The 'rides' of top South African jockey Felix Coetzee could hold the key to tomorrow night's Hong Kong International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley - but not necessarily the ones he is going to be on. Coetzee, Douglas Whyte and Eddie Lai will carry the flag for the hometown riders in the three-race chase for $200,000 and the championship trophy and the series still looked open after yesterday's draw for mounts in the third, fourth and sixth races. 'I don't know who the hardest jockey to beat will be, but I can tell you that Frankie Dettori, Olivier Peslier and Gary Stevens will have a flying start on three of the runners I would normally have been riding,' Coetzee said with a good-humoured laugh. 'I think it's nice to be riding in the championship for Hong Kong, it's a real privilege, but, gee, don't they know how to pick the races?' In fact, the three rides Coetzee highlighted - Noble Boy, Successful Spirit and Indubitably Bliss respectively - would have formed the foundation of a promising night for Coetzee in other circumstances, but with those races chosen for the Jockeys' Championship events, the mild-mannered South African will be hoping he can beat them. 'Those two from Tony Cruz's stable, Successful Spirit and Indubitably Bliss, look cracking good chances,' Coetzee said. 'And Noble Boy is in great form after his easy win on Saturday. On the horses that I've drawn, well, We Know When probably would be best if the rain keeps up as he likes the soft ground. Honest Dragon ran well last time, so he might have a show, and Ever Glory has ability on his day. I suppose I'm only hopeful but I'm certainly happy just to be a part of it.' A winning mount gets a jockey 12 points, a second placing six points and lesser awards for minor prize-money earners, with the winner declared after tallying points for the three events. Peslier and Dettori are past winners and Germany's Andrasch Starke is back to defend the title he won in 2000, bobbing up to win two of the races on Po On Power at 17-1 and Millennium Supreme at 6.6-1. Successful Spirit returns to the scene of his triumph tomorrow night, running in exactly the same race he won last year for Australian Brett Prebble to give him a show in the championship before Starke snatched the prize from him in the final race. Successful Spirit is off a rating three points higher this year, but has given all the signals lately that he is on the verge of a win and might once again be a key factor in the night's proceedings. Douglas Whyte has nominated Dettori and Stevens as the hardest riders to beat following the draw. 'They both have some good rides,' Whyte said. 'Noble Boy is a great start for Frankie - I think we were all hoping to draw that one. I've had some good luck with my barrier draws but not necessarily with my horses. 'Northern Flyer is in form and I'm sure he'll run well, probably the best of my three. Hail Winner has a nice gate and he would be a chance if he produced his best form. As for Rising Index, well, Tony Cruz told me he is a nice ride but maybe not the fastest one in that race. 'I'll need luck but we'll do our best and see what happens. With so many top riders, a little bit of luck goes a long way in this type of series.' Lai, who has represented Hong Kong in all three previous championships, said he was hopeful of a good showing in tomorrow night's contest. 'It's very good to have something like this and I am very happy to be representing Hong Kong again,' he said. 'This year my mounts look stronger and I think I can have a better finish. I don't know how Pearl And Gold will handle Happy Valley because he hasn't raced there before but he has been racing well at Sha Tin. Honest Steed looks to be suited by the 1,800 metres of his race so he can run well. And Red Diamond has already won several races over 1,650 metres, so he is perfectly suited and probably my best chance to get a win in the series. 'As far as the other riders go, there are so many good jockeys but the series has been won in the past by Peslier, Dettori and Starke and I have great respect for all of them as being hard to beat.'