It goes against the grain for a PR representative, but William Hill's David Hood is trying to keep a low profile in town this week. Hood, the head of public relations for the British bookmaking giant, is on his first visit here at a sensitive time after the firm's decision to start fixed-odds on Hong Kong racing three weeks ago. 'I'm probably not the most popular person with the Jockey Club at the moment,' said Hood, who was quick to stress that he was not here as part of the media package deal laid on by the Club. 'No, William Hill has paid for the whole trip. We had no one here last year and we got burned for GBP50,000 when Falvelon won the Sprint. 'There was a post-mortem back at head office and it was decided we needed someone on the ground this time. I booked the trip way back in May and, when I knew the Hong Kong start-up was in the offing, I was just hoping they might wait until after the Internationals.' William Hill yesterday issued odds on how many winners Hong Kong would score in the International races. The favourite was one winner at 5-4, with 13-8 no winners, 3-1 two winners, 12-1 three winners and 50-1 four winners. Trackwatchers had the French Hong Kong Cup entry Terre A Terre a likely scratching from the race after she worked yesterday morning but the four-year-old has been declared a starter by the Jockey Club. Terre A Terre had appeared to pull up lame in front and her rider dismounted and led her on foot, adding further fuel to the rumour. The club produced a veterinary report late yesterday, however, clarifying that the rider had in fact got down to readjust the girth on the horse, 'then walked the horse in hand for about 20 metres, remounted and rode Terre A Terre back to the quarantine area'. Back at the stables, Terre A Terre, winner of her past three starts in Europe and the latest in Group One company, was examined by the vets who failed to find any sign of lameness in the horse's legs. Apparently, Terre A Terre just has a particularly scratchy action, something of which the Jockey Club had been advised before the Eric Libaud-trained horse arrived in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the horse's race jockey, young riding sensation Christophe Soumillon, has given himself a busy day leading into Sunday's big events. While many of his Hong Kong International race counterparts will probably be playing golf or just relaxing, Soumillon will commence his contract to ride for three months in Macau. The Belgian-born rider, who recently signed as the Aga Khan's first jockey in France, has eight rides on the 12-race card at Taipa raceourse. Top Australian jockeys Glen Boss and Jim Cassidy were last night wrestling with the problem of how to get around the dress code for tomorrow's big events after finding they would not be allowed to wear their usual riding silks. In Australia, most if not all jockeys wear silks prominently displaying their names but the two were informed they could not wear them tomorrow as they would be in breach of the rules. As riding trouserless is almost certainly in breach of the rules, too, the pair were trying last evening to borrow an appropriate pair. The matter is most acute for Cassidy, whose small stature is making a match a difficult task indeed, and he was understood to be trying to contact Weichong Marwing for a brief loan. Noel McGinn, the owner-breeder of British sprinter Nice One Clare, is enjoying a trip down memory lane this week. 'My wife and I came here on honeymoon and this is the first time I've been back since,' said McGinn, who declined to say how long he has waited to return. 'Well, I have a daughter in her 30s, so you can tell it was quite a while ago,' he laughed. McGinn has noticed a few changes, not least in the professionalism of the racing set-up. 'Britain and Ireland could learn a thing or two from the way they do things here. The facilities, the racecourse, the hospitality, everything has been first class,' he said. On his mare's chances in the Sprint, McGinn added: 'This is her first run over the minimum trip and the faster the pace, the better for her. She needs to be covered up and has devastating speed over 100 metres. When she won at Ascot earlier in the year, Kieren Fallon said she was like a bullet when she went past him. I hope she will be placed at least.' Trainer Alex Wong Yu-on has a light representation at Sha Tin tomorrow with Joint Peace and Asia Rising and it is just as well. In the early morning bustle of international week, Wong had an altercation with a door step at the trainers' tower during trackwork yesterday and twisted an ankle in the process. After giving the step an appropriate level of verbal abuse, Wong appeared somewhat short in his action as he departed and declared himself in need of a vet check and a possible withdrawal.