German champion Andrasch Starke burst on to the Hong Kong racing scene in spectacular style at Happy Valley last night with a dream double to secure victory in the prestigious International Jockeys' Championship. Starke, 26, who will begin a three-month stint as a Club jockey after the weekend's International meeting, proved an instant hit as he powered to victory on Po On Power in the first leg of the three-race series and Millennium Supreme in the decider. The double came on Starke's Hong Kong debut, and gave him victory in the jockeys' challenge over young Australian Brett Prebble, who won the second leg on Successful Spirit and was just edged out by Starke in the third as he rode Strikers into second place. The series also featured superstar jockeys such as Frankie Dettori, Oliver Peslier and Yutaka Take, and Starke was delighted to have come out on top in such illustrious company. 'This is the best feeling of my career, I love Happy Valley,' said Starke, who recently clocked up his 1,000th winner and has just been crowned German champion for the third successive year. 'When I won the first race, I couldn't believe it. It just felt so great. But then I was unplaced in the second race, and I began to get nervous. I checked in the paper and saw my horse in the third race had a good chance, but I was still sweating as I weighed out. But then I got a good position, and my horse ran on well. This is a wonderful start to my career in Hong Kong.' Starke is little known outside Germany, but clearly his exploits have not gone unnoticed by countryman Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Club's executive director of racing. 'German racing is a bit underrated, and I was convinced Andrasch would fit in very well here. He is used to riding on pretty tight tracks and skilled in using tactical speed to get into the right position.' Those skills were certainly in evidence last night as Starke showed strength, determination and cunning to secure his two victories. He got off to a flying start in race three, the first leg of the series, when he came with a surging late run on the John Moore-trained Po On Power to pip South African Robbie Fradd aboard We Know When. Starke was out of luck in the second leg, won by Prebble on the Tony Cruz-trained Successful Spirit, which put the two winning jockeys in a tie for first place on 12 points apiece. Defending champion Dettori, who had ridden a second and a third in the first two legs, was just two points behind the pair in third place, and so it was all to play for in the decider. This time Starke showed another side to his riding as he put Millennium Supreme, also trained by Cruz, in a handy position. He struck for home in the straight and, though Prebble got a good run along the rail as he came from the back on Strikers, the German held on. Prebble was disappointed to have been pipped for the prize, and felt Strikers could reverse placings with Millennium Supreme if the pair met again, but he was delighted to have joined Starke in getting off the mark in Hong Kong. 'It was close at the end, and with a little luck things could have gone my way, but I am thrilled to have had a winner. And I am honoured to have been invited to ride against the best jockeys in the world.' Starke could enhance his reputation further at Sha Tin on Sunday when he partners German challengers Samum in the Hong Kong Cup and Caitano in the Vase. Samum is his main hope, despite a disappointing display last time out when only sixth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe over 2,400 metres. Earlier, the colt had scored an impressive win in the Emirates World Series when he beat a high-class field, including Vase contender Daliapour, on rain-softened ground in the Grosser Preis von Baden, and victory on Sunday would secure victory in the series. Starke said: 'I hope Samum will show his true form on Sunday. If he does, he must have a great chance. Caitano is very tough, and I'm hoping for a good run from him, too, because he's one of the horses who who helped get me started in Germany.' Andreas Schutz, who trains the pair, is optimistic Samum will give Starke every chance of another prestigious success. Schutz said: 'When he was beaten in the Arc, it simply was not his day. He was drawn badly, was dropped out in the race as planned, but then they went a great pace and he had a lot to do in the straight. He was still running on at the end, and I'm not too worried about coming back to 2,000 metres as he has won over that distance and has plenty of basic speed.'