South African trainer Tony Millard last night spoke of the heart-wrenching decision to move to Hong Kong and take his chances in a racing jurisdiction he knows nothing about. 'It was a very, very difficult decision, easily the hardest of my life. I have the best horses in training now that I have ever had and that includes a string of two-year-olds that other trainers would kill for. 'I don't know if there is ever a right time for this sort of thing, but I am at an age where at least I can give something new a go. And if it doesn't work out, well I can always come home. 'I knew deep down that I had to try it because it is a very serious challenge and if I did not do it now, it would probably never come again and I would never get a chance again,' said Millard, who just hours earlier was confirmed as the Hong Kong Jockey Club's new trainer for next season. The announcement was made by the Jockey Club's chief executive, Lawrence Wong, at a special press conference to announce details of a gala evening and prize presentation on the eve of the final meeting of the season on June 13. Millard, 37, will officially take up his duties on July 1 but expects to be in Hong Kong for two or three days at the end of the month. His only other trip to Hong Kong was a secret, flying visit two weeks ago to face an interview for the position that he officially landed last Monday. Millard, twice champion trainer of South Africa, is under no illusions about the task ahead of him in Hong Kong. 'I know it will be tough and I am not expecting to get any help. That is not my way. It will be a case of hard work and looking after my horses and my owners. 'I am sure it will take time, two or three years, but I am intent on doing well otherwise I just would not have bothered. 'It would have been very, very easy to stay in South Africa because things have never gone better for me here. 'To that extent, I am clearly taking a chance and rather jumping off into the unknown. It was also hard because I have the best two-year-olds in the country at the moment and it is a delight just watching them race. I don't know which one of them is best because every time we start one he seems to be better than the one before. Last week, Millard won four of the awards on offer at a Jockey Club of Southern Africa function. Millard has never finished out of the first five in South Africa since he took out a licence there in 1991 following an early stint as assistant trainer to John Gosden in California. Gosden, a Briton, returned to Newmarket where he is now one of Britain's top trainers. After California, Millard returned home to work for his father, Terence, one of the legendary figures of the South African turf who won seven titles and every major race at least twice. After Tony Millard took over the reins, he set about emulating his father and to date has trained the winners of 68 Group races, of which 35 have been Group One. Last season he trained 104 winners and among his owners are internationally known Robert Sangster and legendary South African golfer Gary Player. Millard, who is married with one child, will at least have two familiar faces to greet him when he makes his brief visit at the end of the month. Resident jockeys Douglas Whyte and Felix Coetzee have both ridden for him. Director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said: 'I have no doubt that we have made the right choice.'