Sunday, February 27, 2005
Silent Witness, flawless as ever, makes it 15 wins for 15 starts
Every time he steps on the racecourse his name becomes engraved that bit deeper into Hong Kong racing folklore and today's events at Sha Tin were no exception: the genuinely sensational Silent Witness pummeled his way to a 15th straight success in the Centenary Sprint Cup (Gr.1-1,000m).
The world’s top ranked turf sprinter maintained his perfect career record in his customary eased-down manner and is now set fair to equal Citation and Cigar's North American record of 16 consecutive victories when he next starts in the Chairman's Sprint Prize, the final leg of the Champion Sprint Series, on April 3.
Ridden as usual by Felix Coetzee, Silent Witness raced about a length behind the speed early on, assumed control at halfway and drew away inside the final 200m to score by two lengths on a rain-affected track from Country Music with Multidandy four and a half lengths further behind.
Tony Cruz, Hong Kong's leading trainer, trained the first three past the post to reinforce his superiority in local Group One events. Silent Witness’ latest success took his bankroll beyond HK$40 million.
No horse has ever impacted on Hong Kong racing like this powerful five-year-old bay Australian-bred gelding.
In December last, Time Magazine listed him alongside world leaders in politics, sport and business as one of the People of the Year.
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