Japan's government yesterday gave the green light for Hong Kong horses to travel to Tokyo for the Yasuda Kinen on June 3. However, that positive news was dampened by revelations of an injury to Champions Gallery, who has an inflamed right front tendon and will not only miss next week's Singapore Airlines International Cup, but the balance of the season as well. After a week of review at ministerial level in Tokyo, the Japan Racing Association was able to erase the lingering doubt about the participation of Hong Kong horses. Trainers John Moore (Able One and Joyful Winner), Caspar Fownes (The Duke) and Andreas Schutz (Good Ba Ba) all confirmed their charges would travel - the strongest-ever raiding party on an overseas Group One. 'Everyone is delighted this conclusion has been reached because one of Japan's most prestigious races is once again open to some of Hong Kong's best milers,' said Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. The Yasuda Kinen is the fourth leg of the Asian Mile Challenge (AMC) and Able One, winner of the Champions Mile on April 29, will snare a US$1 million bonus if successful. The global search for a new rider for Able One ended yesterday when Australian jockey Noel Callow, a runaway premiership leader in Singapore, said he would accept an offer from Moore to partner the Champions Mile hero in Tokyo. Moore had found it impossible to secure any of his usual choices for visiting riders - Michael Kinane, Christophe Soumillon, Darren Beadman or Damien Oliver - because the Yasuda Kinen coincides with Group One race days in Australia and Europe, as well as domestically. 'Noel Callow is a proper Group One rider and has ridden successfully for my brother Gary in Macau,' Moore said. 'He's won many Group Ones in Australia and he's a mile in front in the premiership in Singapore, at a strike rate of better than 25 per cent. Able One's owner, Cornel Li [Fook-kwan], has agreed to offer Noel the ride, but we haven't been able to contact him yet.' However, a surprised Callow last night told the South China Morning Post he was 'honoured' to be asked to partner the horse, and would definitely be accepting the offer. Eric Saint-Martin will be the new rider for Good Ba Ba in the Yasuda Kinen, and had his first experience with the gelding in trackwork yesterday. 'Eric has ridden for me in Europe and I'm very happy to have secured his services,' said Schutz. 'He's a genuine big-race rider.' On Champions Gallery, Schutz said the Derby placegetter hurt himself when walking out of the swimming pool on Thursday. Scans revealed a swollen tendon, but the swelling did not subside after being treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. Flying the flag for the SAR 1 Hong Kong-trained horses have won the Yasuda Kinen twice - Fairy King Prawn (2000) and Bullish Luck (2006) 2 Four horses will be Hong Kong's strongest-ever representation in an overseas Group One race 3 Able One is eligible for a US$1 million bonus if he wins the Yasuda Kinen, and would become Hong Kong's third successive winner of the Asian Mile Challenge, following Bullish Luck (2005, 2006).