistics tell us he finished third in their jockeys’ championship with 69 winners.

THE Cathay Pacific International Jockeys’ Championship is the traditional curtain-raiser to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races each December.

It is also an event which generates enormous enthusiasm and public support in its own right, as every year on the Wednesday evening before International Day a specially invited group of the greatest names in international race-riding converge on Happy Valley to take part in individual competition with Hong Kong’s finest.

THE Caspar Fownes-trained Thumbs Up proved too strong at the weights for champion miler Able One in the HKG3 Mission Hills Sha Tin Trophy (1600m) on Sunday.

Thumbs Up collared the gallant topweight with a run that always looked as though it was going to succeed after Able One had travelled easily into the lead with 300m to go. The race set up a re-match when the pair meet again in the international races in November and December.

ONE point that the list of entries for the 2010 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races makes very clear is the extent to which the meeting has now seized the attention of the biggest players in world racing.

For the first time entries have been received not just from every continent but from every one of the major owners in thoroughbred racing. If the usually overstated clich? reads ‘This reads like a Who’s Who’, it can in this case safely be modified. This is a Who’s Who of world racing.

JAPAN'S sprint race, the Group 1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m) at Nakayama Racecourse, went to a Hong Kong horse today for the first time since the triumph of the great Silent Witness five years ago.

The Hong Kong-trained Ultra Fantasy led all the way to give trainer Ricky Yiu and in particular youthful rider Alex Lai one of the great days of their lives.

LUEN YAT FOREVER and GOOD CONTROL have departed the Macau Jockey Club heading to Melbourne for the Spring Carnival.

Macau Jockey Club Chief Executive, Mr Thomas Li, said: "This is the first time any Macau horses have travelled to Australia to race and it's a great opportunity for the owners and the MJC.

DOUGLAS Whyte and Brett Prebble, the two stars of last season's epic battle for the Hong Kong jockeys' championship, were the main attractions at the road show yesterday that set the scene for the season opener at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Ricky Yiu, trainer of Horse of the Year Sacred Kingdom and Champion Apprentice Keith Yeung made up a foursome which had fans queuing in droves for the subsequent autograph signing.

RACING writer, ALAN AITKEN, reports in the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST that Chief steward Kim Kelly emerged unscathed from his first season in the hot seat - but he had his moments.

The end of April saw Kelly put to his sternest test, when the odds-on defeat of Collection in the QE II Cup brought a reflex-action outpouring of scorn from the betting public.

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