Studied in the cold light of objectivity, the Jockey Club's list of published riders for next season does not make momentous reading. One stark fact stands out: there is one new face involved and that belongs to reigning French champion Dominique Boeuf. That he is champion has much to do with the fact that his illustrious compatriot, Oliver Peslier, spends as much time out of the country as in it. Let us not decry Boeuf or his talents. Hopefully he will do very well, but it remains that, for all their undoubted power and authority and with allegedly up to 30 or 40 names at their behest, the Licensing Committee have produced a starkly similar lineup to what has gone before. The decision to cut down on retained riders and beef up the ranks of Club jockeys has been rightly and deservedly welcomed. The presence of so many jockeys will greatly aid trainers and owners throughout the season. But if racing is at least partly entertainment and showmanship, it is up to the Jockey Club to provide the stars and, above all, prevent the boredom engendered by repetition. Remember, there is a vast difference between the stable jockey and the rider brought here by the Club. If David Hayes and his owners wish to retain Basil Marcus until he is 83, that is entirely up to them. They pay the bills, they demand satisfaction and if they get it, all the Jockey Club is basically required to do is licence the rider involved. But when they control so many Club openings, it is up to the the Jockey Club to provide much more of the glitz and glamour which, in the light of added meetings, falling attendances and dropping turnover, is clearly required. You don't attract Hong Kong race-goers with lucky draws and giveaways. Racing and betting is in their blood and they know good horses and good jockeys when they see them. It is pointless and tasteless, with decisions already made, to go into personalities but it is rather troubling that, with Europe and Australasia all but at their disposal, the best the Jockey Club have come up with is the same formula again. The prospect of racing to the end of June in front of dwindling crowds and falling turnover is not an appealing one. It also further dilutes a product which some feel is more in need of enhancing. We are led to believe that the Hong Kong Government's desire for extra revenue from racing has forced the Jockey Club to lengthen next season and add extra meetings. Frankly, the Jockey Club should be cutting back meetings and concentrating on greater quality. To garner the required extra revenue for the Government while utilising the infrastructure at their disposal, the Jockey Club can, simply and efficiently, extend dramatically their simulcast coverage. At the moment, the simulcast programme involves five top races from Britain, France, Australia and Japan within the confines of any given season. During the Hong Kong off-season, the Jockey Club's betting shops lie vacant except for the Mark Six sales. They have Information and Racing Departments that remain fully staffed. In England, Satellite Information Services provide complete coverage of English racing every day to the 10,000 or so bookmakers' shops across Britain and Ireland. They also provide the same overseas service to Sri Lanka and the Caribbean, where racing-deprived local residents bet daily on the outcome of events from Ayr to Ascot. There should still be a clearly defined off-season in Hong Kong but by providing twice-a-week English meetings - or Australian, for that matter - for a limited 'summer season', the Jockey Club would produce considerable revenue for the Government and not at the expense of their own product. The Information and Racing Departments do excellent work with the simulcast races presently shown by the Jockey Club. This is merely an extension of that work and falls totally within the existing expertise of the Jockey Club. It is little use producing the old line that 'we should not be seen to encourage gambling'. Additional local meetings do just that anyway. If extra local racing is at the behest of the Government, then the Jockey Club should put it to our rulers that permission is required to beam in at least eight full overseas meetings - while cutting three off the existing calendar. Done properly, everybody wins - except the Macau Jockey Club. But that should scarcely worry the Government or Sports Road. With the emphasis among owners switching solidly back to buying raced horses rather than griffins, the Qualtron quandary will come up again. Qualtron? That's Indigenous, in case you did not know. There are strict international controls on the renaming of raced horses and with Hong Kong horses now more likely to venture overseas than ever before, local owners are going to have to curtail their penchant for having Luckys, Golds and Goldens. It will ultimately require a Jockey Club ruling but it could scarcely be more simple. Call them what you wish in Chinese, but the original English name must remain.