The Hong Kong Mile picture will be a lot clearer after a number of key races around the Asia-Pacific region this weekend. The Jockey Club will announce the selected runners for the International Races next Wednesday, and contenders for the $14 million Mile have their last chance to secure - or justify - selection. While Bowman's Crossing, Precision and others engaged in the Group Two International Mile Trial at Sha Tin will battle to be among the local contingent, form students will be paying as much attention to the Group One Mile Championship at Kyoto, Japan. The Mile Championship, one of the two major 1,600-metre races in Japan, has been the source race for the strong Japanese challenge of the past two years. 2001 HK Mile winner Eishin Preston and Tokai Point, third last year, both came to Sha Tin after winning in Kyoto. This year, Hong Kong Mile entrants Admire Max, Eishin Champ, Magnaten, Sunningdale and Royal Cancer are all at Kyoto. The performance of Admire Max, in finishing a close third in the Group One Sprinters Stakes over an unsuitable 1,200 metres last time, is sure to offer a lead to the Hong Kong Mile but any of the five would become a serious contender with a strong effort on Sunday. Australian galloper Natural Blitz's selection hopes will rest on his performance in the Rawdon Handicap over 1,400 metres at Caulfield. Owned by the same interests as smart galloper Super Blitz, Natural Blitz has had no luck recently and will need to run well in the Rawdon, where he takes a sharp class drop but will carry 135 pounds. In Singapore, boom horse Ninetyfive Emperor will try to resurrect his Hong Kong Mile claims tonight at Kranji under 132 pounds after a shock recent defeat ended a 10-win streak. Trainer Charles Leck will want Ninetyfive Emperor to reclaim his mantle tonight and ensure the Jockey Club selection panel are not deterred by his last-start defeat when short of fitness and forced to race in the worst ground.