Unbeaten Silent Witness made it six from six in the Sha Tin Trophy (1,000 metres) and threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the world and to the only local sprint star missing from yesterday's Group Three showdown. Last season's sprint champion, Grand Delight, was at home in his box as Silent Witness responded brilliantly on the first occasion he has ever been under pressure, prompting handicapper Ciaran Kennelly to hoist him seven points in the handicaps to a rating of 128 - the equal of Grand Delight. 'I know he hasn't won the Group One races that Grand Delight has, but he has beaten the same horses that Grand Delight beat to win those races,' Kennelly said. 'In handicapping terms, his performance is as good as Grand Delight's performances. 'There are weight lines to back that up, especially through a great benchmark horse like Firebolt, who just runs a great race on this course every time he races. 'He has run in all those races against Grand Delight and All Thrills Too and run well in them all, and today he has finished 11/2 lengths away in third. Through that line you'd have to say there is plenty of justification in bringing him level with Grand Delight,' Kennelly said. The pair are scheduled to meet in the real world on November 22 over the same course in the Group Two International Sprint Trial, just days before the 'home team' will be named to take on the overseas speedsters in the $10 million Hong Kong Sprint on December 14. 'With Grand Delight to add to what we saw today, that Trial should be a fantastic race and, whatever the outcome, I think we are now looking at a Hong Kong Sprint in which the local runners could be as many as five or six - and genuine winning chances,' Kennelly said.