The risks being taken by overseas bookmaking agencies in offering $1.72 (for $1) about Silent Witness were graphically underlined last night when the Jockey Club tote showed the champion at a very cramped $11.00 (for $10) on the 6pm call. Followers of Silent Witness, in common with the star himself, have never been defeated but in an all-tote jurisdiction like Hong Kong, there is usually no competition on a short-priced commodity like him. Punters are forced to take the skinny price that popular demand invariably dictates. Melbourne bookmaker Michael Eskander yesterday reported a 'huge level of inquiry' about the unbeaten Hong Kong star. 'I thought he was well and truly short enough at $1.72, against international competition, but the punters just want to back Silent Witness. We can't lay any others to beat him,' Eskander said. Japan's Calstone Light O is the only other horse under double figures at $90, with some of the opposition at absurd prices, notably Cape Of Good Hope and Yell, each at $420. Japanese star Durandal was favourite for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile at $26, but the surprise of the early board was the John Size-trained Grand Zulu at $36. One of the value horses was Godolphin's Firebreak, to be ridden by Frankie Dettori, at $250. Punters look to have thrown their hands in the air at the complexity of the afternoon's showcase, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup. The early market completely lacks definition, with a surprise early favourite Elegant Fashion at the equivalent of 11-2 ($65.00). Apart from the Grand Zulu example, the popularity of Size and Douglas Whyte as a team was again confirmed by Super Kid being opening favourite for the Vase at $35. By comparison, the overseas oddsmakers have Super Kid at $65 and only one of the 13 international handicappers, at their tipping forum on Friday, managed to find him in their placings. Whyte will be in control of two other favourites - Shogun for Size in race two and Red Power for Danny Shum Chap-shing in the fourth.