Championship-chasing Douglas Whyte and Tony Cruz will part company next season with French ace Eric Saint-Martin taking over as stable jockey to the Hong Kong-born trainer. Whyte, who is four winners adrift of defending champion Basil Marcus in the battle for this year's title, said: 'It is an amicable parting of the ways. Tony wants a jockey who will basically ride 100 per cent of the time for the stable and in trackwork. He doesn't really want someone who will take as many outside rides as he can get. 'I understand that, but I want to win titles and it is hard to do with little flexibility.' Cruz, who quickly signed the young South African rider after his tremendous stint as a Club jockey last season, confirmed that he and Whyte would not be together next season. 'Officially, I am waiting for the Licensing Committee to approve my new jockey,' he said. Saint-Martin currently rides for David Oughton, but informed the trainer yesterday that he was moving to Cruz next season. Saint-Martin, who had a troubled early part to the present season, said: 'I knew Tony when we both rode for the same stable in France and I rode quite a few winners for him last season. 'We have talked it over quite thoroughly and it is a good opportunity for me but I want to say immediately that I am very happy with David [Oughton] and it was only something like this that would have made me want to move. 'I think David and I have got on well together and I am grateful to him for giving me the stable position this season,' said Saint-Martin. Oughton clearly has no hard feelings about his stable jockey moving to fresh pastures after just a season. He said: 'Tony has a bigger yard than me and Eric will have better opportunities there. It is a fact of racing life and I wish him the very best of luck.' Oughton said he would be talking it over with his owners before deciding on a stable jockey, although dual Derby-winning jockey Alan Munro, whose job with Alex Wong Siu-tan disappeared last week when the trainer was refused permission to retain a rider next season, has been immediately linked with the stable. For Whyte, the position is slightly more complex. He said: 'I have certain definite options and I am keeping them open at the moment. Put it this way, I fully expect to be riding in Hong Kong next season.' The most obvious job for the talented and highly popular rider would be with champion trainer Ivan Allan - but that is not certain. Allan has been negotiating with a top flight English rider and talks had reached a crucial stage late yesterday. Possibly significantly, they were not concluded but Allan said last night: 'I can only say that I have had talks with a jockey from England and he is the rider I have in mind for next season. There is a problem in relation to the time he could spend here - he wants six months and I want 10 months.' The news that Whyte is officially on the job market may well tempt Allan, who is a regular supplier of top class rides to the South African. At Sha Tin last night, leading trainer Patrick Biancone caused a shock when he withdrew three runners from the meeting after stable jockey Eric Legrix was ruled unfit to ride after Graceful fell in the second event and had to be put down. After meeting the stewards, Biancone withdrew Lucky Charm (Race Four), Hong Kong Supreme (Race Five) and Double Expresso (Race Six). He had wanted stable apprentice Carole W.S. Yu to ride the horses but Jockey Club rules do not permit a maximum-claiming apprentice to take over from a senior rider. Biancone said: 'Carole knows the horses well, she works them most mornings.'