As the racing season opens at Sha Tin today, the Sunday Morning Post asked three of the Hong Kong Jockey Club's most high-profile senior officials about their hopes for the year ahead. JOHN SCHRECK (Chief Stipendiary Steward) 'I hope, while it may be a little dream, that we can get full co-operation from all the licensed people to put on a good show for the fans. And I trust that if that happens, that the perception of Hong Kong racing would improve. 'Racing here is tough, it's clean and it is relatively honest, especially in what happens on the track. 'I sometimes think the general fan in Hong Kong doesn't appreciate just how good Hong Kong racing is, which is a little disappointing, so I hope that will change.' WINFRIED ENGELBRECHT-BRESGES (Executive Director, Racing) 'First, I hope that our international Hong Kong Cup race again turns out to be the decisive leg of the Emirates World Series, as it was in 2000. In this way we can truly establish our major raceday as the turf world championship. 'Secondly, after the tragedy of last season, I hope that we have a very competitive but absolutely incident-free time on the racetrack. 'My third wish is that the International sales horses will turn out to be even better than they were last season.' CIARAN KENNELLY (Head of Handicapping, Race Planning and International Handicapping) 'My biggest hope for the season? Firstly, I would love to see Hong Kong horses hold their own in the International races at home. 'But I would also like to see more horses travelling to compete abroad and flying the flag for Hong Kong racing. It is only when our horses can go overseas and be competitive that people will really sit up and take notice. 'It won't happen overnight. Some day we will regularly have runners in Group One races around the world but I would love to see owners and trainers now realising that this is on a par with qualifying for the World Cup soccer finals or going to the Olympics. 'It is a huge sporting achievement to have a runner in, say, the Breeders' Cup or the Yasuda Kinen or the Doncaster Handicap.'