The whole matter of Racing NSW versus the world over the Chris Munce episode was one of the talking points of last week for international visitors. Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges took the occasion to speak to foreign media, especially Australian media, in order to lay out the story step by step last Friday. Significantly, that happened simultaneously with the naming of a new Australian Racing Board chairman, Bob Bentley, and the day following the naming of a new board for Racing NSW. Despite sympathy for Munce in Australia for having been to jail, there did not appear to be much support among racing officials from Down Under for the step taken by Peter V'Landys at Racing NSW to licence the jockey and throw the now well-known Article 10 of the International Agreement on Racing And Breeding in the trash. The words 'death wish' were used to describe the move by one very senior Australian administrator. The opinion of the new board at Racing NSW will now be important in deciding whether V'Landys did overstep the mark in not reciprocating all penalties issued by Hong Kong stewards, or perhaps like previous boards at Racing NSW it will be asleep at the wheel and allow V'Landys to run everything as he sees fit. Bentley becoming the chairman at ARB was an interesting twist, given that, as head of Queensland Racing, he was the first administrator to back Article 10 and its operation in that state and yesterday released a statement that Munce would not be licensed in Queensland whilst under the HKJC ban. What transpires nationally as a result will be a statement on whether the ARB does in fact have any power or influence. Under its constitution, the ARB was 'established to make, change and administer the Australian Rules of Racing' and, according to its website, to establish the ARB 'as the globally recognised representative of the Australian thoroughbred racing industry with the capacity to promote the industry's interests internationally'. ARB, of course, signed Article 10 on behalf of the different Australian licensing jurisdictions. The Jockey Club will be bringing to bear whatever influence it can to have the matter reviewed.