Contrary to some reports in the local Chinese language press, the details of the Hong Kong-Macau goodwill cup races have not been worked out but both sides hope that will change after meetings today at Sports Road. At this stage, the only aspects of the races agreed are the date, distance and stake money, but Macau Director of Racing Ian Paterson will meet Jockey Club officials today to sort out the nuts and bolts of the first race on February 15, including the handicap allowance for the Macau horses. Officials admit there is no easy formula to quantify the gap between Macau and Hong Kong ratings. Although there are rough guidelines available in the shape of former Hong Kong horses which have, via a trip around the world, wound up racing at Taipa, it will be mostly a case of guesswork, trial and error. Conditions for the second of the races, to be run at Taipa, will not be agreed today, however, and will not be set down until after the running of the first event, just in case there is a clear need for changes. Incidentally, the Macau Jockey Club and its personnel have their focus firmly on competing internationally and have announced a team of 12 horses will represent that jurisdiction at the Dubai International Racing Carnival from January 29 to March 27. With Dubai running a multitude of races of different categories and distances over a nine-week period, Macau trainers have been quick to recognise opportunities. Newly licensed Malcolm Thwaites, formerly a champion trainer in Singapore for many years, has six horses going to Dubai. Macau's leading trainer Allen Tam Man-chau will also be represented, as will Peter Leyshan, who has taken over the preparation of the former Australian sprinter, Dantana, who ran in the Hong Kong Sprint behind Silent Witness.