Changes? What changes? In a way it is comforting to note that, if nothing else, the Japan Cup has proved goodwill behind the Good Neighbour Policy runs no more than smile-deep. The original signatories to this profound document were Japan and Hong Kong, standing shoulder-to-shoulder against the advancing foe of ... well, apparently against the outside world's rapacious appetite for pirating chunks of betting turnover from the major turnover nations without a by-your-leave. They then coaxed and prodded until a number of the other Asian Racing Federation nations signed on to man the barricades, too. Of course, that all went out the window when the chance was there for Japan to lift its Cup by moving the date to secure more participation from the post-Breeders' Cup Americans. The downside of that was the inevitable squeezing of the gap between the Japan Cup and Hong Kong, resulting in three instant dropouts from Hong Kong's major meeting and the possibility that any Japan Cup horses which do compete here will have been gutted by the tough outing at Fuchu a fortnight prior. Hold hands and sing uplifting songs all you like - competition is still the bottom line and let the devil take the hindmost.