Top handler Mark Johnson has given troubled Hong Kong champion apprentice Stanley K. M. Chin a vote of confidence after his arrival at the North Yorkshire stables of the Scottish-born trainer. Chin's eight-day ban for what was seen in England as taking his girlfriend to Japan with him was greeted with amazement. It made major news stories in both English trade racing dailies, and was also picked up by at least one major national newspaper. But Johnson is a staunch supporter of Chin and said: 'I don't know the details of the case and I don't really care. I had Stanley for a month last summer and we got on extremely well. 'He works hard and rides well, and has settled in very quickly at Middleham. He has arrived back with me now but we have not had much of a chance to talk, as I have had to come down to London on business,' said Johnson, who has almost 200 horses in work, and who was largely responsible for re-establishing Middleham as an important northern English racing centre. Johnson, who is not known for mincing his words, stressed that Chin would be in action very soon. 'I have every confidence in the way he rides, and I will start putting him up towards the end of the first week he is here. He can stay with me for as long as he is allowed to. 'I think it is very much in his best interests - and at this time too - that he has come back to me rather than gone to a stable elsewhere because he won the Ritz championship. 'He knows the set-up here and he was very popular with the staff. He has come back to familiar surroundings,' said Johnson, who also hinted that Chin might well get a ride or two in quality races. 'There are some good meetings coming up here, and there should be a chance for Stanley to have a good ride or two,' said Johnson, who relies largely on Hong Kong winter visitor, Jason Weaver, for the majority of his riding. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner London News may now go to the big July meeting at Ayr in Scotland rather than the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Trainer Barry Hills was delighted with the way the South African champion came out of the Prince of Wales' Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he was beaten 13 lengths by the brilliant Bosra Sham. 'He is virtually ready to run again, but it is so hard to place him because of the penalties he carries for his numerous Group One wins in South Africa. 'There is a good race at Ayr which might be more suitable, although his longer-range aim remains unquestionably the Arlington Million,' said Hills.