6.40 Longines Hong Kong Sprint 6f

Sole Power headlines a trio of Irish raiders at the Hong Kong International races at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The seven-year-old gelding will attempt to crown a fine year for both himself and trainer Eddie Lynam, who has excelled with his sprinters in particular, picking up four of the five Group Ones staged in Britain with Sole Power and stablemate Slade Power.

Sole Power has not run since finding things going against him in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp, where he was a close-up eighth.

The breaks certainly came in the Nunthorpe at York in August, where he was delivered to perfection by Richard Hughes for a daring half-length verdict over Stepper Point.

Sandwiched between York and Longchamp was his fourth in the six-furlong Sprint Cup at Haydock, a trip he has yet to win at and faces again this weekend as he bids to better last year's second in the Longines-sponsored Sprint to crack Japanese horse Lord Kanaloa.

Also the winner this year of the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and crowned Horse of the Year at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards earlier this week, Sole Power will again be partnered by Richard Hughes.

Lynam said: "This horse never shirks a battle and his style of racing - sitting way off the pace - is untypical of a sprinter. He is electric and a real 'box office' horse.

"Sole Power was a champion three-year-old but he has never really got the plaudits. Even now, he's been around for so long that he's taken for granted.

"At the end of every season you think it's the end of Sole Power but this was his best year so you keep going with him.

"He's been more of a 110-rated horse over 1200m (six furlongs), but more like 117 or 118 over 1000m (five furlongs). However, if he runs like he did in this race last year, he's got a decent chance, if we get luck in running.

"There is no exceptional horse this year and the sprint trial here asked as many questions as it answered. I'd be most frightened of the Australian horse Buffering - if he could get an uncontested lead he might be hard to catch."

On his journey to the Far East, Lynam, who described himself as happy with a draw in stall five, said: "He's lost a bit more weight than usual. Other than that, he seems fine.

"Richard says that he and Sole Power were made for each other."

One of the main stumbling blocks to a Sole Power success could come in the shape of fellow Irish challenger Gordon Lord Byron.

The six-year-old recorded a landmark Australian Group One victory for trainer Tom Hogan at Rosehill in March and again ran with great credit during the European season, narrowly missing out on a second win in the Prix de la Foret and most recently taking the British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Wayne Lordan's mount is running in the Sprint for the first time, having twice been fourth in the Mile.

6.00 Longines Hong Kong Vase 1m4f   

Michael Stoute saddles Ladbrokes St Leger third Snow Sky in the Vase, where he will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

The Newmarket trainer was an interested observer as the colt stretched his legs over four furlongs of the turf track on Friday morning.

Stoute, who won the Vase with Daliapour in 2000, said: "The colt seems relaxed, having travelled smoothly to Hong Kong. We're happy.

"He is a nice relaxed horse with a lovely temperament who stays well and has a finishing kick."

Ed Dunlop's evergreen Red Cadeaux triumphed in the Vase two years ago and runs fresh from finishing second in the Melbourne Cup for the third time, while Snow Sky's owner Khalid Abdullah has the likely favourite in the Andre Fabre-trained Arc and Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Flintshire.

Jim Bolger sent out Alexander Goldrun to win the Hong Kong Cup a decade ago under Kevin Manning and the duo will be represented in the Vase be Parish Hall.

8.30 Longines Hong Kong Cup 1m2f

Roger Varian bids to cap off a superb season with victory in the Cup through Farraaj, who landed the John Smith's Cup at York in the summer and was an excellent third in the Group One Mackinnon Stakes in Australia at the beginning of last month.

Varian said: "He'll need a career best but he is capable of some big days and to my mind he looks better than when he was in Australia, running that close third in the Mackinnon Stakes."

Cirrus Des Aigles continues to fly the flag for Corine Barande-Barbe but remains in search of his first Sha Tin victory.

His third to Akeed Mofeed 12 months ago is his best performance to date, having finished fifth in 2011 and seventh in 2010, and this will be the fifth time he has run at the meeting as he was fifth in the 2009 renewal of the Vase.

7.50 Longines Hong Kong Mile 1m

British interests in the Mile centre on Roger Charlton's Captain Cat and the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm.

The latter ran a fine race in the Breeders' Cup Mile, finishing two lengths adrift of winner Karakontie in third, and bids to give Jamie Spencer the perfect send-off into retirement.