The rising quality of Hong Kong racing - and in particular the sprinters - received another international seal of approval yesterday when Cape Of Good Hope finished a fine second at Royal Ascot. The David Oughton-trained raider was beaten 11/2 lengths by The Tatling in the Group Two King's Stand Stakes - the best placing ever achieved by a Hong Kong horse in Europe. Oughton - who later fared less well with Bowman's Crossing, seventh in the Queen Anne Stakes - is now considering keeping Cape Of Good Hope in England for a crack at Group One company. The options are the Golden Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, the final day of the Royal Ascot meeting, or the July Cup at Newmarket on July 8. 'I'd have to be tempted to run him in one or both of those races, depending on how he comes out of this,' Oughton said after the race. 'I've no preference between the two races at the moment, though I'd like to see them put some water on the track if he is to run at Ascot on Saturday. For him it's the end of a long season, but he doesn't seem to be showing signs that it is getting to him. He has pretty much run up to his best Hong Kong form today.' The run confirmed Cape Of Good Hope's ability at the highest level, following his third place in last year's Group One Hong Kong Sprint, but it was just as significant for the boost it gave to Silent Witness' reputation. Cape Of Good Hope has been beaten six times this season by Silent Witness - never finishing closer than 13/4 lengths behind - and Tony Cruz's unbeaten superstar must have even stronger claims now to be regarded as the world's best turf sprinter. Cape Of Good Hope was always in the front rank of the 19 runners in yesterday's 1,000-metre race, with jockey Mick Kinane making the most of stall one to stick close to the favoured stands rail in the early stages. Kinane pulled out to challenge inside the last 400 metres and Cape Of Good Hope responded well to take the lead briefly. However, he was unable to hold the late thrust of The Tatling, who had finished behind both Silent Witness and Cape Of Good Hope when seventh in the Hong Kong Sprint. Oughton's raider was sent off 13-2 third favourite, having attracted strong support in the British betting market, and is sure to be among the leading fancies if he runs again in Britain. The Golden Jubilee and July Cup are the first two of the big three sprints in Britain and both are held over a straight 1,200 metres, which could prove even more suitable for Cape Of Good Hope. Bowman's Crossing will have his summer break now after finishing seventh of the 16 runners in the Queen Anne. He did not get the smoothest run in the Group One mile contest and, despite staying on well, was never a threat. The race was won by Godolphin's Refuse To Bend, last year's English 2,000 Guineas winner. 'He ran quite well considering he got into a bit of a bumping match with one of the other runners,' Oughton said. 'He's earned a rest now but he'll wait for Cape Of Good Hope and go back to Hong Kong with him.'