French star Eric Saint-Martin yesterday philosophically accepted a five-day ban for careless riding that torpedoes his hopes of finishing runner-up in the jockeys' championship to leader and hot favourite Basil Marcus. Saint-Martin was found guilty following an adjourned inquiry into an incident in the final event at Sha Tin last Saturday involving Tres Vite, Hong Kong Supreme, Canadian Champ, Kowloon Jazz, Look Who's Here, the Saint-Martin-ridden Sparko, Arrectis Auribus and Giant Fight. The hefty ban took into account Saint-Martin's previous record this season. He was stood down late last year after an incident at Sha Tin that resulted in a five-horse melee. 'There is nothing I can do about it, so I am accepting it and just hoping that the time will pass quickly. Hong Kong is a good place when you are riding, not so good when you are not,' he said. Saint-Martin, whose win on Mr Brinker on Wednesday night took him to 36 for the season, would have been involved in a red-hot battle with Wendyll Woods, Douglas Whyte and compatriot Eric Legrix for the runner-up spot. Whyte, who has been in searing form, misses tomorrow's Chairman's Prize meeting to get married in South Africa, but is a narrow favourite to take second spot. Wednesday's Happy Valley Vase, the special terms race for two-year-old Southern Hemisphere griffins, may fall away to just three or four runners. Trainer David Hayes confirmed yesterday that the excellent Milky Way was his only certain starter. He also has Eastern Reserve and Happy Boy entered. Of the six entered, Hayes has three, champion trainer Ivan Allan has put in Classic Jester and unraced Lovey Dovey, while Lawrie Fownes has entered the excellent Taurus.