OUR MEMORIES
SILENT WITNESS (C140)

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SILENT WITNESS 精英大師 foaled 1 October 1999, won 17 consecutive sprint races in Hong Kong and later 1 in Japan.

 

He was ranked the World Champion Sprinter from 2003 to 2005.

 

Bred by Mr I. K. Smith and foaled at Edinburgh Park Stud near Taree, New South Wales in Australia. SILENT WITNESS is by EL MOXIE (USA) out of JADE TIARA by BUREAUCRACY (NZ).

 

Except SILENT WITNESS, JOYFUL WINNER is another successful winning horse which bred by EL MOXIE, and competed in Hong Kong.

 

JADE TIARA is the dam of nine named horses, but SILENT WITNESS (her first foal) is currently her only stakes winner.

 

SILENT WITNESS is a Bay gelding brand as C140, owned by Arthur Antonio da Silva, Betty da Silva, Antonio Marcus da Silva & Teresa Marie da Silva.

 

Trained by Tony Cruz and all races ridden by jockey Felix Coetzee.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

Total Earnings includes local and overseas: HK$62,496,396.

 

Major Wins:

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

 

 

Major Awards:

 

  • Hong Kong Most Improved Horse and Champion Griffin 2003
  • Hong Kong Champion Sprinter (2004 & 2005)
  • Hong Kong Horse of the Year (2004 & 2005)
  • World’s Champion Sprinter (2003, 2004, 2005)

 

 

Racing Record: 28: 18-3-2

 

26 December, 2002, SILENT WITNESS made his debut as a three-year-old at the Sha Tin racecourse in a 1,000 metre race. He won by a margin of almost four lengths in the fast time of 57.8 seconds.

 

In 2003 and 2004 SILENT WITNESS won the internationally contested Hong Kong Sprint race by defeating top horses from Europe, Japan, Australia, and the United States. In the Centenary Sprint Cup (G1).

 

SILENT WITNESS equalled the long-standing Hong Kong record of 10 consecutive wins. He also won six other major Group One (G1) Sprints in 2004 and 2005.

 

After the 17 consecutive wins, he attempted the mile race in the Champions Mile on May 2005 at Sha Tin Racecourse but he was defeated by BULLISH LUCK by a short head.

 

2005-10-02, he took part in the Sprinters Stakes, which is a Group 1 Sprint Race in Japan over 1,200 metres. SILENT WITNESS won the race easily by 1¼ lengths with a time of 1:07.3 seconds, 0.3 seconds slower than the track record time.

 

2006-06, he made a second attempt on the mile by going to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Yasuda Kinen again.He ran well but was defeated by ASAKUSA DEN’EN, a Japanese horse, near the winning post.

 

 

 

SUMMARY

 

 

A mile was the maximum distance that he could race and win.

 

From 2003 to 2005, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris ranked SILENT WITNESS the world’s fastest sprinter.

 

 

 

REFERENCE

 

 

SILENT WITNESS was elected by TIME as one of ‘The World’s 100 Most Influential People’ in 2004.

 

SILENT WITNESS is often compared to another Hong Kong champion, CO-TACK, and the American horse CIGAR who won 10 and 16 consecutive races accordingly.

 

2007-02-04, SILENT WITNESS was retired, after his last race on the Sha Tin Racecourse.

 

He is now at Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses located in Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale, Victoria, Australia.

 

 

 

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