The European 'ownership' of the Hong Kong Vase shows no sign of abating next month, with Melbourne Cup winner Americain leading an outstanding band of nine Group One visitors. Hong Kong will field only three representatives, with Viva Pataca, Mr Medici and King Dancer taking on a very solid battery of foreign invaders headed in the ratings by Americain, who will be seeking to give trainer Alain De Royer Dupre back-to-back victories after Daryakana's stunning win last year. Since De Royer Dupre took him over, Americain has won his past five starts in France and Australia, with his very comfortable Melbourne Cup win last start a crowning glory, and the brilliant French trainer will now have the task of bringing the superior stayer back to 2,400m at Sha Tin. Michael Stoute is a previous Vase winner with Daliapour and just missed with Spanish Moon in 2009 and his durable five-year-old mare Crystal Capella flies the stable flag this year. She is a winner of seven of her 11 starts and will be coming off a win in the Group Two Pride Stakes at Newmarket last month. The 2009 St Leger winner Mastery is trained for Godolphin by Saeed bin Suroor, and is one horse which has targeted this race after missing most of the major racing in Europe mid-year, presumably through injury. His latest effort brought a dead-heat win in a minor event but it was ideal as a prep race to shake out the cobwebs after only one run from a break. Godolphin has yet to be successful in the Vase, with Ekraar's photo finish second in 2001 the best result for the Dubai-based monolith. Only Japan's Jaguar Mail brings a different background to the Vase, running in it for the third year in succession and he has been a very close-up third and fourth in those two previous attempts behind Doctor Dino and Daryakana. The Canadian International has provided past winners of the Vase in Collier Hill three years ago and Doctor Dino came through that race before his first Vase win. This year, the race at Woodbine was maligned as a sub-par renewal, but the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner Joshua Tree and the unlucky third placegetter, Redwood, will be out to prove that view flawed at Sha Tin. German trainer Andreas Wohler has not won a December international in the past, but did win a QE II Cup at Sha Tin with Silvano as well as finishing second in the 2007 Vase with Quijano, so he is well known to Hong Kong racing and brings an interesting young stayer this year. Scalo, the winner of four of his six starts, is a last-start Group One winner in Cologne and does look to have some upside to his form still. Breeders' Cup form hasn't always worked out at Sha Tin but the only North American representative at the meeting is Winchester in the Vase, a last-start fourth placegetter in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Late yesterday, the Ed Dunlop-trained Snow Fairy, which held an entry for both the Cup and Vase, was firmed up for the Cup, allowing the James Given-trained Group Two winner, Indian Days (rating 115), to join the Vase field.