The mother of the world's best sprinter Silent Witness (El Moxie--Jade Tiara, by Bureaucracy) is in foal to one of the greatest racehorses Australia has ever produced in Lonhro (by Octagonal). Silent Witness, now chasing Cigar's 16-win streak, made it 13 from 13 by absolutely thrashing his rivals in the Hong Kong Sprint Dec. 12 at Sha Tin Race Course over five furlongs.
The ease of his win beating group/grade I winners from France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and England in doing so, prompted the international handicapping community to rate him not only the best sprinter on the planet (either surface), but some were even suggesting he was now the best turf sprinter ever! It therefore is a real coup for Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia. to have Jade Tiara visit and as of last week, get in foal to Lonhro, the 12-time group I winner of A$5,790,510 (U.S.$4,402,900) who stood his debut season in Australia this year at a fee of A$60,000 (U.S$46,000). He covered 155 mares first go with a 95% fertility rate. Emirates Park Stud stallion El Moxie (by Conquistador Cielo), the sire of Silent Witness, coincidentally also stands in Australia, and he too received a big book of mares on the back of his famous son. He covered 125 mares at A$15,000. A half-sister to Silent Witness will by offered for sale at Easter time in Sydney with the Hong Kong buyers expected to turn up in droves. By Ric Chapman