The licensing committee of the Jockey Club is expected to approve a final freelance jockey to ride here until the end of the present season. Public relations officer of the Trainers' Association, Bruce Hutchison, has had a talk with the director of racing, Philip Johnston, following recent events which have seen the departure of Damien Oliver and Mick Kinane while top local rider Simon H. K. Yim remains banned in the wake of the ICAC swoop at Sha Tin on March 16. Said Hutchison: 'There are just not enough jockeys. With Oliver gone, David Hayes needs riders because he has a full stable. 'It invariably means that smaller stables simply don't get a look in with Club riders. 'There is a very definite need for another jockey here until the end of the season. Piere Strydom is away for a couple of days in Australia and it is highly likely that there will be normal raceday suspensions between now and the middle of June,' he said. Crack South African rider Douglas Whyte has been granted a freelance licence until the end of the season, but even that move will not plug the gaps which have appeared in the riding ranks. Said Johnston: 'Frankly, I don't think that Bruce and I are very far apart on this one. We are fully aware of the situation and are monitoring it very closely. 'There will be a licensing committee meeting shortly and the matter will be discussed. There are several names on the list if we do decide to grant another licence.' Strydom will be back at the track today after a rush visit to hospital with a stomach complaint. The Club rider was in considerable pain at the time but reported last night that all was well prior to his flying visit to Melbourne, where he will ride in a special jockeys' invitation series.