Jockey Club chairman Alan Li Fook-sum's son Dominic was yesterday confirmed as the Club's new international racing manager. He will take up his post on January 1 as the replacement for Simon Cooper, who is returning home to Britain after more than seven years in the job. 'I am very excited. I feel I was made for the job and the job was made for me,' Li said at yesterday's Sha Tin breeze-up ahead of Friday's Piaget International Sale. 'The International races and sale have come a long way in a short time and I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking them even further. There is a lot of work still to be done.' The official announcement ended the worst-kept secret in Hong Kong racing, with rumours of Li's imminent appointment having been in circulation for weeks, but the family connection will still raise some eyebrows. The Club had embarked on a 'worldwide search' for Cooper's successor and shortlisted six candidates before plumping for Li, who added: 'I applied for the job like everyone else and went through the selection process.' Li, 39, is best known as the bloodstock agent who brokered a reputed $7.8 million deal to secure Daliapour for property tycoon Robert Ng Chee-siong before last year's Hong Kong Vase. The purchase looked a shrewd piece of business within a week when the son of Sadler's Wells won the race, which was then worth $10 million. Li's company, Rigby Bloodstock, has brought a number of other useful performers to Hong Kong, including All The Glory, Dancing Spirit, Flirting Dancer, Mastermind, Noble Dancer and Sea Of Jasper, as well as Illico and Pasha for his father. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Club's director of racing, said: 'We had some very strong candidates, but we believe we have found the right man for the job. Dominic is very well known here and overseas through his bloodstock business and he has a very good knowledge of international racing.' Engelbrecht-Bresges added that the Club planned to increase the scope of its international department in conjunction with the handicapping team lead by Ciaran Kennelly. 'As before, Dominic's main role will be to co-ordinate the International races and sales, but we also want to have a closer relationship between the handicapping and international departments,' he said. 'For instance, more and more of our members are requesting our help for buying horses overseas and checking on the ratings of horses they are interested in buying. We are going to expand to provide a type of consultancy service for owners and Dominic's knowledge will be a big help.' More than 200 owners and trainers attended yesterday's breeze-up, which saw the 38 lots catalogued for Friday's sale gallop in pairs on the Sha Tin grass course. Champion trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee and current leader David Hayes were among the interested observers, along with Eddie Lo, whose Green Century was the $3.8 million top lot at last year's auction and has won the $1 million bonus for accumulating the most prize-money in the 12 months between sales. Meanwhile, the four French-trained challengers for Sunday's International meeting flew out of Paris yesterday following the lifting of the French air traffic controllers' strike. The industrial action had threatened the Club's travel plans for Jim And Tonic, Terre A Terre and Choc Ice - who all run in the Hong Kong Cup - and Hong Kong Vase contender Foundation Spirit.