After Sunday's announcement that South Africa's leading jockey Anthony Delpech will take up a position as club jockey in Hong Kong for the new season, we wondered how long the conspiracy theorists would take to find fault with the appointment. Answer: about five minutes. No sooner had the jockey licensing briefing drawn to a close than executive director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, and chief steward Jamie Stier, were fielding questions about 'balance', or a supposed lack of it, in the riding ranks. The implication is that, somehow, increasing the South African presence on Hong Kong tracks by one (Delpech) heightens the prospect of team riding. What a load of hogwash. Has anyone ever seen Douglas Whyte or Robbie Fradd going out of their way to help each other? Has anyone ever seen Weichong Marwing do anything other than mind his own business? In one memorable finish this season at Happy Valley, Felix Coetzee came down the straight on an outsider holding Glyn Schofield's favourite in a pocket and Schofield sweated bullets before he was able to get clear to win by a nose. The truth is Delpech will get the hardest time of all from his compatriots. A month ago the conspiracy theorists were unhappy about having a block of French riders here, although there was never any problem and natural forces have changed the composition of the riding sheet. Their is, however, good news for the Australian and New Zealand riders. At least for the moment the conspiracy theorists are leaving them alone.