HONG Kong's day of destiny when the territory reverts to Chinese rule has necessitated a change for Hong Kong Day. The territory is under new ownership from midnight on June 30 and the traditional date for Hong Kong Day at the outer-London course of Sandown is the first Friday in July. The Sandown management decided recently to switch the date to July 16 because of the proximity to the handover date. The new date is not ideal in that Hong Kong Day has always preceded the Eclipse meeting which is the most important day on the Sandown calendar. This is the time-honoured race where the Classic horses meet their older rivals for the first time. And Hong Kong Day has generally benefited greatly from being virtually bracketed with the Sandown showpiece event. The switch is expected to be for this year only. THAT scourge of selected expatriate jockeys, Tung Biu, may have good reason to consider a training career in Macau. The shock news sprung last midweek certainly got racing circles talking but considering the prizemoney on offer in Macau and the none-too-regal salaries being paid over there, what lay behind 'Uncle Bill's' possible move? He is the ATV station's drawcard on the popular racing shows and is held in awe by most viewers - if not by a considerable number of jockeys. It has long been something he has wanted to do, says Tung, and he does have a racing background. But could it be that the wintry winds of redundancy are swirling about? ATV have had the Jockey Club contract for two decades but the whisper is that HK-TVB have finally shown interest. The powerful station has generally been cool to racing but that may no longer be the case and when the contract comes up for renewal at the end of the season it could be a very close run thing. AN old and faithful servant reaches the end of the road at Beas River tomorrow. Not too many at Sha Tin yesterday would remember a horse called Stan Freer who was running around in Hong Kong before Sha Tin was even built. He has been a resident of Beas River for the past 19 years but will be put down tomorrow. Owner Paul Chow faces the day with mixed emotions. 'You have to do what is right by the horse but he has been around for so long. He is 25 years old and the oldest horse in Hong Kong,' Chow said. 'It's actually amazing that he has lived so long because he was really retired from racing early with leg problems and other minor things. But he really took to Beas River and has been there for almost 20 years.' 'THE last time they opened a stand at York my colleague, John Oaksey, described it as 'Major Lesley Petch's erection' which was very flattering to Major Petch.' - Sir Clement Freud on the new Ebor Stand at York racecourse in England.