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Silent Witness

Silent Witness

Biography


Silent Witness arrived in Hong Kong from Australia in 2002 and won his first race comfortably by almost four lengths in a 1000 metre Class 4 race straight down the track. He rounded off his first season with easy victories in all five starts to rise to the top class and emerge as a new star sprinter in Hong Kong.

Silent Witness was awarded the title of Most Improved Horse and Champion Griffin (inexperienced racehorse) in the Hong Kong Jockey Club awards presentation ceremony in June 2003.

Since then, Silent Witness has become the legend of Hong Kong racing, drawing thunderous cheers and cries from the crowd every time he appeared on the track. Trained by Tony Cruz, Silent Witness raced 29 times, with 18 wins and a total of over AUD $9,000,000 in prize money.

Silent Witness was crowned Horse of the Year twice, in 2003/2004 and 2004/2005, and was named to Time Magazine’s Top 100 in 2005. For the three years from 2003 to 2005, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris ranked Silent Witness the world’s fastest sprinter. Also in 2005, he was announced the world’s top sprinter on turf.

On April 24 2005, Silent Witness won his 17th consecutive race, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup. Tackling 1400 metres for the first time, Silent Witness broke the record of 16 consecutive wins established by the American champion Cigar.

Silent Witness was retired after his last race on the Sha Tin Racecourse on 4 February 2007. He now enjoys his well-earned rest at Living Legends. Says owner Archie Da Silva, “He deserves nothing less”.

Silent Witness at Living Legends

Silent Witness at Living Legends

 

Profile


Date of Birth: 01/10/1999 at Edinburgh Park Stud near Taree, New South Wales in Australia

Sex: Gelding     Colour: Bay

Sire: El Moxie (USA)     Dam: Jade Tiara (AUS)
Grand Sire: Conquistador Cielo (USA)

Trainer: Tony Cruz

Breeder: Mr I.K. Smith

Owner: Arthur Antonio da Silva

Colours:  

 

Career Record


Prize Money: HK $62,496,396
Starts: 29       Wins: 18       2nds: 3       3rds: 2

Silent Witness racing

Silent Witness racing

Major Wins:

  • Hong Kong Sprint (2003, 2004)
  • International Sprint Trial (2003, 2004)
  • HK Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (2004)
  • HK Centenary Sprint Cup (2004)
  • HK Chairman’s Sprint Prize (2004)
  • Sprinters Stakes (2005)

Wins:

Date Venue Track Distance Race
02/10/2005 Nakayama Turf 1200
24/04/2005 ST Turf 1400 QUEEN’S SILVER JUBILEE CUP
03/04/2005 ST Turf 1200 CHAIRMAN’S SPRINT PRIZE
27/02/2005 ST Turf 1000 CENTENARY SPRINT CUP
23/01/2005 ST Turf 1000 BAUHINIA SPRINT TROPHY
12/12/2004 ST Turf 1000 CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG SPRINT
21/11/2004 ST Turf 1000 CATHAY PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPRINT TRIAL
25/04/2004 ST Turf 1200 CHAIRMAN’S SPRINT PRIZE
13/03/2004 ST Turf 1000 CENTENARY SPRINT CUP
01/02/2004 ST Turf 1000 BAUHINIA SPRINT TROPHY
14/12/2003 ST Turf 1000 HONG KONG SPRINT
22/11/2003 ST Turf 1000 INTERNATIONAL SPRINT TRIAL
11/10/2003 ST Turf 1000 SHA TIN SPRINT TROPHY
07/06/2003 ST Turf 1000 SHA TIN VASE
23/03/2003 ST Turf 1200 SOUND PRINT HANDICAP
23/02/2003 ST Turf 1000 GAY EIGHTIES HANDICAP
19/01/2003 ST Turf 1200 MASTERMIND HANDICAP
26/12/2002 ST Turf 1000 HENNESSY HANDICAP

Awards:
Hong Kong Champion Sprinter (2004, 2005)
Hong Kong Horse of the Year (2004, 2005)
World’s Champion Sprinter (2003, 2004, 2005)

 

Videos



Video: Silent Witness — Living Legend


Video: Silent Witness — 17 Straight Wins


Video: Silent Witness — The Legend Continues with 11 Straight Wins

 
 

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