Connections confirm Hong Kong trip for top staying filly Champion European racemare Ouija Board is a confirmed starter at the International Races in December, though which race she will contest is a question that won't be determined for several weeks. Mark Player, the Jockey Club's manager for international racing, returned from England yesterday afternoon with confirmation from owner Lord Derby and trainer Ed Dunlop that the reigning Hong Kong Vase champion would be back at Sha Tin on December 10 for what will be her swansong appearance. While Ouija Board's programme between now and December remains fluid, the owner and trainer of the great staying filly said all plans end with a racing farewell at Sha Tin, according to Player. 'They told me that where Ouija Board has her next race is ground dependent,' Player said. 'She may run in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket [next weekend] if the track is good, but the weather when I left was ordinary and the forecast for the next five days is pretty dire. 'They may take her to the Breeders' Cup and then to Hong Kong, or alternatively, the Japan Cup and then Hong Kong. 'But all options end the same way, with her farewell race at Sha Tin, but whether it's in the Cup [2,000m] or the Vase [2,400m] will be decided closer to the day.' Ouija Board's last start was a second to Dylan Thomas in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 5, while at her previous start she prevailed by a mere short head over Alexander Goldrun after an epic battle in the Group One Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares over 10 furlongs (2,000m) at Goodwood on August 5. Alexander Goldrun and Ouija Board were entered to run at Longchamp on Arc weekend, but each was withdrawn from their engagement in the Prix de l'Opera. 'Alexander Goldrun is also confirmed for December, she will have her third crack at the Hong Kong Cup,' Player added. Alexander Goldrun won the 2004 Hong Kong Cup in a thriller, nosing out Bullish Luck, but was out of luck last year when jockey Kevin Manning came off second best in a bumping duel with Anthony Delpech on Vengeance Of Rain on the home turn. Player said the club's decision to change the Hong Kong Sprint from a straight 1,000m to 1,200m had been 'extremely well received'. 'The distance change has made the race so much more appealing to the connections of most European sprinters,' Player said. 'The reactions I had from people in England and Ireland over the past few days have been very positive indeed.' Player said he expected all three placegetters from Sunday's Group One Prix de l'Abbaye - France's premier sprint - to have a rematch against Takeover Target and Silent Witness at Sha Tin. Reverence, a son of Mark of Esteem, has come really solid at the back end of the European flat season. At his last three starts he has won Group Ones at York and Haydock Park, and finished only a short neck from winner Desert Lord at Longchamp. On that occasion, Reverence found the straight 1,000m course on quick ground a fraction too sharp but he was finishing best in the final 200m. The Hong Kong Sprint will be the final leg of the Global Sprint Challenge for 2006 and the title of series champion has been safely won by Australia's Takeover Target.