The Jockey Club threw another curve ball at the southern hemisphere's leading sales house yesterday by threatening to introduce compulsory X-raying of Private Purchase Griffins before they enter Hong Kong. As talks between Jockey Club officials and William Inglis and Son failed to solve the impasse over the X-raying of sale yearlings, executive director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said they were looking at new ways to protect their members. The Jockey Club is demanding the right to X-ray yearlings presale, or to have them X-rayed immediately after the hammer falls and return them if major problems are revealed. Now they are planning to include PPGs. 'The Racing Committee has discussed the idea and has agreed to look further into it as a way we might be able to better protect our members against bringing in horses with problems,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'A lot of PPGs come into Hong Kong with pre-existing problems and we want to cut this down. There is a lot of expense going into importing the horses, training them and then having to repatriate them when they break down and cannot race, and we see too much of this in their first season here. 'What we are looking at is requiring the same kind of X-rays we demand for our yearling purchases, to see if the horse will be suitable for Hong Kong, before the cost of importation. If the X-rays give us reason to believe the horse has a major problem, they may not be allowed to come.' Engelbrecht-Bresges met briefly yesterday with Inglis' managing director Reg Inglis, but the two parted with their positions unchanged. There now appears no chance of a resolution to the impasse before the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney on April 2. And the floating of this new concept is certain to further strain relations with the Australian auctioneer, at whose sales many Hong Kong PPGs are bought as yearlings. 'They have their business decision, we have ours. It is nothing personal, but the Jockey Club will not be buying in Sydney at Easter,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'I want to be sure that people understand - the X-rays are not about trying to determine whether a horse will turn out to be a good racehorse, they are to help us determine whether a horse is going to be a racehorse at all. We do not want to buy paddock retirements.' William Inglis and Son has said the Jockey Club wants preferential treatment, that vendors do not want to undertake the process and that they have collectively asked the auction house to take this message to the Jockey Club. He said the Club's demands amounted to 'window-dressing'. Engelbrecht-Bresges said: 'I have to disagree with the comments by Reg in the South China Morning Post yesterday. This is not window dressing, it is established practice at the leading international yearling sales of the world. I am a vendor myself in Europe and I know this is not an easy shift to make but everyone has to make it.' He said several of the biggest breeding operations in Australia and New Zealand - Coolmore Stud, Cambridge Stud and Widden Stud - had agreed with the Jockey Club position. 'And this is at the heart of the matter. A sales company is a middle man between the vendor and the buyer, so this issue is between the vendor and the buyer,' he said. 'We are not asking a sales company to do this. We are asking the vendors and they have agreed. In the end, it is the vendor who sells the horse, the vendor who guarantees the horse. If William Inglis and Son does not want to lead the way and facilitate what we see as the minimum protection we want for our members, then we must go directly to the vendors themselves or sales like the Gold Coast Magic Millions. They seem to have a much more forward-thinking attitude.'