WENDYLL Woods failed narrowly to sign off his immediate English career with a Group winner but is now totally concentrated on making a fresh mark in Hong Kong after an absence of four years. Woods, recently married and with a season's contract with uncle Lawrie Fownes, flew into Hong Kong last night intent on making the most of a surprise chance to rejoin the throbbing local racing scene. His last rides in England were at Newbury on Friday when brother Sean Woods saddled up Mistle Cat in the Group Three Hungerford Stakes. Given a thoroughly enterprising ride by Wendyll, he was touched off close to home by Frankie Dettori. 'It would have been a lovely way to finish up this season in Britain but he ran really well and there are no complaints. Now it is all about Hong Kong,' said Woods, as he prepared for a dash to the airport. No one was happier to see Woods than Fownes who fought valiantly to have his nephew granted a licence to ride for the stable. Originally refused, Fownes appealed and won - a significant event as any he achieved on the track last season. And Woods is in no doubt about the situation. 'I was away from Hong Kong for four years but I was back early this year and we talked about the possibility. I was really keeping my fingers crossed when Lawrie applied but when it was refused I thought it was all over. 'It was a real bonus when it eventually came through and now I just want to get out there and do the job for Lawrie that he expects,' said Woods. The determined Woods is not the relatively fresh-faced youngster who left Hong Kong four years ago having had a total of almost seven years as an apprentice and senior rider in the territory. He has carved out a career for himself in England where he is much respected by a number of trainers - not least Sir Mark Prescott who is noted for being very careful with the jockeys he chooses. Woods expects to have a compulsory medical examination tomorrow and should be riding trackwork on Tuesday.