Another hit-and-run Frankie Dettori mission to Hong Kong looks likely to pay off today when dual Group One winner Starborough flies the flag for Dubai in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. In what could be arguably the most significant race in Hong Kong professional racing history, Starborough must thwart the home challenge of Derby winner Johan Cruyff and the exceptional stayer, Indigenous. There is real excitement added to the annual renewal by the first meeting of these two local superstars. There will be popular support on the tote for both the Hong Kong horses and British bookmaking firm, Victor Chandler, hold heavy liabilities should either topple Starborough who will start favourite for the 2,000-metre event. A flawless ride by Dettori saw Starborough win the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and he also won the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. Those are top-draw successes and stamp Starborough as one of the highest credentialled visitors to Sha Tin. Should either Johan Cruyff or Indigenous win, it will give Hong Kong's standing in international racing a major boost. But they have plenty to do to turn over the favourite although, as trainer Patrick Biancone pointed out earlier in the week, arch-rival Ivan Allan could hold the key to the race with Privilege. It is impossible to see the veteran win this but can he muster enough speed from his inside alley to make Starborough, drawn much wider, have to work to lead? If Starborough does get a soft lead then the odds are firmly in favour of the rest of the field battling it out for the minor money. Conditions at Sha Tin will suit and there is no doubt that it's an easier course than Chantilly or Ascot. Biancone, who amassed 30 Group wins, two Arcs and a French Derby before coming to Hong Kong, has done everything possible to have Johan Cruyff in peak condition for the race. 'I can say little more than that I am very happy with him. I am sure that he will run well and he is in very good heart himself. But it is not just Starborough, it will hard for him against Indigenous. 'He is an older horse and has now settled very well in Hong Kong and improved a lot. There is probably more improvement - but later - in Johan Cruyff,' said the French trainer. Indigenous is also in superb form as his Gold Cup win duly underlined and it will take Starborough to be at his best - and Johan Cruyff to have come on from that Derby win - to beat him. He is a great fighter and will not give up. What makes his clash with Johan Cruyff so interesting is that the Irish Derby placegetter has that extra, electric change of pace that so decisively won him the Blue Riband last month. It is probably unsatisfactory to attempt to judge horses in different years on their overseas form - particularly as some will really blossom in Hong Kong while others wilt. Indigenous was a top-line handicapper in Ireland whereas Johan Cruyff was a Group Two winner and Classic-placed. It is certainly fair to suggest that Johan Cruyff, given his excellent effort in the Derby, would have been campaigning later that season in Group One had he not been bought for Hong Kong. Oriental Express does seem best suited by 1,800 metres, a point made by Ivan Allan after the Gold Cup. Regular rider Douglas Whyte tends to agree. 'He can get 2,000 metres all right but I believe others can finish it off at that distance slightly better than him. But I am looking forward to riding him again and if there are any weak links in the main hopes, we could be the ones,' said Whyte. Former German stayer Vialli is the hope of New Zealand and he looked better in his work on Friday after initial concerns about how he travelled. The O'Sullivan clan were particularly pleased with Vialli's efforts at home and a big run is expected. On his European form before export, he would have it to do against Starborough. However, his third in the Cox Plate, Australasia's greatest weight-for-age race, stands the closest scrutiny. The other overseas challenger is Ouzo from Malaysia and this time the MRA entrant is not here to simply make up the numbers. Trained by long-time supporter of the International Races, Malcolm Thwaites, Ouzo is the best horse to come out of Malaysia and Singapore in some time. He will be ridden by top jockey Jumaat Saimee who said yesterday: 'He has beaten the best there is in Malaysia and Singapore and the trip and the track are both perfect. 'I know it will be hard for him against some of the other runners but I do think that he will run very well. I am looking forward very much to this race and I would love to see him finish in the first four.' While the odds are with Starborough, a packed Sha Tin crowd has every reason to hope that either Johan Cruyff or Indigenous could keep the winner's cheque at home. It is going to be quite a race.