A change in timing and conditions for the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup this year will be rewarded by the presence of champion Silent Witness on April 24 - Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup day. Trainer Tony Cruz and owner Archie da Silva met on Wednesday, on the occasion of Silent Witness being named the world's leading turf sprinter for 2004, and discussed plans for the unbeaten star after he completes his initial programme of the triple crown for sprinters, which begins on Sunday at Sha Tin. Jockey Club senior handicapper Ciaran Kennelly pointed out that apart from being brought forward from its former date in May, the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup has been shortened from a metric mile to 1,400 metres. Also, the penalty and allowance conditions, which conspired to defeat champion Electronic Unicorn in last year's edition at 1,600 metres, have been scrapped and the race will now be run at standard weight-for-age. 'A race run at straight weight-for-age, over 1,400 metres and exactly three weeks after the Chairman's Sprint Prize?' Cruz asked, seeking confirmation. 'We'll be in that for sure.' Da Silva, who owns the 13-from-13 sprinting machine in partnership with wife Betty, gave Cruz total support. 'I am very keen to stretch Silent Witness out beyond 1,200 metres,' Da Silva said. 'And the way the Jockey Club has re-programmed the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup suits perfectly. 'Assuming he comes through that OK, I am also in favour of taking him up to 1,600 metres for the Champions Mile [May 14]. If he comes through that race OK, we might even look at the Yasuda Kinen [Japan's top mile race on June 6 at Fuchu racecourse].' Meanwhile, both Cruz and Coetzee have given Silent Witness an enthusiastic thumbs-up for his return to racing in Sunday's $4.5 million Group One Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (over 1,000 metres). 'He seems absolutely perfect,' Coetzee said. 'He's an amazing horse because he's so relaxed, nothing ever seems to worry him. But I was very pleased with his barrier trial win the other week and his work since has been right up to his usual standard.' Cruz echoed his jockey's thoughts. 'He's fine - I can't fault him in any way.' Silent Witness, with Coetzee on board, had his standard dash-up over 400 metres yesterday morning, with stablemate Super Brose as a companion. He clocked 22.2 seconds for the journey and handled the task with his usual panache. The champ will have just six rivals on the race card, with his long-time foe Cape Of Good Hope having abdicated from another round with the world's number one by going to Melbourne, seeking a Silent Witness-free zone. Two of his opponents are stablemates - Multidandy, to be ridden by Eddie Lai Wai-ming and Country Music (Olivier Doleuze). The balance of the field is made up of Planet Ruler (Gerald Mosse), Able Prince (Christophe Soumillon), Firebolt (Anthony Delpech) and General Kingy (Eric Saint-Martin).