11/22/2008 12:00AM

Rahy's Attorney the lone outsider


Rahy's Attorney will carry the hopes of Canada in Kyoto on Sunday when he will be the only foreign starter in Japan's Grade 1, $2 million Mile Championship.

Winner of the Woodbine Mile, Rahy's Attorney has drawn post 10 in a field of 10 in the one-turn, right-handed Mile Championship, which has a three-furlong run to the first turn with a 12-foot hill to climb at the three-quarters pole followed by a steep descent on the turn for home.

Regular rider Slade Callaghan was unconcerned about the relatively wide post drawn by Rahy's Attorney.

"There's a long straight before the first turn here," he said, "which makes it nice and easy to ride."

A gelded 4-year-old son of Crown Attorney, Rahy's Attorney was disadvantaged by a wide draw of post 12 when he was only sixth in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 4. A one-length winner of the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 7 - beating Breeders' Cup winners Ventura and Kip Deville - Rahy's Attorney should be able to find his usual spot just behind the early leaders. Whether he can cope with the furious pace at which Japanese races are finished is another question.

"He's happy and relaxed," said trainer Ian Black after he watched his charge canter around the Kyoto dirt track on Friday morning. "He looks much the same as when he's in Canada. He weighs more now than he did in quarantine, and he's back in form."

The winner of the Grade 2 Yomiuri Milers Cup at Hanshin in April, Company ran the race of his life three weeks ago when he was just a neck fourth in the 1 1/4-mile Autumn Tenno Sho behind three absolutely first-rate horses in Vodka, Daiwa Scarlet, and Deep Sky. The expected favorite, Super Hornet, beat Vodka by a head on Oct. 12 in landing the 1 1/8-mile Grade 2 Mainichi Okan. He also took the seven-furlong Grade 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup in April, but in between those two races he was beaten into eighth place by Vodka in the one-mile Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen.

The front-running Meiner Reiner is coming off a win in the seven-furlong Grade 2 Swan Stakes, while Kiss to Heaven, the 2006 Japanese 1000 Guineas winner who was fourth in the 2007 CashCall Mile, won a Grade 3 mile two back at Nakayama.

Good Ba Ba out for repeat

Hong Kong's horse of the year, Good Ba Ba, goes in search of a second consecutive victory in the Group 2, $387,000 International Mile Trial at Sha Tin on Sunday in what trainer Andreas Schutz hopes will be a prelude to a second straight score in the Hong Kong Mile on Dec. 14, when he will be meeting the 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner and 2008 BC Mile runner-up, Kip Deville.

A gelded 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Lear Fan, Good Ba Ba disappointed in his seasonal debut on Oct. 26 when he was just sixth behind Viva Pataca in a one-mile handicap in which he finished 2 3/4 lengths behind runner-up Egyptian Ra, who he will face again on Sunday. Good Ba Ba, however, was spotting Egyptian Ra 13 pounds that day. On Sunday he will be giving away just five.

* In the $387,000 International Sprint Trial at six furlongs, the razor-sharp pair of Green Birdie and Lucky Quality are stepping up from the handicap ranks but either could be good enough to claim this Grade 2 prep for the Hong Kong Sprint.