Hong Kong's jockey ranks recently got an official tickle-up from the Jockey Club over accusations of possible team riding. Not that any examples or suspicions were voiced - it was far too generalised for that. Believed to have been spurred by reports of possible renewed ICAC interest in investigating racing - you can almost set your clock by them - the gathering was also informed that complaints by members of the public telephoning the club had seen a significant increase, too. We're not sure what the usual level of phone complaints might be or over what period they are collected and calculated, however, the number we believe was quoted to the meeting with the riders was a rise to more than 20. Perhaps we've become hardened by years in this job, but in a city where millions of people regularly bet on each and every race meeting we might have thought that 20 complaints, or 30 or 40 for that matter, might be seen as a reasonable representation of that well known racetrack denizen, the Sore Loser. Nevertheless, the club felt the need to respond to this nonsense on a semi-official level - semi-official in that the discussion was not reported publicly. While any and every punter has paid his or her buck and is therefore entitled to voice his or her complaint to the club, it does seem a waste of resources or even just words if semi-official direction is being generated by a disgruntled Tai Po taxi driver or their mate. Racing officials are professionals. If they see team riding it should not require non-professional inspiration to investigate, and we are comfortable that it would not. But if they do not see team riding, they should have the gumption to file such 'I did my cash' belly-aching in the appropriate waste bin instead of making it an issue.