Twelve months after the famous black and green silks of Archie and Betty da Silva flashed across the line in the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, carried by none other than Silent Witness, the popular couple were back in the winner's stall with the appropriately named Eye Witness. The chestnut gelding, a son of top British miler Dr Fong, has been forced to carry an unfair burden of expectation that has been none of his doing - he's a good, honest young horse who just happens to be owned, trained and ridden by the same people who have been blessed with Hong Kong's greatest-ever racehorse, Silent Witness. Thankfully, young Eye Witness has no idea about such things - it's the humans who manage to get themselves confused. He just went about his job like the professional tradesman he surely is and grafted out an admirable win over a mile in Class Four at only his second start. 'It was a good, tough, no-nonsense win,' said jockey Felix Coetzee. 'Stepping up to the mile today, he's been able to put himself into the race early and he's kept on very strongly. There was a moment there when he could have been beaten, but he's fought them off very bravely.' Trainer Tony Cruz resisted any temptation to flatter Eye Witness, saying that Class Three would be his limit in the current preparation. 'I'm not prepared to say this horse is anything special just yet,' Cruz said. 'This preparation, I think I can get him through to Class Three but no higher than that. Next season, after a break, he might come back and be able to get to Class Two but I don't think he's a Class One horse.' As for the great horse himself, Cruz issued an upbeat bulletin, declaring himself 'very happy' with the way the world champion sprinter is working along. Silent Witness is being prepared to defend his title as the Hong Kong triple crown winner for sprinters, having won all legs of the three-race series in 2004 and again in 2005.