The Jockey Club will not issue any further training licence for the next racing season even if a third opening becomes available at the finalisation of this term. Executive director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges doused any speculation about a third licence yesterday at a press conference to present newly promoted trainers Me Tsui Yu-sak and Michael Chang Chun-wai. They will fill the two certain vacancies in the 2005-06 season created by the impending return of David Hayes to Australia and Alex Wong Siu-tan's retirement for health reasons. However, Engelbrecht-Bresges said that even if former champion trainer David Hill fell short of the performance criteria for a third time and failed to satisfy the Licensing Committee at a 'show cause' hearing, he would not be replaced. 'Looking at past experience, giving two licences will give Michael and Me the best chance to establish themselves, which is not an easy task,' he said. 'It is much more difficult now for a new trainer than, say, five or six years ago. We are confident that these two outstanding candidates will stand the litmus test of competition, but we do not plan to increase the already high level of that competition by bringing a new expatriate trainer.' However, Engelbrecht-Bresges did explain that another expatriate training licensee would likely be announced in October or November this year. 'It is a more suitable time for a northern hemisphere trainer to wind down an operation, rather than at this time, and we believe for the sake of balance that the next expatriate should be from the northern hemisphere,' he said. 'That trainer will be appointed for the 2006-07 season, so we will not be moving the goal posts midseason on our two new trainers.' Engelbrecht-Bresges was also at pains to explain that the promotion of two local products to the trainers' ranks had not come about as a result of any pressure from the Local Trainers' Association. 'There has been nothing political about these appointments. There was discussion about expatriate trainers but we were impressed with the local talent and believed this to be the right choice,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'Our strategy is to be a centre of racing excellence and our ideal is the best home-grown talents mixed with expatriate trainers from different jurisdictions to get different techniques and styles. 'We have always developed local talent and are very happy with what has been achieved in the training ranks. We regret that the same thing has not occurred with local jockeys but local trainers have done well.'