After all the emotional thrills that Felix Coetzee has been delivered in his association with Silent Witness, it is hard to imagine him improving on them, but having his young son with him at yesterday's Sprinters' Stakes win took the South African jockey to a new high. With the laws in Hong Kong restricting race attendances to adults only, Coetzee's five-year-old boy Daniel had never seen him win on Silent Witness, except on television. But at Nakayama, where jumping castles and prams mixed comfortably with the formguides, banners and betting of almost 60,000 racing fans, Daniel was welcome to be part of the moment as his father was the hero on a horse which will be forever be the crowning glory of Coetzee's riding career. 'Can you imagine being here with the greatest horse in the world and for this most important race, in such an important city and having him there in the parade yard?' Coetzee told the media conference. 'To have him here and hold him and hold him up outside after the race with all the cameras and the crowd cheering us and everything - that was just such a special moment.' Coetzee said the rare situation had its lighter side too in the usually tense pre-race period. 'As I've walked out beforehand to see Tony and the owners, Daniel was there in the parade yard waving at me,' Coetzee laughed. 'I was trying to stay focused and serious but I couldn't help myself, you know, I was so excited to see him there all dressed up in his tie and blazer and everything. And he was there trying to take pictures of me, and waving and all that sort of thing while Tony's giving me his instructions. 'Standing calling out 'Dad! Dad!' to get my attention. It wasn't easy! But what a fantastic thing.' Coetzee junior might also one day recall seeing his father feted like a rock star by the Japanese fans, who called for autographs and lined the fence chanting his name in the aftermath.