'He was nice and settled, which is obviously important for him' Rakti, the thoroughbred with the Jekyll and Hyde personality, makes his last racecourse appearance at Sha Tin on Sunday in the $14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile and after displaying both personalities in two previous trips, which Rakti turns up remains uncertain. The Michael Jarvis-trained six-year-old has been as frustrating as he has been brilliant in a career that has landed 11 wins, six at the elite level, from 25 starts. It is his third appearance at Sha Tin and if the 2003 version shows up on Sunday we are in for a treat. But if last year's villain is again in town, who knows what to expect? Although beaten in his first Hong Kong outing two years ago, Rakti's performance in running second to the brilliant Falbrav in the Hong Kong Cup was full or merit and a springboard to greater things. He went on to score wins in the Prince Of Wales's and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes before returning to Hong Kong as favourite in the 2004 Cup, only to finish seventh after getting very worked up before the start and then refusing to settle throughout the race. Although beaten into seventh place by Alexander Goldrun, it was testament to the ability of Rakti that after all his antics before and during the race, he was a little over two-lengths from the winner at the finish. Since then Rakti has added the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury to his list of achievements and showed on that occasion what he was capable of, going to the front, breaking his rivals hearts and taking 1.4 seconds off the track record. Significantly, Rakti's path to Hong Kong this year is similar to that of 2003, with the Polish Precendent stallion coming in fresh after a luckless run behind David Junior in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket on October 15. In his horror year, Rakti came via Japan's Kyoto Mile Championship only three weeks earlier, and that was preceded by a long and arduous campaign. Rakti was given slow work on the all-weather track yesterday and will have his final gallop this morning with regular rider Philip Robinson in the saddle. 'Although it was only slow work this morning, I was very happy with the horse and his attitude,' Paul Rutter, the travelling head lad for Jarvis, said. 'He was nice and settled, which is obviously important for him, and a very good sign. He seems to be taking it all in his stride at the moment.' 'He looks better placed running in the Mile this year as the pace of these type of races suit him, where in the longer races the tempo can change, which obviously he doesn't handle quite as well.' The good news continued for the Rakti camp at the barrier draw for the Mile with striking bay coming up with gate three. 'The barrier draw is obviously pretty important for a horse like this,' Rutter said. 'From gate three he can either be right on the speed or take a sit if something wants to run along in the early stages.' It will be Rakti's swansong before he is retired to stand at Huma Park Stud in County Kildare, Ireland, as well as shuttling to Australia's Chatswood Stud in Victoria during the southern hemisphere breeding season. One thing for sure is that Rakti will leave a lasting impression on Sunday. For the sake of his new shareholders, the Hong Kong Breeders Club, let's hope it's for all the right reasons.