While the Breeders' Cup is still fresh, there were those who thought the organisers showed everybody a trick or two on the first day as far as promoting the meeting's highlights. What could be a better attention-grabber than two top jockeys trading blows, or attempting to do so, in public view? The first of the two days has grown as an offshoot of the demand for more segmentation in the types of races and the events themselves that are worthy, high-level races but still play curtain-raiser to the main day when the really big guns take the stage. The Marathon race is unlikely to ever make the transition to the main card, but the huffing and puffing between Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano at the end of it got the world's attention in a way that Zenyatta's attempt on a perfect 20-win career simply could not do. Like it or hate it, that is the world. In the end, Castellano's ride was demoted from the placings for the interference that started it all and he got six days and a US$2,500 fine and Borel got a US$5,000 fine, but their timing was brilliant and the Breeders' Cup got some serious air time out of it prior to the day featuring Goldikova and Zenyatta. Those two great mares then turned up to justify all the hype on the day and sent everyone home happy. There are no more words for Goldikova's achievements and she didn't have things all her way in winning the Mile for the third time. Though beaten, the ever so slightly overhyped Zenyatta probably ran her best race ever in only her second time against the males and away from her preferred racing surface. They backed up the promises made by the stink between Borel and Castellano. We aren't suggesting the fight was a put-on but, if it had been, the timing could not have been better and there were a few voices at Sha Tin on Saturday throwing up the what-if scenario for Hong Kong's international week meetings. Let's face it, how often have we seen that naff posed photo before the International Jockey Championship at Happy Valley of riders shaping up in boxing gloves? A few wags reckon that it should be played out for real, jockey versus jockey, as an attraction, but then there were others who said why stop there? Jockeys versus trainers (like it hasn't been going on for years in a more passive form). Trainers versus trainers (which would include one obvious bout that springs to mind and which would ensure a crowd, though there would be a queue to shape up with at least one of the trainers). Even throw in a jockey or trainer with a steward or two. (Get the Jockey Club marketing people rolling on that and hope they can come up with more than the 'party on' tag that has been making the Happy Valley Oktoberfest meetings feel like a leftover scene from Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure.) Maybe a cage event, and with back stories: the day the jock slaughtered one on the trainer that was never forgotten. Or the trainer who sacked the jockey to protect his own rear end. The rider who caught another with his girlfriend. And so on. It's all out there, happening daily anyway, if only it could be harnessed. But then that would probably infringe the copyrights of the World Wrestling Federation. Alas, the Jockey Club might just have to leave it all to chance and hope it flies.