In the absence of Silent Witness, old-warrior Cape Of Good Hope can land the $10 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint at his fourth time of asking and prove an ideal second-leg banker for triple trio players. The David Oughton-trained gelding, who has not won a race in Hong Kong for over three years, lived in the shadow of the great Silent Witness until travelling overseas to lift Group One features in England and Australia, finally claiming fame in his own right. Cape Of Good Hope failed at his first Hong Kong Sprint task behind All Thrills Too in 2002 but turned in a gallant effort in the following running to finish third to Silent Witness and National Currency. He ran his heart out again last year to finish second to Silent Witness but with the champ sidelined with a virus, his day in the spotlight looks to have finally arrived. The seven-year-old, to be ridden by Mick Kinane, has drawn in barrier seven, which will give him the perfect opportunity to settle off a strong speed, likely to be set by Natural Blitz and American mare Nicole's Dream, and finish powerfully. Other worthy inclusions are the in-form Planet Ruler, French four-year-old Chineur, Japanese raider Admire Max and the 20-time winner Nicole's Dream. Planet Ruler was back to his brilliant best when winning the Sprint Trial. Chineur, who conquered Cape Of Good Hope in the King's Stand Stakes at York in June, has also drawn favourably in gate four and will be one of the fast finishers. Nicole's Dream is unknown at this level but any horse with such high-level speed and strong winning record is dangerous to dismiss. Admire Max, who finished a gallant third to Silent Witness in the Sprinters' Stakes in Japan in October, has to be rated among the dangers. In the opening leg, Hail The Storm looks the best banker, although the event appears to have plenty of depth. Hail The Storm steps to 1,800m for the first time but on his last-start win, when racing three wide, it shouldn't pose too many threats, especially after coming up with gate two. Others worthy of consideration are Art Trader, Agility, Palette Natural, Californiasunshine and Flaming Lamborgini. The final leg appears the best avenue in which to go skinny, with several promising youngsters have the edge on their rivals. The unbeaten Thistle King will be the horse to beat with All's Well, Good Ba Ba and Pocket Money all showing signs they will graduate to better races in time. Thistle King is going from strength to strength and after drawing perfectly in gate four, gets his chance to maintain his winning trend. All's Well and Pocket Money have both been looking for this longer trip, while Good Ba Ba will be in the right spot from a good draw.