FORMER Irish champion jockey and one-time Hongkong riding idol Johnny Roe has been refused a licence to continue training in Macau next season. The axe fell on Roe officially yesterday and also gone from the training ranks next season will be 78-year-old former Hongkong personality Lee Tin-lam. In a riding reshuffle the biggest names to go are one-time Hongkong apprentice Mak Chi-wing, Australian Mark Lynch, currently disqualified until the end of the Macau season, and Irishman Mark Gallagher. As expected, Hongkong riding star Declan Murphy was licensed for the next Taipa season and will do the bulk of his work for brother Joe, who has had a good first season on the course as a trainer. The decision to refuse Roe a licence was the only surprise as the nine-time Irish champion jockey has been on the course since racing began there four years ago. He has not had a good season but a number of owners had remained loyal and Roe was hopeful of more horses next season and a better campaign. Roe is expected to appeal against the decision as he is keen to stay on in Macau. He first came to Hongkong 20 years ago riding for Au Kam-hung and enjoyed great success in the territory in the mid-1970s. He finished his Hongkong stint with compatriot Frank Carr and then rode in America before briefly training in Ireland. Roe was back in America when he learned his application to train in Macau had succeeded and he arrived in July, 1990. Age was the deciding factor in not granting Shanghainese mentor Lee a licence while, on the jockeys' front, both Mak and Lynch had fallen foul of Stipendiary Stewards. Gallagher rode in the early part of the present season on a three-month conditional licence before being granted a full licence for the season. Also refused was former lightweight English jockey George Dickie, whose retainer agreement with Allan Chan broke down two months ago. Visiting international rider Scott Galloway's application for a full-time licence was refused and the Licensing Committee, it is understood, also told four trainers their efforts next season will be closely scrutinised.