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Archie Da Silva

Archie da Silva offers prayer for fugitive who ran off with millions

The man who owns Hong Kong's most successful racehorse says he still prays for Gabriel Ricardo Dias-Azedo, even though the fugitive accountant allegedly ran off with millions of dollars he had placed in his trust. Archie da Silva, owner of the now retired Silent Witness, who is owed a substantial sum by Azedo, also said that he would not relish facing in court the man whom he still regards as a friend.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 5:10am

I wouldn't bet on it

When Archie da Silva sounds a caution in the area of buying horses, the casual investor would be wise to listen. 'People who go into it, go into it for the love of it, rather than the profit,' says da Silva, who owns Hong Kong's most successful horse, Silent Witness. 'It is rather difficult to make any money from it.'

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Just like old the days as Coetzee flies the famous colours

Felix Coetzee wasted little time bouncing straight back into a familiar role at his first meeting for the season, piloting Crown Witness to win for Tony Cruz in the colours made famous by former champion Silent Witness.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Happy Zero can be up with greats Silent Witness and Sacred Kingdom

Just one week after this column was lamenting the lack of rising stars to take the place of the retired champs of the past decade, along comes Happy Zero with a full complement of the assets that make a racehorse great.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Kingdom flop 'shows there's only one Witness'

'The moral of the story is that there is only one Silent Witness, and don't anyone forget it.'

The speaker was none other than Archie da Silva (pictured), owner of the former champion who was keen to get some perspective on Sacred Kingdom's right to be compared with the now-retired 'Spirit of Hong Kong'.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Witnessing a legend

Archie da Silva addresses guests during the opening ceremony of 'Silent Witness - A Racing Legend' exhibition at Happy Valley. Although Hong Kong's most famous horse has made his last appearance before flying out to take a well-earned retirement in Melbourne, Australia tomorrow, his legendary character and spirit will live on at the Hong Kong Racing Museum.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Final curtain for the great Silent Witness

Win or lose, 'Spirit of HK' will race for last time

Silent Witness, Hong Kong's greatest-ever racehorse, will go into retirement after tomorrow's Group One Centenary Sprint Cup, regardless of the race's outcome.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am