The owner of sprint star Silent Witness left yesterday's barrier draw function bitterly disappointed - but it had nothing to do with plucking out gate 11 in Sunday's big event. 'I really came here looking for the guy who trains the South African horse, National Currency. I wanted to shake his hand, look him in the eye and say, 'So this is the guy who's going to beat me',' said Archie da Silva. 'But I can't find him.' Trainer Michael Azzie had been outspoken in his confident expectations coming to Hong Kong in some early interviews, which had filtered back to Da Silva, going as far as declaring the Sprint a one-horse race - all National Currency. 'But anyway I see in the Chinese press that he's had a chance to see some of Silent Witness' races on video since he got here and he isn't quite as outspoken now,' said Da Silva, no shrinking violet himself. Draws aside, Azzie was hands-on yesterday, asking race rider Weichong Marwing to give National Currency a quick rehearsal at going into the Sha Tin saddling stalls and then taking the walk up to the parade ring area. 'It's just so it isn't all new to him,' Marwing explained as the strapping sprinter completed the task with a minimum of fuss and unflustered by the sizeable media contingent encircling him. Top jockey Robbie Fradd will be much happier this year if he can finish runner-up in the Hong Kong Mile than he has been in recent runnings. Fradd has been close but no cigar, finishing second in the race on Fairy King Prawn in 2000 and Electronic Unicorn in 2001 and 2002. On each occasion, he carried the heavy weight of high public expectation but will have no such burden when he rides Tony Cruz's second-string, Citizen Kane, on Sunday. 'It has been a bit frustrating to be beaten like that the last three years, but this time, I'll be absolutely thrilled if I can run into the quinella,' Fradd said yesterday. Doubtless Frankie Dettori will have high expectations on the eve of his 33rd birthday on Monday, including hopes of a Hong Kong Cup with Luca Cumani-trained Falbrav. Dettori twisted an ankle jumping off when his mount Champion Speed broke a leg at Happy Valley on Wednesday night and was stood down from his remaining rides on the programme. But Cumani said yesterday the effervescent jockey had assured him he would be 100 per cent for Sunday. Falbrav is one of three horses bowing out of racing in the event - Denon and Eishin Preston are the others - and is now being offered at slightly more generous odds by offshore bookies. The early quote of 2.25 has been extended to 2.5, with Rakti (5.0) still a strong second fancy in the race ahead of Eishin Preston at 7.0. Local hope Elegant Fashion was out to as much as 15.0 yesterday in British markets with which Hong Kong punters are not legally permitted to wager, but is likely to be much shorter here on Sunday.