Sean Woods yesterday described the challenge of training in Hong Kong as 'the opportunity of a lifetime' as he began the task of disbanding his 70-horse string in England in preparation to start the 2002-03 season at his new Sha Tin base. Woods, 36, who was announced as the new expatriate trainer on Friday, said: 'It's a decision for the rest of my life. I've stopped my life completely in England. I'm on an upward curve and I'm financially secure, so to give up what I've got here, and uproot my family, is the hardest decision I've had to make. It's one I've decided to go with positively because I feel the set-up in Hong Kong will allow me to train better horses at a higher level. It's the opportunity of a lifetime.' Hong Kong owners are responsible for about 40 per cent of Woods' string in Newmarket and the trainer said he hoped to bring a number of his horses with him. 'I would love to transfer some of them, especially with the two-year-olds, because we have invested time and money in them and if they're good enough for England they would certainly be good enough for Hong Kong too. But it will depend on whether the owners have permits for next season and whether they want to transfer them.' Those Hong Kong-based owners include Peter Chu, who raced Woods' sole Group One winner Mistle Cat, and the trainer said their support had played a crucial part in his success. 'They have been wonderful to me and the success I have had on their behalf has, I suspect, stood me in good stead in getting a licence. And they have been very loyal, too, because it can be very tempting to accept offers for good horses from the big operations like Godolphin and Coolmore, but my Hong Kong owners have been the only ones who have supported me with total disregard to whether they could make money by selling a horse. I wouldn't be where I am without their support.' Woods, the younger brother of long-serving jockey Wendyll Woods, said he hoped to be based in Hong Hong by June, along with wife Lucie, the daughter of former trainer Tony Hide, and their 2.5-year-old son Guy. Before then, Woods said he would prepare for the switch in training environments he would encounter. 'Training at the track will be a different experience for me and perhaps one of the biggest changes I will face, so I'm planning to go to the United States and work with a couple of top trainers there to familiarise myself with how it's done,' he said. 'Of course, I know what to expect because I've been to Hong Kong every year for the past decade to visit Wendyll and my owners there, and I go to trackwork at Sha Tin every morning when I'm there. The facilities there are first-class and one of the attractions for me is that the Jockey Club supplies everything you need, so that you can concentrate on your horses and train them to your maximum ability.' Woods added: 'The other thing that impresses me is how forward-looking the Jockey Club has been. From what I've seen, Hong Kong has had a massive turnaround in the past 10 years and it is very much a place on the up - along with Dubai and other parts of Asia. I'm very excited to be part of that.'