Queen Elizabeth II Cup hero London News will remain in Hong Kong for the next 40 days before taking South Africa's hopes and dreams to the racetracks of Europe. In a day of frenzied activity following his superb win under Douglas Whyte at Sha Tin on Sunday, senior Jockey Club vet Keith Watkins and his South African counterpart, Allan Guthrie, worked on quarantine and import regulations to permit London News to go direct from Hong Kong to England. Within minutes of his history-making win, current trainer Alec Laird confirmed that London News had run his last race under his charge and would be heading for England where he will almost certainly be trained by Michael Stoute. Watkins said: 'It is an unprecedented situation where we have a horse from South Africa going through Hong Kong and on to England. I have been on to the relevant authorities in England and in South Africa and I think all the details have now been worked out.' London News will finish his 40 days at the end of the first week in May and will then be able to fly direct to England and straight into a racing stable. Owner Laurie Jaffee will almost certainly see his colours carried at Royal Ascot if tentative plans work out. The groom who came to Hong Kong with London News will remain with him and Whyte will work the horse regularly during his enforced stay here. It will almost certainly mean a summer trip to England for Whyte, whose association with London News has earned him an historic niche in South African sporting history. Sunday's thrilling win has created major interest in the racing world and pitchforked Hong Kong's late season showpiece into the global spotlight. Chairman of stewards, Wong Chung-hin, and director of racing, Philip Johnston, were understandably delighted with the big day. Johnston has been an ardent supporter of the race and Wong provided South African racing with their avenue back to the international arena after Dubai turned them down. Said Johnston: 'To be frank, it could not have been a better result. We did see racing history being made in Hong Kong and there was very genuine emotion about it all. 'It has really boosted the race and its place in our calendar. Privilege ran a great race for Hong Kong and it showed that, despite their strength and their numbers, the Dubai horses can be beaten.' It's possible that London News, who set a course record on the lightning fast track, could be back in December for the International Cup - but as a European runner.