FRENCH jockey Gerald Mosse has been sacked by retaining trainer and countryman Patrick Biancone. Both men confirmed the shock news before last night's inaugural floodlit Sha Tin meeting. Mosse, had suspected for some time that his job was on the line, but he will attempt to find another stable in Hongkong before the Jockey Club's licensing committee meets tomorrow to ratify retainerships for next season. His close friend and compatriot, Eric Legrix, is hot favourite to replace him. Legrix rode in Hongkong for three weeks earlier this season while Mosse was out injured, winning the Derby on Helene Star for Biancone. Mosse said the split with Biancone was amicable, but he was adamant that he didn't want to leave the man who has been his mentor in two separate spells since he left school as a 15-year-old. ''We are still friends, but it was his decision. He sacked me and I don't think it is completely polite to let me know at this late stage. ''A jockey's life can be like that. It can be hard to learn but you learn anyway. ''But I won't be sitting down and crying. I hope to ride as many more winners as possible before the season ends. I will not be going home early.'' Biancone offered no particular reason for his decision. He said: ''This is racing. You are together today, you are not together tomorrow and then back again some time in the future. It is not a marriage. ''We had a very successful and happy two years together out here. We have had a long chat and there are no hard feelings at all. It is more like a common agreement.'' Biancone has applied to the Jockey Club for a week-long extension to give himself time to find a replacement rider. ''I would like to find another French jockey and will be speaking to Eric in a few days time. I haven't had time to contact him yet,'' he said. As for Mosse, Gary Ng Ting-keung is the only trainer left in Hongkong looking for a stable jockey next season. Ng has been advised by the Club to apply for someone other than the troubled Frankie Dettori as first retained rider - a task that is proving difficult. But Mosse said of any possible link with Ng: ''He has never given me a ride so far this season so, on that basis, I can't see that it should happen. ''But it is my boss who has sacked me not the Jockey Club. I want to stay here as I love Hongkong and the way that racing is run here. ''There is no better place to ride and if I can't find another stable this time maybe I will be able to come back in the future. This I hope for very much. ''But right now I'm open to any proposition as there have only been two trainers in my career, Patrick and Francois Boutin.'' Biancone currently sits in sixth position in the trainers' standings on 28 winners, having endured a difficult time since the short head defeat of Derby winner Helene Star in the International Bowl. Mosse is in fourth in the jockeys' list on 39. He was at his consummate best when winning last season's Invitation Cup on River Verdon which he lists as the highlight of his stay in the territory.