THE cheers had scarcely died down after the exciting final race of the season before our leading racing stars were heading for the airport and a well-earned break. John Marshall was almost certainly first out of the stalls as he was airborne for Australia by 8.30 pm with Basil Marcus leading the exodus today, followed by training rivals John Moore, David Hill and Lawrie Fownes. It could well be that Hill and Moore renew their personal rivalry in Florida - but on the golf course. Both have residences in northern Florida and plenty of time will be spent golfing . . . and winding down. ''It's been as hard a season as I can remember,'' said Moore, while Fownes, who leaves just after midday for Canada and Las Vegas added: ''I have not had a break over the 10 months. It has been stressful.'' Staying around just a little bit longer will be Nigel Tiley who hung up his saddle officially after the last race yesterday. ''I'm clearing up a few things and making the farewell rounds. Then I'll be off,'' he said. THE Hongkong riding careers of Irish-American Declan Murphy and local boy Dennis C.H. Yip came to an end with a whimper rather than a bang. Murphy, unplaced on 5-2 favourite Heavily Armed in the second event, rode Intermac Supreme into fourth place in the third race for Peter Ng Bik-kuen and was then replaced on top ride Endeavour and mud-loving Precious Glory. And Yip, who becomes an assistant trainer next season, could not finish his engagements after riding Peace Gallery into second place in fifth. Greg Childs also came to grief after winning with Karaoke in the eighth when he came down with stomach cramps and the usual post-race winners picture had to go ahead sans jockey. IVAN Allan ended his first Hongkong season on a suitably high note with a winning double, but it looked for a time as if the first of the duo had come home entirely friendless. Sun Crest went out officially at 99-1 in the second event where stablemate Fukien boy was the 3-1 favourite. But maximum claimer Peter Y.S. Wong, riding with some aplomb, brought the one-time inmate of the Patrick Biancone stable home a half-length winner. The odds were actually 178-1, but the post-race picture went ahead without owner George Tong. Just as the winner was being led away, George appeared - and we had a second round of photographs. But if there is one man who does understand the vagaries of racing it is surely George who has seen the ups and downs of the game. We guess he was probably stuck in the lift.