Brilliant sprinter Country Music should step out from the giant shadow of illustrious stablemate Silent Witness in today's Group Three Sha Tin Sprint Trophy over 1,000 metres to establish himself as Hong Kong's second-ranked short course runner. Never out of the first two placings in seven starts down the Sha Tin 1,000m course, Tony Cruz-trained Country Music (Felix Coetzee) nevertheless had to bow to the world class genius of Silent Witness in his last two appearances at Group One level. In both the Bauhinia Sprint and Centenary Sprint Cup last term, Country Music tried his heart out in second position. In the latter, Country Music left Cape Of Good Hope six lengths in his wake and accounted comfortably for the remainder of Hong Kong's top sprinters. The son of Danzero has his chance for a Group win here in one of his rare chances to run without Silent Witness in opposition, and should earn a proper recognition of his own outstanding talents, despite having 130 pounds to carry. The gelding is unbeaten in two first-up efforts and Cruz has prepared him meticulously for the Sha Tin Trophy. Back at the end of August, Country Music made his season's reappearance in a barrier trial down the straight when he was never really put under serious pressure finishing a pleasing fourth. However, he has had the Cruz treatment since and plenty of strong work to suggest he will be at fever pitch this time around. On their best form perhaps Scintillation (Shane Dye) looks the main danger but a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since that Danehill gelding took the race in 2004. Scintillation won with 122 pounds last year then later ran a great third in the Hong Kong Mile and won the Classic Mile, but he finished the season with some soundness issues. Following his failure in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup in April, Scintillation was reported lame and an official vet examination in early May, noted he had stress fractures to the radius bones of both of his forelegs. He has trialled nicely for his return to racing but has still to show he will come back to his old peaks. John Moore's Able Prince (Michael Rodd) could not have been more impressive first-up in the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup over 1,200m. Runner-up Fokine has confirmed the worth of that form last week in the National Day Cup to find Able Prince's credentials for the Sha Tin Trophy, we need only to go back to the International Sprint Trial last year when he made Silent Witness stretch to beat him and Scintillation finished third. Almond Lee Yee-tat's Absolute Champion is also an interesting runner with a big weight to pull. When Country Music won first-up last season, he gave three pounds to Absolute Champion and beat him, eased down, by a half length. This time he is likely to concede 15 pounds to the gelding, even more if jockey Anthony Delpech is able to ride him closer to his allotted 113 pounds.