TOP English jockey Tony Ives, who rides in next week's Singapore Derby, tuned up for the Classic with rides in the island republic yesterday. Amid reports that he is considering joining at least two other Macau personalities at the Bukit Turf Club, Ives left for Singapore last week. But he said: ''I am licensed by the Macau Jockey Club for this season and I am not handing in that licence. I have ridden several times before in Singapore and it is a good break for me.'' The former Hong Kong Club rider added: ''I am not saying I would not listen to offers because any jockey would, but there are no definite plans.'' As Ives was parading his talents in Singapore, the Macau Jockey Club were putting on the first of a special two-day meeting at Taipa - and blaming a moderate attendance on the chaos on the Taipa Bridge. And there is no doubt that racegoers venturing to Taipa have to be keen. The MJC put back yesterday's races by 15 minutes because of traffic congestion on the bridge linking the island with mainland Macau. It was taking an hour to get from virtually any mainland location to the racecourse. It's a situation that has MJC chief executive Ray Alexander shaking his head in frustration. ''But it is completely out of our hands. We are just hoping the second bridge will be open as quickly as possible - and at least by early next year. ''I have not the slightest doubt that this is costing us punters and turnover. ''It is unrealistic to expect people to put up with this week after week.'' In a lacklustre meeting, the successful run of aptly named Winning Kid continued. The gelding won his first three races at Taipa and went into yesterday's 1,200-metre fourth event with an unblemished record. And jockey Richard Lines kept it that way. The 2-1 favourite, who drifted late in betting, showed definite class in easily holding off 12-1 chance Rackemm in the run to the line. There was three lengths back to third-placed Refreeze (25-1). On this form, Winning Kid can continue his winning ways. Former Queensland champion jockey Neil Williams won the sixth event - the top-rated race on the card - with quality sprinter Exasperater (2-1 favourite). This was a hat-trick for the gelding and the win was never in doubt. In a nine-runner field boasting few top-line sprinters, Exasperater went to the line easily. Surplus (7-2) was backed late in betting but never looked more than a quinella chance. Former American-Chinese rider Juan Corrales is making his presence felt at Taipa and chalked up another good winner in My Star (9-5 favourite) who blitzed a field of 12 in the seventh event. Totally at home over 1,000 metres, Corrales flashed from the gates and My Star was being hailed a winner a long way from home. And former Sydney-based rider Neil Paine rode a stylish waiting race on top-weight Flaming Arrow to win the 1,800-metre eighth event for trainer Darby Armstrong. Apprentice-ridden Perfect Guest set a hectic, suicidal pace but Paine judged his run to perfection and took it up halfway down the straight to score well from Plenty Gold who could not match strides with him.