A HOLIDAY in the Far East has turned into a permanent stay for Australian greyhound trainers Tony Baker and Ron Black. The well-credentialled dog handlers came to Hong Kong early last year and went across to Macau to have a look at the Canidrome which, over the years, has featured in many greyhound magazines in Australia. As a result of what they saw - course and city - both men penned applications to the Macau Canidrome not long after their return home to Melbourne and Perth respectively. Kennel manager Brian Murphy takes up the story. ''Both of them have excellent backgrounds in the game and we were pleased to hear from them. We sorted out all the details and they have been in Macau for about three weeks.'' The Canidrome pursues a fairly strong expat policy because they believe the overseas handlers really know their business. Meanwhile, it will be all eyes on the final of the STDM Cup at the track on New Year's Night, February 10. The STDM empire includes the Canidrome but, in the past, the annual Cup has not been among the big-money races. But that has changed significantly and the winning owner will pocket a cheque for $100,000 - and that is a lot of money in greyhound racing anywhere in the world.