In the richest of the four features, the HK$25 million Longines Hong Kong Cup, rising nine-year-old Cirrus des Aigles returns for his sixth trip to Sha Tin after another stellar season.

Corine Barande-Barbe’s popular horse takes on the last two local Horse of the Year winners Designs On Rome and Military Attack, and the emerging star that upstaged them last start, Blazing Speed.

California Memory will be attempting to win the race for a third time and faces a field that includes two more Japanese runners, Archimedes and Meiner Lacrima.

Farraaj and Criterion come out of the Mackinnon Stakes in Melbourne earlier this month where they were third and fifth respectively.