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Champion Chief De Beers Dies a Living Legend
One of Queensland racing’s finest sons has died, at the ripe old age of 28-years. Iconic galloper Chief De Beers, who’d been growing long in the tooth at Melbourne’s Living Legends for many years, was reported by AAP as having been euthanased following protracted treatment for a long-standing illness. The diminutive son of Hula Chief brought new meaning to the expression: Horses for Courses. Including garnering group placings at five other racetracks, in a 51-start career that netted 42 in-the-money finishes, Chief De Beers only ever won at one racecourse, and that was Doomben – often a tricky track for racehorses. So lopsided was his Doomben dominance, Chief De Beers triumped 21 times at the Brisbane course including all the major Gr1 and other feature sprints. Another of his Doomben wins saw the later police horse cart 64.5kg to victory, endearing him to a state that loves their top-flight gallopers who just don’t know when to quit. RIP champion.