THE luckiest young man walking around Hong Kong today is apprentice jockey Richard K. M. So who miraculously escaped injury in the Brilliant Diamond incident at Sha Tin yesterday. So was a late replacement rider for The Academy and it's a ride he could certainly have done without. When The Academy came down as a direct result of the actions of Simon H. K. Yim on Brilliant Diamond, the horse rolled completely over on So with legs flailing madly in the air. The horse's body passed over So quickly but the terrified animal, having no idea what was happening, was frantically trying to get to its feet. The flashing hooves fortunately missed So who was even luckier when Dragon Ball, only metres away from the fall, evaded the fallen rider by millimetres. So was ruled out of future engagements on the day but is none the worse for the experience. 'He was a very lucky boy,' said So's master, Lawrie Fownes. So hit the deck in the 1,000-metre chute and it is a feature of the otherwise excellent Sha Tin track that the ambulance which always follows the field cannot get down to the 1,000-metre chute on the inside of the track. As a result, ambulance men had to sprint the last 150 metres or so to get to the prostrate So. The Academy, having finally found his feet, then proved more than a handful for the mounted outriders who recently were under instruction from the admirably Australian, Mick Stanley. With the Sha Tin Sunday crowd cheering and jeering, The Academy circled the main track helplessly pursued by the men in red. One attempted to grab a trailing rein close to the winning post but, fortunately, failed. Had he done so, he would have parted company with his mount very quickly. As it was, he finally did get to the weakening The Academy but came off anyway, leaving the amused public with the sight of one outrider pursuing the mount of his fallen comrade. A little light relief for sure, but there's no doubt that Stanley would be a welcome, and sensible addition to the Jockey Club ranks. It may have been a tough two days but there's nothing like a holiday to perk the spirits up. And our jockeys and trainers weren't slow in heading for the airport last night after business ended at Sha Tin. Sha Tin racecourse, for anyone attending over the next five days, is going to be empty. Those checking in and then out of Hong Kong included a squad for Phuket, including Mick Kinane, Richard Quinn and trainer Lawrie Fownes. Down there already is holidaying ex-British champion, Pat Eddery. David Oughton was off to England, John Moore to a destination east of Manila and Darryll Holland to Bali. It is going to be a quiet week. The opening griffin race was delayed for over five minutes yesterday but the public were left in the dark about the reason for the non-appearance at the barriers of Midas Touch. The horse came out on to the track but spread a plate and was removed to be re-shod. He eventually re-appeared and went to the barriers where the griffins, many of them facing their first start, took time to load. An announcement that Midas Touch was being replated would have been appreciated as the public were completely in the dark about the sudden disappearance of the horse. But it is full marks to those in control who showed the dramatic footage of the first race incident involving Liffey River and Walter Swinburn. There is no reason to keep the public uninformed and the reason for the fall was not immediately known in the grandstands which were a long way from the incident. It is refreshing to see this much more open Jockey Club approach to important if unfortunate racing incidents. What is going on with outside barrier 14? Shinnecock Hills took an abrupt left turn last week, Liffey River did the same in the first race yesterday and then it was the turn of Millennium Reigns in the final event. One too many to be a coincidence?