In what is believed to be a world's first, a leading Australian stipendiary steward will join the official panel for the next week's Longines International Jockeys' Championship and Hong Kong International Races.
The chairman of stewards for Racing Victoria, Terry Bailey, will be an active, voting member on Kim Kelly's panel and Racing Victoria will reciprocate in November 2015 when Kelly will fill a similar role for the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day meetings.
"It's something I had been thinking about for some time, having an interchange of stewards at some stage, but convenience has brought it up now," said Kelly, the chief stipendiary steward.
"Terry Bailey is on the committee for the harmonisation of rules, which is scheduled to meet here on the Friday before the international meeting, so he will be in town anyway.
"And, when [steward] Philip Dingwall resigned, I thought this opened up the right opportunity," he said.
Kelly said it was not unusual for stewards from overseas to attend the stewards' room during meetings in Hong Kong, but they do not normally have an active capacity in any objections or other actions undertaken by the panel.
"We frequently have younger stewards and cadets in the room, studying our methods and processes. We've just had a cadet from the British Horseracing Authority with us for two weeks and there are often young stewards from the Japan Racing Association here, but those visits are more along the lines of being part of their training," Kelly said.
"I don't think anything of this level has happened before, an exchange of chief stewards. There are a lot of similarities between how stewards work in Australia and Hong Kong, but we can all learn something from each other and this can only strengthen the good ties we already have with Racing Victoria."
Executive director of racing, Bill Nader, said the move also lent itself to the globalisation of racing's judicial side.
"This is a unique opportunity to welcome knowledge and experience, whilst also opening a new avenue to highlight the harmonisation efforts of the Asian Racing Federation," he said.