The South African Jockeys' Academy, the original training ground for many of Hong Kong's leading expatriate riders at the present time, has agreed to take local trainee Michael Law Chi-kwan for additional riding education during the summer months. The Hong Kong Jockey Club yesterday announced the summer engagements for all the apprentice jockeys and trainees and the participation of the famous South African academy was the most significant change to the pattern of recent years. Jockey Club steward Martin Knibbs, who plays a major role in the tutelage of Hong Kong's young riders, said Law's visit to South Africa was the end result of an approach from the academy earlier in the season. 'The South African Jockeys' Academy wrote to us, seeking a working relationship with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and we're very pleased to have been able to make a start this way,' Knibbs said. 'Obviously the academy has played a major role in producing some of the best jockeys in the world, so it will be a great opportunity for young Michael to go there and learn. Michael is not at the race riding stage yet but he's coming along nicely under the guidance of [expatriate work rider and part-time riding instructor] Michael de Beer and this trip is a great opportunity for him.' Leading apprentice jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing will go to Germany and work for trainer Mario Hofer from July 4 to August 17. Hofer, a former successful jockey and now a top German trainer with a mixed jump and flat string of 120 horses, has previously hosted Paul Lo Pak-hin. On this occasion, Lo has been fortunate enough to be invited to David Hayes's magnificent training centre Lindsay Park in South Australia. Lo, who has ridden winners for Hayes in Hong Kong, will leave on July 10 and return to Hong Kong on August 16. Apprentice jockey Terry Wong Chi-wai, who is attached to the John Moore yard, will work for prominent Tasmania trainer Leon Wells in Devonport. Wong had a previous stint with the Wells stable at the end of the 2003-04 season. Emerging apprentice Franky Tsui Kwan-wai and Ernest Chan Kwok-hung will work for trainer Rodney Robb in Nyngan, New South Wales. Tsui and Chan will go on tour with Robb's team of horses through various winter carnivals in Australia's outback. Robb has worked with the Jockey Club for a number of years and has hosted Tsui and Jacky Tong Chi-kit during previous summer stints. 'Rodney is taking a team of 14 horses around the various racing carnivals in the outback and will be supporting the boys with a lot of rides, so it's a great opportunity for them to see things they've never seen before and to be with a trainer who will support them,' Knibbs said. Tsui has been the big improver in the apprentice ranks late in the season with five winners, something confidently forecast by Robb when the lad returned to Hong Kong last August. Tong, who began his apprenticeship working with the now-retired Ivan Allan and is now with Caspar Fownes, will stay in Hong Kong this summer. Knibbs said he would resume trackwork riding in mid-July.