SOUTH African riding star Felix Coetzee will miss the first month of the season. Coetzee, stable jockey to Brian Kan Ping-chee, broke his leg while riding back at home during the local recess. But trainer Kan is fully behind him and is likely to use local rider Jimmy Ting rather than Eric Saint-Martin who filled in for Coetzee last time and is back in town until Christmas. Kan said yesterday: ''It is really bad luck for Felix as he rode brilliantly when he returned from South Africa last season. ''I understand he has just started to exercise his leg again and should be arriving in a few weeks. ''We expect that he will be fully fit to ride again early in October.'' But Kan went on to underline that Coetzee will not be losing any rides to outside jockeys. He stressed: ''I always look after my own people. ''I will be thinking over which jockeys to use but at this moment it looks like Jimmy Ting will be on most of them. ''Felix doesn't have anything to worry about.'' The Kan stable has been boosted by the arrival of 13 new horses. Despite Kan's welcome assurances, the injury is clearly a major blow to Coetzee as he has yet to have a trouble-free stint in Hong Kong, having missed significant portions of both the previous two seasons, first due to injury and then due to personal problems. Last season Coetzee rode 24 winners and finished sixth in the standings despite missing over two months. Meanwhile, it is all systems go for Coetzee's countryman, triple champion jockey Basil Marcus - despite a recent knee operation. Marcus last week underwent keyhole surgery to clear up some cartilage trouble but is fully fit after a couple of days recuperation in Singapore and will be back in action at trackwork on Tuesday morning. ''I can't wait to get started,'' Marcus said. ''There is always a challenge to be met in Hong Kong but then I've always relished a challenge.'' The ultra-popular Frenchman Gerald Mosse is set to resume his Hong Kong career towards the end of October. He will be retained by Lawrie Fownes who said yesterday that Mosse will be out to sign the contract in the middle of October before riding at the final meeting of that month. Saint-Martin's return for the first half of the year follows his highly successful sojourn at the backend of last season. He is part of an array of overseas riding talent which the Royal Hong Kong Jockey has assembled. Rising English star, Darryll Holland, and Australian Peter Hutchison are here for the first three months. Director of Racing, Philip Johnston said: ''We feel we have attracted a very talented group of jockeys who should be well suited to Hong Kong.''