Connections of Hong Kong's vanquished champion Silent Witness may have to wait another year for the chance to gain revenge for Sunday's brave Yasuda Kinen defeat. Silent Witness was beaten for the second time in the big mile at Fuchu but will leave Japan with his reputation intact. Both he and stablemate Bullish Luck will now go for a well-earned summer break, before Silent Witness returns next season to the sprint distances at which he is unbeaten. Both trainer Tony Cruz and owner Archie da Silva said in the aftermath of the Yasuda Kinen yesterday that they would love to go back to Japan in October for the Sprinter's Stakes - part of the Global Sprint Challenge - but the timing and Hong Kong's programming may be obstacles. 'We will go back to the sprints in the new season,' said Da Silva. 'We would love to bring the horse back for the Sprinter's Stakes but the problem we have is the lead-up race. He needs a race first up in the new season to get him ready to take on a race like that and there just isn't a suitable race for him in Hong Kong, and that's going to make it difficult.' Cruz said that Silent Witness had shown he returns from his summer spell 'ring rusty' and needing a race to sharpen him up. 'A race like the Sprinter's Stakes is the hardest for me to get him fit for,' Cruz admitted. 'Last year, when he was coming back from his break, I trialed him twice and gave him plenty of work but he still needed a domestic race with set weight terms. I don't want to take on an international race with a chance he is not at his top.' Cruz has repeatedly said he would not run Silent Witness first-up in the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup under handicap conditions, where he would be asked to concede huge amounts of weight to all his rivals, and that is the only domestic race available. 'He is a big horse, he gets very big when he is not racing,' Cruz said. 'Maybe I might have to go about it a different way. Start earlier on him. It's too early right now to say whether he might come back or not in October for the Sprinter's Stakes but Silent Witness will definitely go back to sprinting, regardless. We are more confident in those races and there are quite a few good sprint races around we can look at.' One thing which might assist Cruz this time around is the extended season Silent Witness has had. Last year, Silent Witness finished his season in April with the Chairman's Sprint Prize and resumed in late November after a seven-month holiday. However, his tilt at the Asian Mile Challenge races this year has kept him going for an additional six weeks after the Chairman's Sprint, reducing his spelling time anyway. Whether Silent Witness goes to the Nakayama sprint race in October or not, Da Silva said he was keen to tackle Japan again. 'He'll go back to sprinting in the early part of the season and we want to win the Hong Kong Sprint and the triple crown again but I'm just as keen to give him another chance at the mile,' Da Silva said. 'The Champions Mile and Yasuda Kinen are on his agenda again for 2006.'