Wonder horse to seek global sprint title during visit to Australia, England and Japan, says trainer Cruz Silent Witness cemented his place at the head of world sprinting yesterday by taking the $12 million Sprinters' Stakes at Nakayama in Tokyo to launch himself on a path of global conquest. Trainer Tony Cruz and part-owner Archie da Silva confirmed that Silent Witness would go to Australia, England and Japan in search of the Global Sprint Challenge title as well as seeking a third straight Hong Kong International and a third Sprint Triple Crown. 'We did this for China - it's our national day yesterday on the birthday of my wife, Betty, and of Silent Witness - and we are very proud,' said a jubilant Da Silva. 'We might just keep him to sprints now. 'I think he can win a mile but at these [the sprints] he is unbeatable. He'll go for the International Sprint Trial and Hong Kong Sprint then we'll chase the Global Challenge, and I want it all - the trophies, the races, the million dollar bonus! But we love the Hong Kong people who came to support us and we don't forget them. Silent Witness belongs to Hong Kong, so we want him to race and win the Sprinters' Triple Crown there as well.' The world champion title was firmly in place again as even-money favourite Silent Witness (Felix Coetzee) stalked a sizzling speed then pounced with machine-like authority before holding off late charges from Durandal and Admire Max. In June, Cruz promised Japan that if Silent Witness was beaten in the Yasuda Kinen, he would be back for a sprint 'and then he will win', and he made good on the vow with a clear-cut victory in just over 67 seconds for 1,200m. 'The great thing about him is his confidence. He was unbeaten for so long and each time he ran, he and all of us with him grew in confidence, and that seemed to make him even stronger,' Cruz said. 'He won 17 races unbeaten but he could have gone longer. It's only our mistake that we ran him at 1,600m.' And Cruz did not let the occasion go without an ominous observation for the Global Sprint Challenge: 'He travelled and performed better than in June. And next time he will do it even better. He learns and improves at anything he does, every time he does it. That's why he is a champion.' The brilliant win came a day after the gelding missed his footing in a slow canter on the sand, lost jockey Felix Coetzee and galloped 2,000m loose. 'I felt confident on Thursday after he worked, then the wide draw rattled me. Then I was more concerned when he got loose,' said Coetzee, who finished with an abrasion to a forearm. 'But Tony said straight away there was nothing wrong. There will always be things to be concerned about in these sorts of races, but Tony has been producing this horse in top shape for so long and, if he can keep bringing him out like this, he'll go on winning like any great athlete.' Da Silva said that victory in Japan was particularly satisfying as he has a soft spot for the country. 'I have always loved Japan. I had a very successful business here at one time and I have been here more than 60 times since 1975,' he said. 'A horse like this is a lot of luck - a gift from God and I thank my God for giving this horse to me and Betty and Tony and Felix.' Meanwhile, Cape Of Good Hope (Brett Prebble) was put in an unusual poor run more than five lengths away in 11th place, after enjoying an ideal run to the corner. 'He did get strung up a bit between horses but only because he wasn't picking up,' said Prebble. 'He was treading water and couldn't get home.'