Club's lobbying effort means all expenses will be paid The Yasuda Kinen is back on the agenda for Joyful Winner as a result of a ratings review by the men charged with the responsibility for producing the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. Officials at the Hong Kong Jockey Club had been working feverishly to ensure Joyful Winner, and also the John Size-trained Danacourt, were recognised for their placings in last Sunday's Champions Mile and rewarded with invitations to Japan's premier metric mile race on June 4. On Wednesday night at Happy Valley, Size revealed that Danacourt had been rejected by the Japan Racing Association as a potential invitee for the Yasuda Kinen, and John Moore said Joyful Winner's invitation had been a B-class one, with limited costs being met by the host. On that basis, Moore said, Group One winner and Champions Mile third placegetter Joyful Winner would not be going. But at 3pm yesterday, Mark Player, the Jockey Club's manager of international racing, said the JRA had reviewed the situation for Joyful Winner and issued an A-class, all-expenses-paid invitation to Tokyo after learning of the ratings upgrade. 'So, at the moment, we have confirmed invitations for Bullish Luck and Joyful Winner to the Yasuda Kinen,' Player (pictured) said. 'And we are very hopeful of getting one for Danacourt as well.' Player said one of the difficulties for outsiders lay in understanding the local politics in Japan, which have a direct impact on feature race selection processes. 'I am trying to get my head around the internal problems in Japan,' he said, 'It seems the JRA has made certain commitments to its owners and breeders about the way in which it will open these races to international participants. 'Basically, the Japanese owners and breeders have tried to achieve agreements with the JRA to ensure they maintain widespread domestic representation in these big races, but the problem seems to lie in how they establish a cut-off point at which invitations are issued or not issued.' Hong Kong's senior handicapper Ciaran Kennelly is co-chairman of the World Thoroughbred Rankings and as been in consultation with his fellow handicappers through much of this week, seeking an upward review of the international assessments of Hong Kong's top milers now that their domestic season is effectively over. Kennelly succeeded in convincing the panel that Bullish Luck is now back to his best and deserved to have his international rating of 118 restored - it had been dropped to 117 after being winless since his 2005 Champions Mile win. Danacourt and Joyful Winner have both been pegged at 115, which by happy coincidence is the benchmark figure the JRA has set for horses to be invited to compete in the US$1.8 million mile feature. The Jockey Club yesterday withdrew Nicholas Ryan's licence as a club jockey. The Australian has been sidelined since sustaining a fracture in his right foot when Horace's Horse reared over in its stall at the Happy Valley meeting on March 15. The club has been given a medical certificate that Ryan is clear to resume riding on May 31, but Ryan had advised the club that his weight has soared during his enforced lay-off. The Melbourne rider is understood to have been working in Singapore, with a personal trainer, in a bid to lose the weight but he is presently tipping the scales at 61kg.