Fate may play a hand in the selection of the last participant in next Wednesday's International Jockey Championship at Happy Valley. The final place always goes to the local freelance rider with the season's best figures to that point and is usually announced after the all-weather meeting held two nights ago. Apprentice Way Leung Ming-wai, who performed well in the series last year, closed the gap on Howard Cheng Yue-tin to just two wins on Wednesday night and can still beat him to the spot with a big winning day tomorrow. However, Leung is no longer a certain starter at Happy Valley tomorrow after a trackwork incident riding barrier rogue Monetary Star. Monetary Star, who has refused to leave the starting gates on more than one occasion, objected to entering the barrier for a Riverside gallop yesterday morning. The horse threw his head up and struck Leung over his left eye, leaving a wound which required stitching at Prince Of Wales Hospital. Leung will return to hospital this morning when doctors will determine whether he is fit to take his place at Happy Valley. Champion jockey Douglas Whyte is already missing from tomorrow's card despite completing his three-day ban for careless riding. Whyte's time out has effectively been extended by a day due to his invitation to appear - at last - as Hong Kong's representative in the prestigious Super Jockey Series at Hanshin in Japan. The series is conducted over meetings at the track on Saturday and Sunday and Whyte will be making his long-awaited first appearance at the competition. As Hong Kong champion, the South African was invited to Hanshin for the 2001 and 2002 competitions but was unable to appear due to suspension on each occasion. Robbie Fradd took his place two years ago and Eric Saint-Martin last year. Meanwhile, some offshore oddsmakers have posted betting markets on the four International Races on Sunday week. Outstanding galloper Falbrav is expected to justify trainer Luca Cumani's contention that he is the world's best racehorse and is rated as short as a 2.25 favourite in the Hong Kong Cup with one English bookmaker. He is posted at 2.54 on the Betfair betting exchange. A unanimous second choice in the race is another Italian galloper, Rakti, at 5.0, ahead of Eishin Preston at 6.0 and Elegant Fashion at 7.0. Silent Witness has been posted as hot favourite in the Hong Kong Sprint at 2.1, ahead of South African speedster National Currency at 5.0.