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”.
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
Prize Money: HK $62,496,396
Starts: 29 Wins: 18 2nds: 3 3rds: 2
- 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)
|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|
Hong Kong Champion Sprinter (2004, 2005)
Hong Kong Horse of the Year (2004, 2005)
World’s Champion Sprinter (2003, 2004, 2005)
Video: Silent Witness — Living Legend
Video: Silent Witness — 17 Straight Wins
Video: Silent Witness — The Legend Continues with 11 Straight Wins