Tony Cruz and Felix Coetzee still have the best of the El Moxie breed down the Sha Tin straight course in Silent Witness, but another by the sire left the pair shaking their heads in dismay after David Hayes-trained Always Flying landed a plunge to blow away Country Music yesterday. Cruz sent out Country Music as one of the hottest favourites of the day and Coetzee could hardly believe that the three-year-old had broken 56 seconds for the 1,000 metres and been beaten as Always Flying (Dwayne Dunn) landed a bold betting move from 6-1 to just over 3-1. 'Wow! Where did that come from?' Coetzee said after the Hayes first starter bolted in, running only 0.4 seconds outside Multidandy's class record. Adelaide was the answer to his question, but Always Flying was not a Lindsay Park product like most of the Hayes-trained imports. He was trained there by part-time trainer, part-time horse educator Craig Curtis, who obviously had an inkling of what he had when Always Flying was backed in from 20-1 to 6-1 before winning his only Australian race at Cheltenham in Adelaide last August by more than four lengths. 'Actually, the reason we bought this horse is that my trainer there, Tony McEvoy, had some nicely-bred Danehills in that race that we had some sort of opinion about,' Hayes said yesterday. 'This horse just came out and blew them away, so I knew he had to be able to gallop.' Hayes said the horse had been fancied by the yard as a chance to beat the warm favourite off his opening rating of only 65 though he was somewhat mystified at the source of the huge betting move. 'He had worked quite well, trialled quite well and the way I looked at it, I had a horse that I would have been very confident about winning a Class Four quite easily and he was getting 13 pounds from Country Music who hadn't won his Class Four races by big margins,' Hayes explained. 'So I have a lot of respect for Country Music but I thought I had a chance at the weights.' Always Flying is raced by long-time Hayes client, George Tong Kwo-kiun, whose colours have been aboard Queen Mother's Cup winner Caracoler in recent seasons but the grey stayer had been somewhat disappointing, that win aside. 'It's just great for George,' said Dunn, who was fined $2,000 for his winning fist punch before the line. 'Caracoler didn't really go on with it - now he's got a pretty decent horse and just as I'm about to leave!' Dunn, whose Hong Kong contract will end in two weeks' time, said the three-year-old's weight pull had been vital in the win. 'He did it the hard way - up there on the speed and kept going but he was getting plenty of pounds,' he said. 'The horse has never been a great worker on the dirt but his riverside gallops had been good and that gave you some confidence. He seems to have some raw talent anyway - you never know where they'll go after a big first-up win. They can go one way or the other so next time will tell whether he's a flash in the pan or a genuine Class One horse.' Although beaten, Country Music was hardly disgraced under his top weight and beat the remaining runners by over four lengths himself. 'I'm certainly not disappointed with his effort under the weight,' said Coetzee. 'The winner is obviously very good.'