Champions Mile runner-up Danacourt will become the latest Hong Kong galloper to try his luck in the international arena following discussions at Sha Tin yesterday between trainer John Size and officials from the Japan Racing Association. The JRA officers, in company with the Jockey Club's executive director of racing Winfried Englebrecht-Bresges, had a long discussion about Danacourt, the rising star in the ranks of Hong Kong milers. 'I'd spoken at length with the owner Mr Chow [Kay-yui] on Monday night and my recommendation is that if he gets an invitation to the Yasuda Kinen, he should go,' Size said. 'This morning, we spoke with the JRA officers about some of the issues and while the bottom line will rest with Mr Chow, it looks like he'll be going.' Size said he was full of admiration for the way Danacourt performed in Sunday's Champions Mile when second to Bullish Luck, having only returned from a break one week earlier in the Hong Kong Macau Trophy. He ran second in that race, conceding weight and race fitness to Happee Owner who was a Group One winner in New Zealand as a three-year-old. Then, just seven days later, he stepped to 1,600 metres for the first time and took on the cream of Hong Kong's milers, as well as three horses with international Group One credentials in Vanderlin, Seihali and Niconero. 'His performance showed how much he's grown up in the past six months,' Size continued. 'From barrier 12, we really had no choice but go forward and that meant racing outside Silent Witness. 'He was going a mile for the first time so being ridden forward like that, he could easily have been excused for pulling hard, but he relaxed beautifully for Douglas [Whyte]. When Silent Witness stopped at the 400 metres, he's been left in front and it's taken a horse of the calibre of Bullish Luck - race fit and perfectly ridden - to run him down.' Engelbrecht-Bresges also had a long discussion with Size and said he is fully supportive of the move. 'I think there are many positives for Danacourt going to Japan,' Engelbrecht-Bresges began. 'He will be right at his peak on the day, having had two races back after a five month spell and this will be his third-up run. Fitness wise, that should be perfect. 'He's obviously a very high-class horse to have achieved what he's done and you could not expect him to do more than he did in the Champions Mile, against a very good-class field. The class was there and the time [equal Group One record of 1:33.7] as well. 'But whatever happens with Danacourt in Tokyo, I feel the trip away and the experience in the international arena would help season him and he could be the perfect horse for the Asian Mile Challenge next year. A trip away like that can be the making of a horse.' Trainer Tony Cruz has softened in his conviction that fallen idol Silent Witness should travel once more, telling Engelbrecht-Bresges the world's number one sprinter for the past two years is now doubtful for Tokyo. 'Tony said the horse has required extensive veterinary treatment because he jarred up badly on the firm track,' Engelbrecht-Bresges continued. 'He said in all probability, only Bullish Luck would go and Silent Witness is now more likely to be rested.' Hong Kong had three runners in the Yasuda Kinen last year - Silent Witness (third), Bullish Luck (fourth) and Bowman's Crossing (13th). This year, with the Yasuda Kinen being the fourth leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, the three Champions Mile placegetters - Bullish Luck, Danacourt and Joyful Winner - are going and a fourth horse, The Duke, may also book a passage if he runs up to expectations on May 21.