LOCAL racing was left in introspective mood yesterday after Sha Tin's showpiece International Cup and Bowl went to overseas raiders. Hongkong Derby winner Helene Star missed his cue, flashing home too late and a short head loser of the $3.5 million Bowl behind American mare Glen Kate. Then Hongkong champion River Verdon finished a flat fifth to New Zealand filly Romanee Conti in the $4.5 million Cup. River Verdon's eclipse saw $16.5 million of punters money go west as well as the loss of more than $5 million in the favourite tierce combination with French hope Urban Sea. Royal Hongkong Jockey Club chief executive, Major-General Guy Watkins, preferred to see the results as good for the Cup and Bowl as a whole. He said: ''Of course we would have all loved to see a home victory, but the events will bring the Americans back as their horses ran so well.'' But he was disappointed by the attendance, despite 80,294 braving rain to watch proceedings live at Sha Tin (68,068) and Happy Valley (12,226). ''I would have liked to see the 70,000 mark broken at Sha Tin,'' he added. Tote turnover once again broke through the billion dollar threshold, until $44 million had to be given back due to two runners being denied a fair start in the last race. The final figure stood at $965 million, no more than for a normal Sha Tin meeting.