Where was the upside strategy of the Good Neighbour Policy on Sunday? The policy, brought into the world originally by Hong Kong and Japan, is about showing respect for the domestic betting turnover of other signatories to the document. Which is another way of saying 'keep your mitts off'. But we have also been told that there is a positive aspect to the policy, designed in the hope of actually growing turnover between nations, since respect for turnover actually means 'keep your mitts off unless we co-signatories agree to cross-pooling'. Or so we are told though we see precious little evidence of any will to start the ball rolling, even on a dream opportunity like the Sprinters' Stakes. Make no mistake, the Japanese betting pool on a feature race dwarfs anything in Hong Kong. Two thirds of the meeting turnover goes into the main race, which can mean anything up to US$200 million bet on the feature. In cross-pooling terms, that would have meant Hong Kongers would be out-muscled at the windows if they could bet into that pool, forced to take the odds determined by Japanese bettors. But tell us there weren't Hong Kong punters aplenty willing to taste a little of the even money on a Silent Witness win, and their betting would not have made much of a dent in the Japanese odds. Instead, those who played took half that price on the Hong Kong tote. Now we know these things happen slowly - government taxes, takeout and legal and procedural differences between jurisdictions are not minor obstacles - but we're sure there was as much benefit in working on that positive aspect than in the subject of the announcement coming out of the annual Paris meeting of international racing authorities. There they were busy with another restrictive concept, the announcement of the Racing Trust Mark, which apparently will be worn with pride by internet betting operators who've shown themselves to have their hearts and funds in the right place regarding returns to racing. No doubt turnover 'pirates' are in tears over the likelihood they won't be able to display the logo - not until they lift one from the website of a legit bearer.