RECENTLY-appointed Queen's Counsel Gary Alderdice, a keen racing fan, looks certain to become legal adviser to the Hongkong Trainers' Association. The position will be offered to the New Zealander following a meeting of the body yesterday and Alderdice, who has appeared in a number of racing-related inquiries and appeals, seems sure to accept. The Trainers' Association have expressed concern about security arrangements at Happy Valley and the Shan Kwong Road stables. This has become pertinent following the recent positive swab to caffeine of Top News from the Brian Kan Ping-chee stable. The horse was clear in a pre-race test, transported to Happy Valley and stabled until the night race meeting at Shan Kwong Road - and was then random tested after his race. Trainers have voiced considerable concern not only over security but also their responsibilities as, under present rules, they carry ultimate and virtually total responsibility if a horse is returned positive. There is also concern about the administration of medication to horses under current rules and this has followed on from the $75,000 fine levied on trainer Lawrie Fownes earlier this week. The Trainers' Association are now seeking a meeting with senior Jockey Club officials over both these matters. Meanwhile, there is no lack of demand from would-be owners with over 900 putting in for horses in the ballot due on May 28. As a result the Jockey Club has decided that the number of horses imported next season will rise to 230, an additional 30 horses from the original figure. The 30 horses will be split evenly between private purchase gallopers and griffins. The long-standing subscription griffin scheme has been abandoned although members putting in for a private purchase griffin can ask the Jockey Club to purchase it on theirbehalf with the minimum price being $200,000. And hopeful owners anticipating success in the ballot have a chance to size up bloodstock from all corners of the world at a special exhibition on May 22. The Lexus International Horse Fair will have bloodstock agents and other exhibitors gathered from Australasia, America, England, France and Ireland. It is believed to be one of the widest ranging bloodstock exhibitions held anywhere.