The King of Doomben Passes Away at 28

Friday, 17 July 2020

The Brisbane Racing Club is saddened to hear of the loss of champion galloper Chief De Beers, who passed away peacefully at Living Legends in Victoria at the age of 28.

The two-time winner of the Doomben 10,000 (1995 & 1998) won 20 of his 51 starts, earning almost $1.6 million. All of Chief De Beers wins came at Doomben.

“Chief was only small in stature but he was big on attitude and spark and kept us laughing right until the end,” Living Legends CEO & Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke said in a statement.

“He will be sorely missed at Living Legends and his unique achievements as a champion both on and off the track will be his lasting legacy.”

After retiring from racing, Chief De Beers served as a police horse in Queensland and was awarded the prestigious Blue Cross Medal for his service to the community between 1999 and his retirement in 2012.

Chief De Beers will be cremated and laid to rest in the memorial garden at Living Legends alongside past champions including Might And Power, Better Loosen Up and Doriemus.

Source: Racenet

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