He probably has as much speed as Silent Witness, but without the great one's championship qualities. But when he's on song, as he was yesterday, powerhouse sprinter Multidandy is an awesome piece of horseflesh. The Danehill gelding with the weightlifter physique exploded from the stalls at the bottom of the 1,000 metres chute and, despite racing into a substantial headwind, had his rivals stretched out over an enormous amount of territory 57 seconds later. Felix Coetzee only gave him the barest-possible shake-up to put the issue beyond doubt, but by that time Multidandy was rolling at high speed like a bullet train. Finally, the raw potential that he's teased us with so often is starting to be fulfilled. Multidandy, starting favourite at $23, had 21/4 lengths to spare over the Australian Group One winner Helene Pillaging, who showed his first glimpse of form in Hong Kong. British-bred three-year-old Progressing Times ran third, a further 41/4 lengths away and therefore 61/2 lengths from the winner - a massive margin over 1,000 metres on a good track. 'I had this horse ready to run first-up on the International Trial meeting on November 22 and he would have won, too, but he was first reserve and didn't get a run,' trainer Tony Cruz explained. 'I was really disappointed about that because I trained four winners on that programme and that would have given me my first five-timer as a trainer.' Multidandy was originally trained by Tony Millard and started a long odds-on favourite on his debut on the strength of some incredibly fast morning workouts. But at that stage, Multidandy didn't have the mental side of the racing business handled at all - he was raw speed but little else. Since being with the Cruz yard, Multidandy has matured significantly. 'But I think the key to him is that he's strictly a 1,000 metres horse,' the trainer added. Coetzee noted that Multidandy felt better in his action than he had last preparation. 'I really think Tony has him sounder than he was before, because he feels that much better,' he said. 'Today, he won the start brilliantly and the race was basically over. He was always in control, and I was never really concerned.' Multidandy was the third leg of a three-timer for the white-hot trainer-jockey combination, which had earlier won two races on the all-weather track with Noble Hero ($111) and Sure Fit ($35.50). 'I had some concerns about Noble Hero because he got behind the starting stalls and was quite agitated - sweating very heavily,' Coetzee continued. 'I called for one of the outriders to walk around with him, thinking it was something different that might switch his concentration and stop him worrying, but it made no difference. 'Anyway, he began very well and crossed into a nice position, following the speed. Once we got into that position, he was always travelling strongly and I was reasonably confident.' Cruz revealed that Noble Hero had a problem tying up, the result of an imbalance of muscle enzymes. He singled out Australian Professor Alan Davies, a specialist in thoroughbred exercise physiology and nutrition, for acknowledgement. 'Professor Davies has been a very big help to us in getting this horse right. He understands this process, the scientific way, and suggested a number of things we could change that have really helped,' he said. Desert King four-year-old Sure Fit made it back-to-back wins on the all-weather track, having previously won over 1,800 metres with a good deal of authority at the December 3 meeting. 'This horse had a tie-back operation to relieve a breathing problem,' Cruz continued. 'The operation was done here, at the Jockey Club. I'd like to thank Dr Chris Riggs and Dr Chris Osborne, they did a super job. Now the horse is breathing properly, he's starting to show his real ability and he's getting better with racing.'