Sunday's Macau-Hong Kong Trophy was another successful running of the event despite the genius of programming it opposite the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Perhaps it had to be run there to suit the Macau Derby preparations of the Taipa horses but it was hardly ideal and certainly interfered with the publicity for, attendance at and coverage of the event. The feats of Crown's Gift in 2004 led to the Macau allowance being cut to 15 handicap points this season but one wonders whether the Taipa side will want their 17-point allowance restored now that Hong Kong runners have dominated the finish of the two races this season. Winning trainer Tony Cruz is most excited about the future of the interport races and would like to see prize money boosted and even a switch to terms conditions, though it is clear there would still have to be a massive allowance for Macau runners. Sunday's meeting also featured the 'next Natural Blitz'. O'Reilly three-year-old Palace General made it six starts without defeat over 1,000m with another blistering display. Perhaps he will be here to follow in the hoof-steps of Natural Blitz in the Hong Kong Sprint next December. Despite the general enthusiasm in Macau - a city really buzzing with the economic optimism the new casino investments have brought - there are local racing people who wonder aloud if the boom could eventually be the downfall of Macau racing. Not merely as competition but perhaps even a replacement. We assume that the Macau Jockey Club is a worthwhile money-making venture, but some across the water debate whether the ownership at Taipa could dismiss the notion that one day the racetrack might also be a lovely spot to build a sure-win casino, instead. And things are reportedly not looking too bright in that other emergent Asian racing centre, Beijing. Racing is going to recommence next month, later than scheduled, and without even the token betting which was occurring for a year or two before the police stepped in late last year. With businessman Cheng Yun-poon rumoured to have spent something in the order of US$100 million to date in building the racecourse, providing horses and all the employees and facilities necessary to undertake any racing at all, the real deal appears no closer to getting government approval. On the plus side, we hear that serious thoroughbred racing in Mongolia is on the way.