GARY Stevens is a man who likes his job - and that's just as well because he will be doing a lot of travelling to get to work. The American ace jetted out last night to California and, thanks to the International Dateline, will arrive on the same day as he set off from Kai Tak. From Los Angeles airport he will be straight to Santa Anita to ride three there tomorrow (that's our time, of course). That should get Gary back into the swing of things in time for next week's Santa Anita Derby where he partners Larry The Legend in a race he has won three times in the past four years. 'And he's got a good chance, too. The favourite is Afternoon Delight but he may not be so strong over the distance,' said Stevens. Stevens renews his partnership with the front-running Urgent Request in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 15 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and, as a result, will miss three race days in Hong Kong. He will return to ride at a midweek dirt meeting at Sha Tin, hopefully having had a worthwhile trip. 'It was certainly good last time I went back and I reckon there will be a win or two somewhere there,' said Stevens. THE QEII Cup is a supporting act to the International Races in December but at least you know the blokes who come here for this race are not just along for the free ride. With just $25,000 being paid out in expenses, owners and trainers who make the journey must believe they are in with a chance of the money. Respected Australian mentor George Hanlon has not been here for one of the International Races but made his first business trip to the territory with Royal Snack, who finished fourth in the big one. That garnered connections $188,000. 'We've paid for the expenses and that's good enough. He ran a honest race,' said George, who would not mind returning with the right horse in December. 'I'll work on that,' he said. Hanlon raised eyebrows in Australia when he engaged Englishman Allan Munro for the ride and last night passed on best wishes to the jockey who is in Prince Of Wales hospital after his spill from Equine Supremo. 'He did a good job and I hope he is back in the saddle quickly,' said George. MUNRO'S fall from Equine Supremo, the 3-1 second favourite, took place right in front of the grandstand. The Epsom Derby-winning jockey was clearly seen writhing in pain as his mount disappeared to the bottom end of the 1,000-metre chute. Ambulance men were soon in attendance and it was patently obvious that Munro was not going to be riding Equine Supremo - even if the horse had been retrieved. As it was, Munro was stretchered off as Equine Supremo legged it along the back straight to the 1,800-metre chute - having a really good look at the Sha Tin track. Meanwhile, countless thousands of punters all over Hong Kong were betting gamely away on Equine Supremo. He was eventually withdrawn but, in the circumstances as they prevailed here, the decision should have been taken at least four minutes before it was. That's a lot of time and wasted effort saved. FINANCIAL guru and sporting owner Gary Coull - he has Fat City with David Hill - doesn't mind a bet and we wonder if he might have been the bloke who had a wager at Doncaster last week. That was to win GBP10,000 on a horse called Bedtime Mail, backed from 20-1 to 16-1 in a two-year-old race. Ridden by old pal Brent Thomson, Bedtime Mail was second of 13, beaten two lengths. The horse in question is owned by friend Gary and trained by James Eustace at Newmarket. The affable Eustace, no stranger to these parts, is David Oughton's brother-in-law.