One of the world's most prominent owner-breeders, the Aga Khan is set to have his first Hong Kong International Races runner with the addition of his filly Shamdala in the Hong Kong Vase field yesterday. 'We have always said that we are getting close to our goal when our international meeting is on the agenda of the world's great owners and breeders and the Aga Khan is one of the great names in international top class racing,' said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Jockey Club's executive director of racing. The Aga Khan's famous red and green colours have been carried to victory in countless classic races throughout Europe, on horses like the great Shergar and worn by the likes of Tony Cruz, Gerald Mosse and currently Christophe Soumillon. But the only Aga Khan horse to have come to Hong Kong for the international meeting was the stayer Daliapour, who was purchased by property tycoon Robert Ng Chee Siong in the week leading up to the 2000 Vase and subsequently carried his colours to victory. Taking up the vacant 14th place in the Vase field, the three-year-old filly Shamdala is coming off a year that saw her win four of her only seven starts under trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, scoring from 2,400m to 3,000m and winning at Group level. At her last run, the filly finished third to Alcazar and fellow Vase entry Reefscape in the Group One Prix Royal Oak, 3,150m, at Longchamp on October 23. International racing manager, Mark Player, said the club was unlikely to fill the void left in the Hong Kong Cup and announced the withdrawal of local horses Bowman's Crossing and Oriental Magic from the Vase.