World Series Racing Championship leader Daylami will have his final outing in the Breeders' Cup Turf in Florida next month - dashing hopes of a Hong Kong finale for the top quality performer. But it is now likely to set Hong Kong up as the decisive venue for the crowning of the first world global racing champion. While it is probably unwise to write off a horse like Daylami, there are those around who would not give him a prayer in Florida, coming within a month of his substantial Arc defeat. If he fails to finish in the leading bunch, then the winner of today's Canadian International at Woodbine and next Saturday's Cox Plate - to be telecast live at Sha Tin - would come into the reckoning. The Cox Plate winner would have to go to Tokyo for the Japan Cup and Sha Tin for the Hong Kong Cup to stand a chance of winning the title. The winner of the Canadian International, if he is from England, will almost certainly go on to Florida and then, probably, Hong Kong. The Mark Johnston-trained Fruits Of Love falls into this category. Director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has not given up hope completely of getting Daylami here. 'If he does not win or place well in the Breeders' Cup, then he might still need points to be assured of winning the Series. If that was the case, then I think there is still a chance,' he said. 'If he won or ran into the first four in Florida, then it would be all over,' he added. Dick Francis, who has made a lot more money writing than he ever did riding, once said that there are no fairytale endings in racing. They are words that departing former Jockey Club steward Michael Thornhill can probably reflect on as he heads for his retirement home on the Scottish borders. Thornhill has been a great supporter of Hong Kong racing for years and rather good at telling jokes. His Surprise Surprise was primed by his trainer and long-time friend, David Oughton, to win the final race on Wednesday night at the Valley. He finished second to The Establishment and might well have won had jockey Robbie Fradd not been forced to take a wide run into the straight. It would have been the ideal farewell present but, as they inevitably say, that's racing. Of course, go back more than a couple of decades and there would have been no problem. Departing trainers, jockeys and stewards would definitely have had a farewell winner - courtesy of the remainder of the field. Bad old days? Good old days? Probably a mixture of both. Jump racing in Ireland is another of Thornhill's pleasures and he has had horses for years in Wexford with Harry de Bromhead. Some years back he rang his bookmaker in Bray to have a bet on one of his horses which was running at Roscommon. 'I wouldn't bother now Michael, it hasn't got much of a chance,' he was told. A surprising response, one might reasonably think, from a member of the bookmaking fraternity. Thornhill persisted in attempting to have his bet and was met with a couple of further rebuffs. Finally came the snappy retort: 'Look, the bloody horse ran half an hour ago and lost.' Definitely a bookmaker wrestling with his conscience. The winning photograph routine introduced this season is not working out without a hassle or two. A jockey should dismount, dash to the weighing room while the winning horse is re-saddled and taken to the special stalls erected for the purpose. On some occasions recently, the jockey has simply gone on to the special enclosure, had the picture taken and legged it to the weighing room. Yesterday - and on other days - horses, resenting being resaddled or simply still agitated after a race, played up quite badly. It nullified at least one photograph and made life awkward at other times for the jockey, attendant and winning connections. Realistically, one has to pose the question: is it really worth it? It's the way you tell them. We know what Mark Richards meant but it did sound just a trifle amusing. After Trillion Win's scintillating success, the Jockey Club paddock commentator said: 'All Douglas had to do was take a peek between his legs and see there was nothing there.' Some good racing and the lure of Triple Trio riches via the $22 million jackpot carryover did not work any miracles with the attendance. There were 22,875 on course at Sha Tin and another 6,684 cross-betting at Happy Valley. The Triple Trio dividend was $20 million for a $10 unit and there were four winners. One lucky punter had a full $10 ticket while the other three were holders of a $5 ticket and two with $2 tickets.