'It was his normal very good jump then I let him have two or three strides and put my hands down to settle him and he dropped straight into his smooth loping action. He led like that pretty much all the way down the back straight and we were both feeling happy. Then as we approached the first turn, The Duke moved up on my outside and he did pressure us a little bit but as we went around the turn, Silent Witness was pricking his ears and doing it nicely. I was trying to keep him as slow and relaxed as I could. When I look at the fast time, I wonder now could he have gone slower? But I don't think so. The plan was always to lead and at one point The Duke was only three quarters of a length away, so I didn't want to come back any more and anyway Silent Witness was doing it so well within himself. When we straightened up, I wanted to nurse him as much as possible but I was always conscious that they would come at me today and I could feel that he wasn't shaking them off. I said all week that the stablemates would be the ones to beat, and I knew Bullish Luck would be closing strongly. So from the home turn to the 250m I didn't do much on him, wanting to nurse him, but on the other hand I knew I couldn't sit for too long. Naturally, I didn't know that Bullish Luck was making his ground so cheaply up the inside behind me. When I decided to send Silent Witness into top gear, he kicked and kicked strongly. Ain't Here loomed up but he never really got that close to me and Silent Witness shook him off. But then Bullish Luck charged. He came strongly and my horse really fought back and stretched in his action. Silent Witness really lifted when he was challenged but Bullish Luck just got there.'