TWO names have dominated racing discussions in Hong Kong this week - one Gary William Moore and one Kenny K. T. Kam. Moore, because the former multiple champion jockey of Hong Kong, who was until recently warned off due to a series of betting-related offences, wants to ride in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on April 1, having quite rightly been refused permission to ride in the Hong Kong Derby. Kam, because the local handler has been refused a licence to train in the territory again next season, though he has lodged notice of his intention to appeal against the decision. The Moore developments have certainly had Jockey Club officials in a far greater tizz than the Kam saga. At the time of writing, there is no little degree of confusion as to whether a rule exists which says that locally-trained horses must be ridden by locally-licensed jockeys. If one does, and the stress is on the 'if', then this is not in keeping with the new found international status of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup or indeed the International Bowl, Cup or Vase for that matter. It may, in this particular instance, be convenient for keeping Moore out of the contest as he could almost certainly ride the admirable Survey King for his brother, leading trainer John Moore. But it is not good for racing in a much wider context. The confusion over the existence of such a rule is made even greater when one of the prerequisites for Group status being bestowed on any race is that it is open to international competition. Surely this means amongst the jockeys as well as the horses and it is hard to imagine that the International Cup or Bowl could have been granted Group Two or Group Three status if overseas jockeys were banned from riding local horses. Say, for instance, one of the battling local handlers without a retained rider such as Peter Tse Yan-sid or Wylie Wong have a really top-class horse in their yard with a live chance in a future running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup or one of the International events and they want to get Frankie Dettori, Damien Oliver, Thierry Jarnet or Jose Santos to ride? Isn't it for the good of racing that these jockeys are not just permitted to take the ride but welcomed with open arms? Indeed, can you really envisage a situation whereby Tse or Wong would be refused permission for one of these riders? I think not. And if they were it would be wrong - very wrong. So now that Moore has served out his ban he is fully entitled to the same even-handed treatment as anyone else. Just as an aside, to make sure no one thinks this column is going in to bat for Gary Moore per se, rather than the good of racing as a whole, there is a little anecdote from around 18 months to two years ago to relate. Then it was argued, quite forcefully and in this very space, that Moore was very fortunate to have his ban reduced at all as, in the first instance, he had fought the ban through the courts and lost; secondly, he had broken the ban by riding in barrier trials and thirdly, he'd initially not paid the fine imposed on his by the authorities. But reduced it was and Moore then had the hide to write to senior officials at the Jockey Club claiming that he'd never made the quotes attributed to him in this newspaper - which of course he had. So rest assured, while it is recognised that he is a very good jockey, he has no special place of affection here. But it was the Jockey Club, itself, which reduced his ban allowing him to come to ride at the beginning of this year and it must be recognised that the Moore dynasty is a fact of life in Hong Kong racing. The Queen Elizabeth II Cup, like the game itself, is bigger than the cult of the personality. If Moore can pick up a ride in the race, locally trained or otherwise, then let him come and compete. It's going to happen at some point so the sooner it is over done with, the better. But to ban this or that international jockey from riding local horses in the race is to the detriment of this most excellent promotion of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and to the detriment of racing as a whole - Gary Moore or no Gary Moore. EMBATTLED, beleagured - these are the words which regularly describe local trainer Kenny Kam who was last week told that this will be his last season as a licensed handler in Hong Kong. Kam has appealed but the fact of the matter is that he has a mountain to climb to win his case. The main stumbling block for Kenny is that he didn't start with a small stable some eight or nine years ago and then fail to add to the numbers. So his argument can't be that he never had a fair crack of the whip on the Hong Kong training scene. You see he started with around 40 or 50 in the yard he took over and stable numbers - and stable winners - have dwindled ever since.