Shane Dye will make an unexpected return to Hong Kong next Sunday, when he jets in from Sydney to handle Vigor Delight in the HK$8 million Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile. Dye hasn't ridden in Hong Kong for 12 months - January 9, 2008 at Happy Valley was his last meeting, when he was suspended by stewards for failing to ride Sohna all the way to the finishing post and possibly costing the gelding second place. He's been recalled by a long-time friend, Peter Law Kin-sang, with whom Dye has forged a great association that began with three Group One wins and a Horse of the Year title with Grand Delight in 2003. They also won the 2007 Premier Bowl (Gr 3) with Royal Delight, and that gelding went on to finish third to Sacred Kingdom in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint. Eric Saint-Martin signed off from racing - for the next 16 meetings at least - in landing the opening event on One Wee Acorn for David Ferraris, but the Frenchman is not giving up his fight to regain his licence. Saint-Martin had his case against an improper riding charge thrown out by the Jockey Club appeals panel on Friday, and was also unsuccessful in arguing for a reduction in penalty. The suspension, gained for using his elbow in a mid-race skirmish with Paul Lo Pak-hin on December 28, should theoretically see the Frenchman resume riding on March 8. But first, Saint-Martin must front the club's licensing committee, which will serve him with a notice to 'show cause' why his licence should not be withdrawn. This is because the latest improper riding charge - the fourth of Saint-Martin's long and otherwise successful Hong Kong career - puts him in direct violation of the specific condition under which his 2008-09 licence was issued. 'I will go skiing with my family, and I will come back in March and continue riding until the end of the season,' he said, signing off on an optimistic note. Douglas Whyte gained his first suspension in 275 rides this season for causing interference in the seventh race, but not before he had 'demonised' rival Brett Prebble to land a Jockey Challenge that was to all intents and purposes lost. Whyte (Presto) pleaded guilty to careless riding in that he steadied and shifted out shortly before the 1,200 metres, causing Ferro Beau to strike his heels and blunder. Whyte will ride on until the conclusion of the Classic Mile meeting on Sunday, and then miss the meetings scheduled for January 21 and 24. In recognition of his excellent record this season, stewards did not add any financial penalty to the two-day suspension. Eddie Lai Wai-ming was not so fortunate. He got two days for interference to winner Lazy Buddies in the early stages of the fourth race, but then transgressed in the day's feature, the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, on Friendly Gains. Lai came out with two days for the earlier infringement, and an additional two days for the main race, with an additional HK$25,000 fine as well. Lai will be suspended for the meetings of January 24 and 28, and February 1 and 4.