The $14 million Hong Kong Mile suffered a blow yesterday with the announcement that Australia's super horse, Lonhro would not take his place at Sha Tin in December. Beaten just once in his past 11 starts in top grade weight-for-age company Down Under, Lonhro scored the 22nd win of his 29-race career last Saturday at Caulfield. While Lonhro had been entered for the International meeting in 2002 and did not come, there had been more positive indications for the charismatic stallion's participation this year. The five-year-old was due to have his inoculation shots this week in order to make the trip, but trainer John Hawkes ended further speculation yesterday, saying: 'I felt that in the best interests of the horse he should stay home.' W. S. Cox Plate rival Clangalang has already had his shots and is a certain visitor for the Hong Kong Vase unless he happens to win at Moonee Valley on October 25. Trainer Gerald Ryan has said Clangalang will chase the Japan Racing Association's US$ 1 million bonus for any winner of the Cox Plate-Japan Cup double if he wins the first leg. The Jockey Club is likely to hear jockey Robbie Fradd's appeal against the severity of last weekend's careless riding suspension early next week, possibly as soon as Monday. Fradd was handed a five-day ban over interference in the eighth race, which he won on Perfetto.