The career of Silent Witness, Hong Kong's own international champion, has been captured in glorious colour by the South China Morning Post in a superb, souvenir, coffee-table book. Silent Witness: The Spirit of Hong Kong represents the work of racing editor Murray Bell and racing photographer Kenneth Chan, who give us a rare look at this amazing racehorse who rewrote a number of international racing benchmarks this year. Silent Witness, a handsome Australian-bred racehorse, is owned by Archie and Betty da Silva, a popular couple in business, racing and social circles. He has been trained throughout his career by home-grown hero, champion jockey turned champion trainer Tony Cruz, and has been ridden in his 19 starts by South African horseman Felix Coetzee. Silent Witness: The Spirit of Hong Kong takes us right back to the start of the Silent Witness story. We meet his sire, the modest American racer El Moxie, and his mother, the matronly Jade Tiara. We visit his birthplace, the beautiful Edinburgh Park Stud, snugly located on a horseshoe-shaped bend of the Manning River in northern New South Wales. And we meet the men who found him at the yearling sales and paid A$55,000 ($333,000) for the youngster who grew into a world champion. Race by race, win by win, the book takes us through the unbeaten 17-race sequence of the Witness, recording the achievements and the milestones. We relive the excitement of his two wins in the Hong Kong International Races, the first in 2003 when he tore the heart out of South African running machine National Currency and the second, last December, when he turned his most challenging assignment into his easiest victory. We meet the Da Silvas, the Cruzes and the Coetzees at home in pictorial spreads never seen before. We too suffered the heartbreak when the unthinkable happened - defeat - at Silent Witness's 18th start, and we journeyed with him for the glory of representing Hong Kong in Tokyo on June 5 when he was again beaten, but won even more admirers for his bravery. We go back and learn about the icons that Silent Witness equalled and then surpassed - Co-Tack, Citation and Cigar - and how he chased down and then eclipsed champion Italian racer Ribot's 16-win sequence. Archie da Silva loves to see the enjoyment Silent Witness gives to the people of Hong Kong. And he says that in his two heroic defeats, even more than in his 17 wins, Silent Witness truly represented the spirit of Hong Kong. The champion's thousands of Chinese fans call him Jing Ying Da Shi - Master of the Elite. Most chapters have been translated into Chinese, making Silent Witness: The Spirit of Hong Kong a book for everyone.