Silent Witness did everything expected of him as he racked up win No. 17 in yesterday's Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin and simultaneously opened up a world of possibilities. The champion's record-breaking win caused both jubilation and chaos off the track, as 26 racing fans were injured in a stampede to snatch up commemorative caps. Archie da Silva gave Felix Coetzee a victory kiss after Silent Witness finished the 1,400 metre race - his first at the longer distance - with ease. 'I was very, very confident he would win when they turned for home,' da Silva said. 'And Felix said he has not yet got to the bottom of him. He might have won by 13/4 lengths but he could have won by four or five.' Trainer Tony Cruz said the equine superstar would press on to tackle the Group One Champions Mile on May 14. 'He's already made history; he's won 17 in a row and broken all modern records,' Cruz said. 'And if he wins the Champions Mile, yes, we'll go to Japan as well, to race in the Yasuda Kinen in June.' Silent Witness moved further into star territory with this victory. His 17th win left behind three of the all-time legends of thorough-bred racing - Ribot, Citation and Cigar, who each scored 16 successive wins. The Sha Tin grandstands were packed with 50,000-plus fans, many sporting the green and black colours of owners Archie and Betty da Silva, and they made a level of noise that the jockeys could hear far away in the back straight at the 1,400 metres start. It was an atmosphere like Sha Tin had never felt in all its 26 years. Silent Witness may have been on trial at this new distance but as far as the fans were concerned, the result was a formality, with the only interest being in the identity of the minor placegetters and the margin of victory. Once again, the champ won the prize and earned his followers the minimum return of $10.50 (for $10) for the win and a place dividend of $10.10. Town Of Fionn, handled by Corey Brown, ran a mighty race for second while Planet Ruler (Gerald Mosse) overcame an early-race check and some traffic problems in the straight to finish third. Cruz said he and Coetzee had formulated their game-plan before the race. And the plan was a simple one - attack. 'I wanted him to begin fast and to show them we mean business,' Cruz said. 'I wanted to put the pressure on them before they put the pressure on us.' Coetzee said he was never worried at any stage and marvelled at the ease with which the great one ambled around the corner, repeatedly pricking his ears in case anyone doubted just how effortless this really was. 'He worked a bit early but when he came around the home turn, with his ears pricked, he was absolutely cantering,' Coetzee said. 'I thought then he would win very, very easily.' But Silent Witness didn't streak away to score by a big margin. He relaxed, changed stride and some-how looked less fluent than he has in other races. His jockey says that although he was urging the champ along, the horse himself knew it was a case of mission accom-plished, and he eased himself up. 'It was exactly like the last international win, exactly the same feel,' Coetzee said. 'Once he felt he had them covered, it was like he was saying to me, 'Leave me alone, that will do'. 'That's not to say his reflexes won't be there. I think, if something did come, that he would pick up immediately. But he's a very intelligent horse, in so many ways, and it's like he knows the race is in the bag and he doesn't exert himself unnecessarily. I didn't push him out any more or less than usual. He just made himself comfortable.'