ONCE again the New Zealand handicapper has a fairly large splash of egg - or kiwi fruit - on his face. It was decided not to wait for yesterday's Group One Nissan Stakes before deciding between the Hong Kong-owned Our Marquise and Marconee for the International Cup here next month. There were high hopes from owners Matthew Oram and Malcolm Glenn that Our Marquise would get the nod but it went the other way. There was no vindication for the controversial selection when Our Marquise finished fifth in the event to winner Seascay with the official Kiwi representative for the main December 10 race finishing a long way adrift. Marconee has done nothing in several Australian starts and looks to be coming to Hong Kong as a horse distinctly out of form. Conversely, Our Marquise has run very well in his most recent starts. The Nissan Stakes went to the powerful Hayes concern for the fifth straight year. In the same race, last year's Cup winner, the Australian galloper State Taj, finished in the ruck. Given the brilliant performance of Mr Vitality, there's plenty of hope for Hong Kong. FULL marks to Victorian Racing Club chairman of stewards Pat Lalor for hauling jockey Shane Dye over the coals. Dye rode a poor race on Hong Kong-owned Danewin in a major Sydney event and was replaced by Damien Oliver in the Cox Plate, which he went on to win on Octagonal. In the post-race presentation Dye sarcastically mentioned owner Sunny Yam, thanking the well-known Hong Kong racing personality for making it possible for him to pick up the Octagonal ride. The remarks, in obvious bad taste, were widely reported - and Lalor was not impressed. He summoned Dye during the recent Spring Carnival and gave him a warning over his actions which were believed to have brought racing into disrepute. Our Australian source says that the VRC, who rightly pride themselves on retaining excellent relations with overseas racing bodies, were clearly not amused by Dye's performance. Dye in the past has said he is not interested in riding in Hong Kong which is being rather careless with the truth of the matter. Having been disqualified under Australian rules, Dye is not eligible for a licence here. SPARE a thought for excellent apprentice Simon H. K. Yim who was injured in a trackwork spill yesterday morning and had to forfeit five rides on yesterday's card. Yim was taken quickly to hospital and X-rayed. He informed doctors and others who would listen that he felt perfectly all right and wanted to ride at the meeting. But medical opinion went against him and young Yim was officially sidelined. No wonder Simon wanted to be involved. He was forced to give up the ride on Royal King Prawn and stable jockey Eric Legrix took over on the Patrick Biancone-trained runner. Royal King Prawn, backed in from 7-1 to 9-2, got the upper hand in a hard-fought finish. It was Eric's seventh winner of the season - it could have been the fifth of the campaign for Simon.