AN 11th-hour bid to secure rides for Lisa Cropp and Emma O'Gorman, as the stars of Ladies' Day faced a Saturday sitting in the jockeys' room at Sha Tin, has been successful. New Zealand ace Cropp and England's O'Gorman had two confirmed rides on the eight-race programme after trackwork yesterday, but then director of racing, Philip Johnston, stepped in. And at Sha Tin last night Johnston, in his new guise as a jockeys' agent, announced success. 'The girls are eligible to ride in seven of the races on Saturday and they will now have at least five rides and possibly more. I am still hoping to see another couple of trainers,' said Johnston. Last year, at a successful inaugural Ladies' Day, American star Julie Krone had a full book of rides and landed two winners. But this year, before Johnston's intervention, things had looked rather bleak for the visiting duo. Stipendiary steward Andrew Erasmus, who was seeking rides at trackwork yesterday, said: 'It's a bit worrying. It's not easy securing rides, but I'm hopeful that we'll have some more for them.' But the public relations officer of the Trainers' Association, Bruce Hutchison, countered quickly: 'I was asked this morning by Andrew Erasmus about rides for the two girls. But it is far too late as I have my arrangements made and I know that applies to most of my colleagues. You can't jock blokes off at the last minute. 'I remember last year I put Julie Krone up on one or two because the director of racing, Philip Johnston, asked me some time in advance.' Both girls, who arrived on Tuesday, were at trackwork yesterday to ride work and meet the press. But it was newsmen who swamped the pair, not trainers and they spent much of the morning in the trainers' stand. Trainers Wong Tang-ping and Peter Ng Bik-kuen confirmed three rides apiece for the visitors and last night Johnston said Patrick Biancone and Stephen S. L. Leung had weighed in with rides. Among the vistors' rides will be Basketball Leader, Noble Regent, So So and Orchestra. The visitors were pleased with late developments and were earlier putting brave faces on the situation with Cropp saying: 'I am simply pleased to be here and have a couple of rides at the meeting. We have been superbly looked after and it will be a real thrill. 'I would love to have ridden last year with Julie Krone, but I haven't minded waiting a year for the experience. I will enjoy it, whatever happens.' Cropp has enjoyed two stints in Japan where she was widely accepted by the public and is hoping for a third. 'It was fabulous and if I can ride 30 city winners this season, I will be all right for next year,' she said. She is currently freelancing in Sydney, but broke off to come here for the week. The 21-year-old O'Gorman, who rode briefly in Singapore and Malaysia two years ago before an injury brought the stint to a premature end, is looking further afield - to America. 'It is tremendously difficult in England. Our industry has been very badly hit by the recession and the same opportunities don't exist as they did before. 'I was hoping to go to America for a month before coming here, but that has been put off for the time being. But it is something that I am intent on,' she said.