THE Director of Racing, Philip Johnston, departs these shores in the summer after being part of the Hong Kong scene on-and-off for more than 30 years. But we can expect to see him back again during the course of any given season as he has been appointed a non-executive director of the Curragh Bloodstock Agency (CBA). The CBA is the Jockey Club's appointed agent in Ireland and is in the business of selling Irish horses to Hong Kong. Johnston said: 'They are a good company and my relations with them have always been excellent. 'It's not going to be a nine-to-five job and my area of interest, as far as they are concerned, is in the Far East. 'I would hope to be out here from time to time during the year and also in Singapore and Malaysia.' Scots-born Johnston, who has raced horses himself and had breeding interests in Ireland, certainly knows the importance and the success of Irish horses in Hong Kong. It looks like a tidy bit of business for both parties. AFFABLE Douglas Whyte, chasing his first Hong Kong title, enjoys a great relationship with the local media. But he is just a bit bemused by some stories that have come out in print recently suggesting he is considering a move to England full-time. 'It doesn't really bother me but the facts are a lot more straightforward,' said Whyte, who rode in England last off-season for a month. 'At this time I am definitely going to be riding at Hong Kong Day at Sandown Park and, I hope, for a couple of weeks before that,' he said. His victory on Danetop in the Sandown Park Challenge Cup last week could not have been better timed. The racecourse in outer London is keen to have Whyte there on the big day with television and print media interviews all being lined up. 'My immediate future is in Hong Kong. It is really that simple,' said Whyte. 'A bit further down the line, if I got a chance to ride in England full-time, it might be different. 'But not now - that's for sure.' Right, Dougie, we've got that. SETTING off tonight for Mongolia is an intrepid Jockey Club trio headed by starter Michael Tibbatts. Tibbs, as he's known to his friends, is also in charge of Jockey Club equestrian affairs and has a very strong rapport with a couple of stud farms in China and Mongolia. The Jockey Club has been highly supportive of various equine ventures in China and the public at large are now going to see just what it's all about. Joining Tibbatts are television guru Mike Henricksen and popular presenter Richard Hoiles. The schedule is fairly hectic and conditions slightly on the yielding side of arduous. Five-star hotel treatment is not expected but doubtless the sheep's eyes in rancid butter - a Mongolian winter treat - will set them up for their 13-hour bus journey overnight to Beijing. They are provisionally set to return on Friday. It's been good to know you. THREE weeks ago, One Man received a tumultuous hero's welcome when he raced away up the hill to take the Queen Mother's Chase on the second day of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival. The grey was one of the most popular horses in Britain, taking over the mantle from the magnificent Desert Orchid, even if he did run below par on a few occasions. He was coming back to two miles and there were many pundits who went against him at Cheltenham - but not the public, who backed him into 7-2 joint favouritism. It was another magic Cheltenham moment when he won with the shouts and cheers at the famous unsaddling enclosure almost equalling those heard for an Irish winner. Sadly, One Man was killed jumping at Aintree on the eve of the Grand National. In steeplechasing, tragedy and triumph are rarely too far apart.