It doesn't matter which way you try to analyse the season, it ultimately belonged to one horse - the mighty Silent Witness. From start to finish, this was the racehorse who brought the fans flocking back to the track, and attracted the attention of new admirers from many parts of the world. Silent Witness took his fame beyond the racing pages. He regularly had front-page spots on all leading Hong Kong papers, he was the subject of two pieces that were transmitted around the world on CNN and he even became the focus for a feature in Time magazine. And he's the subject of a superb new glossy book which records his career and the lives of all the people close to him. In February, Silent Witness steamrolled the record of Co-Tack, who won 10 races in the early 1980s - eight under the guidance of the man who now steers Silent Witness's career, Tony Cruz. He then took aim at the winning record of one of the greats of world racing, Ribot, who was unbeaten in 16 starts from 1954-56 . Silent Witness equalled Ribot and then surpassed him, along with American stars like Citation and Cigar, who had also won 16 straight. With Felix Coetzee once again on board - it had never been any other way - the Witness stretched his unbeaten run to 17 starts in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on April 24. Then one day in May, reality - and the next-best horse in Hong Kong, Bullish Luck - came calling. When extended to 1,600 metres, Silent Witness met his first defeat, but his brave short-head second in the Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 14 was no disgrace. It was, in fact, a proud moment, which moved owner Archie da Silva to say that in defeat, Silent Witness represented the spirit of Kong Kong even more than he had in those famous 17 victories. But let's remember him in victory. Silent Witness was truly magnificent in winning his second Hong Kong Sprint at the International Races. Twelve months earlier, he tore the heart out of South African speed machine National Currency and this term, faced with what looked his toughest task, he ruthlessly turned it into his easiest win. His sparring partner Cape Of Good Hope, who has never been able to give the Witness even a decent workout, has gone overseas to win two Group One races, reinforcing the view of the handicappers of the world that Silent Witness is truly, definitively, the number one turf sprinter on the planet. Silent Witness performed admirably in the Yasuda Kinen on June 5, being beaten a neck and a head into third place in Japan's premier Group One mile. He returned to find his fans as adoring as ever, and he waltzed away with all-available honours at the champions awards night once again on June 25. Champion Sprinter, Most Popular Horse, and for a second time Horse of the Year - that's Silent Witness. He's our greatest athlete, human or equine. He's the world face of Hong Kong racing. He's Jing Ying Da Shi - Master of the Elite.