Silent Witness (horse)
|Breeder||Mr I K Smith|
|Owner||Arthur Antonio da Silva|
|Silent Witness is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Jade Tiara by El Moxie. He was born around 1999 in Australia, and was bred by Mr I K Smith.|
Hong Kong Sprint (2003 & 2004)|
International Sprint Trial (2003 & 2004)
Sprinters Stakes (2005)
Hong Kong Champion Sprinter (2004 & 2005)|
Hong Kong Horse of the Year (2004 & 2005)
World's Champion Sprinter (2003, 2004, 2005)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on january 1 2008|
Silent Witness (Template:Zh) (foaled 1.October, 1999) was a racehorse in Hong Kong that won 17 consecutive sprint races. Born in Australia, he was trained by Tony Cruz, riden by Felix Coetzee and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Antonio da Silva.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club made a website for him, making him the first horse with its own website in Hong Kong. The Jockey Club also sells gifts for him. On 24 April 2005, the day Silent Witness won his 17th consecutive race, the Jockey Club gave memorial caps to people, which led to a trampling incident.
Silent Witness is sometimes compared to another Hong Kong champion, Co-Tack, and the American horse Cigar who won 16 consecutive races.
He won the Hong Kong Sprint back-to-back in 2003 and 2004 and also won six other major Group 1 Sprints in 2004 and 2005. After the 17 consecutive wins, Silent Witness attempted the mile race in the Champions Mile on May 2005 at Sha Tin Racecourse. The champion was beaten by Bullish Luck by a short head just two steps before the winning post.
However, Silent Witness tried the second attempt on the mile by going to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Yasuda Kinen in June. Again, he ran great but was beaten by Asakusa Den'en, a Japanese horse, just a few steps before the winning post.
A mile is the maximum length that he could run. On October 2, 2005, he took part in the Sprinters Stakes, which is a Group 1 Sprint Race in Japan over 1200m. Silent Witness won the race easily by 1-1/4 lengths with a time of 1.07.3 seconds, 0.3 seconds slower than the track record time.
For the three years from 2003 to 2005, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris ranked Silent Witness the world's fastest sprinter.
Silent Witness has recently been retired, after his last race on the Sha Tin Racecourse on February 4, 2007. 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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Aboolcarim, Zoher "The Measure of a Horse," Time, February 29, 2007:p. 52.