Newly anointed chief steward Kim Kelly said yesterday his appointment as the head of integrity 'is the greatest honour and privilege imaginable in my field'. Kelly will take over when current chief Jamie Stier's contract runs out at the end of this month, and the Jockey Club also announced as expected Sydney-based Steve Railton will join the panel as a new member next season. 'The Hong Kong Jockey Club is recognised as the pre-eminent racing club in the world and if I was coming from outside it would be quite daunting, I guess, but I've been here for some time and I know and what to expect,' said Kelly, who added the constant spotlight on the chief steward here made it unlike any other racing jurisdiction. 'That's a good thing. It keeps everyone on their toes. I know there will be times that the media or others will be critical and we may have to agree to disagree. All I ask is that people try to have a perspective with their criticisms. But having a more open situation, where there is transparency and discussion, is better than hiding the stewards behind closed doors and never trying to communicate on how decisions are reached, which is what they do in some places.' Kelly paid tribute to Stier as 'one of the four great stewards I have worked with', alongside Ray Murrihy, John Schreck and Railton. 'I think Jamie has done himself and the club proud in his years here - he has been a really outstanding steward.' Meanwhile, this season's top two apprentice jockeys, Matthew Chadwick and Derek Leung Ka-chun, have been invited to represent Hong Kong in Melbourne on August 8 in the inaugural Asian Young Guns Challenge. The three-race series will pit the leading junior riders from Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong against each other at Flemington racecourse in a similar format to the International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley.