South Africa's leading trainer, David Ferraris, is 'champing at the bit' to train in Hong Kong next season. Ferraris, spoken of as the main rival to John Size for a licence in 2001, is understood to be the frontrunner again this time and will know for certain after this morning's Licensing Committee meeting. 'I did apply two years ago and believed I could have had the job, but I was not in a position to accept it at the time. I didn't think I'd get a second chance, but I am ready this time if they ask me,' said Ferraris, a major force in South African Group One racing, winner of four of the past eight trainers' championships and again in command of that title this term. Ferraris turned down an offer to train in Dubai this season on the basis of financial viability, but has no such qualms about moving to Sha Tin. 'Yes, I knocked back Dubai, but Hong Kong is another matter - it is number one and anywhere else is only second best,' he said. The Licensing Committee will also announce the assistant trainer to be promoted to train in his own right in 2003-04. Shane Dye's appeal against a careless riding suspension will also be heard today.