Former South African champion jockey Felix Coetzee will ride for David Hill next season following an amicable split from long-time retaining trainer, Brian Kan Ping-chee. The deal, which requires official approval from the Licensing Committee, was put together in a matter of hours yesterday, while Hill was last night contacting his remaining owners. Hill will lose his current rider, Australian ace Patrick Payne, who has been advised not to apply for a licence next year. Hill said: 'I have spoken to most of my owners and they are all for it. The final conclusion of the deal will rest with the remainder of them and then, of course, getting official approval from the Licensing Committee. 'I think it has worked out very well, in the circumstances. I have had a great relationship with Paddy Payne, who is a first-class rider, but I have also now been able to get someone whom I have always admired. 'I think it is a bit of a coup to be able to get someone like Felix at such a time as this. He is a first-class rider and an ideal replacement for Paddy.' Kan, who has been something of a godfather to Coetzee during the past eight years, will still continue to use the South African as he said he was unlikely to seek a stable jockey. 'It is no problem for me, and I told David Hill that it would be quite all right,' said Kan. 'I will tell the Jockey Club, too. Felix spoke to me and I will use him next season. 'I have been giving my horses to him, but [have] also [given mounts] to my apprentices and Jimmy Ting. Maybe it will be the same next season.' Although he is leaving a stable with a full complement of 60 horses, the move could give the quietly spoken Coetzee a broader platform to display his obvious talents. Hill has no problems with Coetzee riding outside as often as he likes and the added freedom was one of the attractions of the offer. Said Coetzee: 'Brian has been very good about the whole business and I am really pleased about that. We had a long talk and he told me he would not only not stand in my way, but would support me as well next season. 'I have spoken to David and basically everything is agreed. It is now up to the Licensing Committee. There should be more horses for me to ride next season than has been the case before and I am certainly looking forward to it.' Coetzee rarely enters the Hong Kong limelight, but he is deeply respected by the sport's professionals and has been used in the past by all the leading trainers in Hong Kong. He has had two breaks from Hong Kong during his almost nine years here - following a bad leg injury that took a long time to heal and when his daughter's health was a concern. But no leading trainer has any hesitation in putting him up when rides are available in the major races, with Ivan Allan a regular supporter. Hill added: 'Ultimately, my stable strength should be around 44, but it will give Felix opportunities to ride outside virtually all the time. I have spoken to Brian about Felix riding for him and that will not be a problem. It should work out well for us all.'