American superstar jockey Gary Stevens will ride in Hong Kong for three meetings - not three months. Stevens, currently leading jockey yet again in his country, will arrive 24 hours before the International Races on December 13 and miss the special Jockeys' Invitation Race at Happy Valley four days earlier because of commitments in America and Saudi Arabia. The 35-year-old Kentucky Derby-winning star, who wowed Hong Kong three years ago, will definitely be available for local rides only at the meetings on December 13, 16 and 19. Stevens' long-time friend and agent, Ron Anderson, confirmed the arrangements from California yesterday and ruled out completely any possibility of the jockey riding here for the three months for which he has been licensed by the Jockey Club. 'I am afraid that is just impossible. I know they have given Gary a three-month licence and maybe he could come back for the Derby or some big race like that but he has commitments in America,' said Anderson. 'We are leaving for the Super Jockeys' Series in Japan tomorrow and then he dashes back to America because he is president of the Jockeys' Guild and has to be in Las Vegas for the annual convention. 'Then he has to go to Saudi Arabia to ride for the prince there and he will arrive in Hong Kong on the Saturday before the International Races. 'He will ride in Hong Kong for that meeting and the two that follow before he comes back to America,' said Anderson, who was a popular figure at Sha Tin three years ago when Stevens rode briefly under retainer for former trainer Steven S. L. Leung. Stevens' non-appearance for the special Happy Valley Jockeys' Invitation Race means the Jockey Club have now lost one of their major drawcards although they have no shortage of riders. After Eric Legrix's superb treble at Sha Tin on Sunday, he is now lying second to compatriot Eric Saint-Martin on the jockeys' championship table with 17 winners. He is five winners behind. And it now looks as if the two Frenchmen will represent Hong Kong in the special series. Douglas Whyte lies third in the table ahead of champion jockey and compatriot Basil Marcus on minor placings - but neither may get into the race. Director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, said yesterday: 'We have now around 12 jockeys from abroad so there may only be room for the leading two from Hong Kong. 'We have not given up hope on Stevens coming for the Invitation Race, although we do know that it is going to be difficult because of his programme,' added the racing official. Knowing eyebrows were raised when it was said that Stevens would be here for three months as his superstar status in America means he is involved in every major race in the country. But he had been talking of slowing down and possibly riding in England. Those plans, and the hopes of a long Hong Kong stint, have clearly been knocked on the head as the superbly talented rider continues to carry all before him in America.