TALENTED Swedish jockey Fredrik Johansson only needs the right horse before he breaks through for his maiden Hong Kong victory. When the Jockey Club's racing department signed up Johansson for a three-month stint there were plenty of knockers, myself included. 'Fredrik who?' was the question everyone asked. Even the European jockeys were only vaguely aware of him at best. But fair play to the racing department and to the licensing committee as their decision to employ Johansson appears very far-sighted. He has as good a 'sit' on a horse as you will see. He rides with just his toes in the irons, rather than his whole foot jammed in which, since the likes of the legendary American riders Steve Cauthen and Cash Asmussen went to Europe, and the likes of Alan Munro, Frankie Dettori, Darryll Holland, Jason Weaver and Keiran Fallon went the other way to the United States on working holidays, has become outmoded. Walter Swinburn and Mick Kinane soon adopted the 'toe in' style. The belief is that riding with only the toes in the irons leads to a jockey having better balance on a horse in that his weight is right over the horse's centre of gravity. Riding with the whole foot in the stirrups can lead to a slight imbalance in the weight distribution with too much weight being distributed back from the horse's withers. Without wishing at all to sound biased towards the Northern Hemisphere riders, this style of 'toes-in' riding is probably the one thing which gives them the edge, in terms of strength in depth, over their Southern Hemisphere counterparts. No one is saying that the likes of Damien Oliver and Darren Beadman are not as good as anyone riding anywhere. But that exposure to the American greats has lead to a stronger pool of top riders in Europe. Johansson has a great sit and lovely hands and balance and must be very naturally gifted to have developed such style in the saddle without exposure to much top-class opposition in Europe. He also appears to have a fine tactical brain through a race and can ride a very forceful finish. He looks a complete rider and while he only finished third on Bruce Hutchison's Spirits Bay on Wednesday night, it was yet another copybook performance. Yesterday Johansson took the second trial on the Alex Wong Siu-tan-trained Rising Glory who has yet to race in the territory. Johansson made all the running on Rising Glory to score by five lengths from the speedy Aubade and if this is not a winner waiting to happen then I'm a Swede, or maybe a turnip. Gary Ng's griffin Genuine Pearls showed improved form to run third in this heat and, while he will benefit from racing, this select sale purchase has a definite future in the game. Rambo was his usual front-running self in taking the opening trial while All The Glory, the best griffin seen out so far, became a little tired when running second in the final heat. The hitout will have done him the world of good as he is a big, sprinting type and is on his way back after a spell. Trainer Alex Wong Yu-on will not race him in open company but keep him for the end-of-season griffin championship events. Patrick Biancone's Lake Tahoe ran on well for third in this final heat and, like Rising Glory, is another on which to have a proper bet in the near future. Trust me. First trial - 1,150 metres: 1, RAMBO (W. L. Ho); 2, Nansen (F. Coetzee); 3, Aim On Kris (K. C. Chan). Others (in finishing order): Danzighill, Eastern Saga, Lucky Winner, Super Conqueror. Time: 1.10.5 (24.7). Distances: 1 length, 3 lengths. Winner trained by Peter Ng Bik-kuen. Second trial - 1,150 metres: 1, RISING GLORY (F. Johansson); 2, Aubade (C. M. Au); 3, Genuine Pearls (H. K. Yim). Others: Pocket Full, Ace of Win, Feeling Good, Mighty Prince. Time: 1.10.0 (24.5). Distances: 5 lengths, 4 lengths. Winner trained by Wong Siu-tan. Third trial - 1,150 metres: 1, FIGHTING STRIKE (K. C. Tsang); 2, All The Glory (K. C. Chan); 3, Lake Tahoe (E. Legrix). Others: Knight Commander, Fortune Leader, Golden Emperor, Brave Ron, Gold Capture, Al Good, Manley's Star. Time: 1.10.3 (24.2). Distances: 1 length, neck. Winner trained by Wong Siu-tan.