'I've never ridden anything like him ... nothing else even comes close,' says winning jockey Just how good is he? Silent Witness conquered all his local Hong Kong Sprint contenders in the most hollow fashion at Sha Tin yesterday, but the damage he inflicted on our fastest horses still failed to provide a definitive measure of his prodigious talent. Even jockey Felix Coetzee doesn't know. 'He was leading comfortably and then at the 400 metres, he took time to have a look at the ambulance inside the running rail,' Coetzee explained. 'Then I realised he was bludging, so that's why I shook him up and made him race. 'He's won easily, but there is still more improvement to come. I've never ridden anything like him ... nothing else even comes close.' Trainer Tony Cruz doesn't know either. 'In my career as a jockey, I never rode a sprinter as good as him,' Cruz said. 'He is just an amazing horse, and I still have three weeks to get him ready for the Hong Kong Sprint. It's a perfect gap between races.' Jockey Club senior handicapper Ciaran Kennelly is the weights and measures man, and he suspects he's being too conservative. 'He's a very fast horse, that's for sure,' Kennelly said with typical understatement. 'After today, he'll be the highest-rated horse in Hong Kong ... probably with a rating of 131 domestically and either 118 or 117 internationally. 'He'll definitely be the highest-rated horse in the Sprint, and that includes the international horses.' Silent Witness worked to his usual gameplan in yesterday's Group Two, $3 million International Sprint Trial - go to the front, turn on the turbocharger at the 400 metres, hit the finishing post well in front and count the bodies later. On this occasion, the margin was 21/2 lengths over the fast and admirable Cheerful Fortune, with the consistent Firebolt another 11/2 lengths away third. The winner's time was a zippy 56.3 seconds, but was not an accurate guide because he was under so little pressure for the first 400 metres. Owner Archie da Silva was not trying to be boastful or excessively confident when he bullishly began looking beyond the $10 million Hong Kong Sprint (1,000 metres) in three weeks' time with even more tantalising long-term goals for Silent Witness. 'Naturally, we want him to win the Sprint and make Hong Kong proud,' Da Silva began. 'That would be his eighth straight win and if he does that, I'd really like him to equal and then break Co-Tack's all-time Hong Kong record of 10 successive wins. 'Then next year, there are the three Group One races of the champion sprinter series. That's where he's headed.' Cheerful Fortune's trainer, Andy Leung Ting-wah, said he was 'very proud' of his New Zealand-bred gelding, who was beaten for only the second time at level weights with Silent Witness. 'The owner will think about it, but after today's effort we'll probably supplement him for the Hong Kong Sprint and take our chance,' Leung said. Kennelly said that in the event of Cheerful Fortune making a late nomination for the Sprint, a record six local horses would be invited to the sprinters' annual showpiece. 'The six invitations would go to the first three home today - Silent Witness, Cheerful Fortune and Firebolt - as well as Grand Delight, All Thrills Too and Cape of Good Hope,' Kennelly said. Craig Williams said Cheerful Fortune was 'an outstanding sprinter' who ran very well. 'So just how is Silent Witness?' the young jockey asked. 'As far as our horse is concerned, I believe we can be further improved by today's race but, in fairness, maybe the winner can too.' Ivan Allan was satisfied but not overly optimistic after Firebolt's honest and workmanlike third. 'He's beaten Grand Delight and All Thrills Too, who were beating him home last year, but it looks like the younger sprinters may have his measure,' he said. Cape of Good Hope (Douglas Whyte) ran another superb race for fourth, beaten a short head by Firebolt, and closed off better than anything else. David Hayes admitted his disappointment with All Thrills Too, who was under pressure a long way out before finishing fifth, 51/2 lengths from Silent Witness. 'He's no good thing to head toward the sprint now,' Hayes revealed. 'That was very disappointing ... no excuses. 'We have to think about where we are going to go now. We will head toward the internationals but whether it's the Mile or the Sprint we just have to think about it a bit more.' The shock of the race was the abject failure of last year's triple crown sprint hero and Horse of the Year, Grand Delight, who beat only one runner - miler Olympic Express - to the line. Stewards later reported that Grand Delight was found to have mucus in his trachea at the end of a post-race veterinary inspection.