Jockey Club director of racing Philip Johnston yesterday set the record straight on reported moves to have new horses trial at Happy Valley before making their Hong Kong debut at the city track. He spoke after a snap meeting of the Trainers' Association was called off by chairman Brian Kan Ping-chee who will convene the meeting when an agenda has been laid out. Trainers were angered by reports - some emanating from the press briefing given by chief executive Lawrence Wong to senior racing media on Wednesday - that Happy Valley debutants would have to 'qualify' to run there. In fact, the Jockey Club's concern is solely about the 1,200-metre distance as it has been since the controversial, multi-million dollar revamp of the city track. Said Johnston: 'No hard and fast decision would be taken on this without consulting the trainers. 'But it did come up as a result of the Seattle Sun inquiry and consideration is being given to having horses trial before starting over 1,200 metres. 'I would emphasise that this only concerns horses that would be making their first local appearance. If they have been over 1,200 metres or down 1,000 metres at Sha Tin that would be fine. 'But this is a very tricky distance at Happy Valley and everyone involved in local racing knows it. We have had to reduce field sizes and I think most would appreciate that it would not be the easiest of tasks for an untried young horse racing into that first bend.' Johnston stressed that the Jockey Club's concern was only with the 1,200-metre distance. There was more than a degree of unrest in the air at Sha Tin on Wednesday night among trainers who had been privately discussing various matters in relation to the Racing Department. The Happy Valley trials scenario, stipendiary stewarding and handicapping were all hot topics and a meeting expected to be held yesterday morning to discuss these various issues was postponed by chairman Kan.