Kieren Fallon met up with many of his International Jockeys Championship rivals on the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui's gallery of stars yesterday and declared his love for Hong Kong in general and the Happy Valley course in particular. Fallon, 39, will represent Britain tomorrow night and said he can't wait to get back to Happy Valley. 'It's one of my favourite courses in all the world,' Fallon said. 'I have ridden so many winners there, and have many happy memories of the place.' Fallon has a couple of decent chances with Flying Kenny for trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah and Fortune Life for Peter Ng Bik-kuen, though his hopes of landing this year's title may end there because he looks to be just making up the numbers in the third leg on seven-year-old Optic Chief, trained by David Hill. When asked to expand on why he enjoys Happy Valley so much, Fallon said it was all about being positive, and conveying that confidence to his mounts. 'I think the reason I've ridden so many winners there is just being positive,' he said. 'I've won a lot of races there by being aggressive and getting going on them early, but having them well balanced is also very important. 'I've ridden winners all over the world but to me nothing beats the atmosphere at Happy Valley. Racing under the lights, with the apartment buildings towering all around it, Happy Valley generates an excitement that no other track can touch.' Christophe Soumillon arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, having competed in a jockeys' challenge in Mauritius last weekend. 'Of course, it's good to be back in Hong Kong,' said Soumillon, who has been engaged as a retained jockey to trainer John Moore. 'I am quite pleased with my rides. I'm told that Goodwood [race four] is quite nicely placed, having dropped down from Class Three to Class Four and Mystic Force [race six] has been in very good form for the Tony Cruz stable. 'Mystic Force has drawn a bit awkwardly [barrier nine], but I see he likes to race forward so I can afford to be positive with him earl.' Y Soumillon, 24, was raised in Belgium, but rode his first winner in France at 17. He blossomed into France's champion apprentice at 19 and, last year, became France's champion jockey for the first time. A tall but beautifully balanced rider, Soumillon has ridden in Hong Kong in each of the past two winters. In France, he is the retained jockey to the Aga Khan, a position previously held by Hong Kong identities Tony Cruz and Gerald Mosse. German ace Andreas Suborics (who is actually of Austrian nationality) and Italy's champion jockey Mirco Demuro joined Fallon, Soumillon and local heroes Douglas Whyte, Shane Dye and Eddy Lai Wai-ming for yesterday's photo shoot. Demuro set a new record in Japan in 2000, riding 35 winners - the most races ever won by an overseas jockey on a short-term licence. Suborics, who claimed another title as Germany's leading rider this year, has previous Hong Kong stints to his credit, as well as finishing second in the International Jockeys Challenge two years ago. The star recruit of this year's series, the Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Stewart Elliot, was expected to arrive in Hong Kong last night.