THE rising star who wants to turn his back on the British Turf, Frankie Dettori, was on course yesterday. Dettori, whose decision to quit England for Hongkong next season, stunned racing circles there was tying up contract details with Gary Ng tin-keung during a four-day visit. He dropped in after riding in Japan and Ng said: ''Everything has now been agreed and finalised.'' So it has - but Dettori is anxiously awaiting the decision of the Licensing Committee in mid-April. ''They will decide whether Gary will be permitted to have a jockey. I am certainly keeping my fingers crossed,'' said Frankie. Pretty tightly crossed - certain bridges seem to have been burned in the UK. IRISH champion jockey Mick Kinane virtually held his hands up when charged with careless riding yesterday. The Stewards, under Bernard Hargreaves, suspended him for three days. Kinane came across from an outside position, tightening Village Bard who in turn shortened up Lester Piggott on Grand Warrior who almost put Basil Marcus and Muhim on the deck. Remind you of anything? Like Super Structure coming over on to Morning Patrol who then crossed King Prawn whocame down. IT could be that some nerves are slightly shredded on the eve of the upcoming appeal into the Declan Murphy suspension, but we did hear a juicy one recently. It appears that one steward, voluble at the first inquiry hearing and notably silent in the second, has informed a certain jockey not a million miles from the centre of the said case that he expects to be addressed outside the inquiry room, not by his given name, but ''Sir''. An appellation normally accorded when respect has been earned. (Deafening silence ensues.) IT was good to see multi-media personality Nick Griffin back on the racing beat at the midweek Jockey Club press conference. Nick, a racing fan from his KGV schooldays, was in hospital for months with hepatitis and is off the drink for life. He was formerly with racing station ATV and told the following tale. ''I left ATV about 21 months ago and got my final pay cheque last week. But it wasn't their fault at all. The original cheque given to me when I left the station expired when I was in hospital.'' Better it than you, pal.