Chief De Beers earned prize money on 42 occasions from 51 starts. All of his 20 wins were at Doomben.
Chief de Beers was placed in Group company at five other tracks around Australia (Eagle Farm, Gold Coast, Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley) but couldn’t win. However, on his day at Doomben he was unbeatable winning two Doomben 10,000s and nine other feature races at the track in the mid to late 1990s.
Six different jockeys shared in Chief De Beers 20 victories. Alan Russell won 8 races on him, Mick Dittman 7, Ken Waller 2, whilst Brad Richardson, Chris Maund and Gavan Duffy all won one race each about him.
Trained by Bill Calder, he won with up to 64.6kgs at Doomben which was a marvel as he was not a big horse.
Affectionately known as “The Chief” he was recruited into the Queensland Police force on retirement from racing on 14 July 1999. After a period of initial training Chief was exposed to all areas of mounted police duties that include Operational – Community Policing – Public Relations and Ceremonial activities. Chief completed numerous operational patrols (including CHOGM), a number of ceremonial escorts (Royal Queensland Show (RNA) Opening – Appointment of Queensland Governor) and attended numerous community events.
“The Chief” had a distinguished career in the police force including serving as the designated Governor’s police horse. A Vice Regal send off was held for “The Chief” in December 2012 prior to his arrival at Living Legends.
Date of Birth: 06/09/1991 in Australia
Sex: Gelding Color: Bay
Sire: Hula Chief (NZ) Dam: Diamonds for Rosie (AUS)
Grand Sire: Vain (AUS)
Breeder: Nautilus Stud Farm Partnership, VIC
Trainer: Bill Calder
Owners: Mr R B Greenup, Mrs M C Greenup, Mr R M Greenup, Mrs JM Greenup, Mr B T Chapman, Mrs C E Chapman
Prize Money: $1,589,650
Starts: 51 Wins: 20 2nds: 12 3rds: 5
- Doomben 10000 (1995)
- Doomben 10000 (1998)
|16/01/1999||Doomben||Good||1615||Bernbrough Hanidcap (LR)|
|23/05/1998||Doomben||Good||1350||BTC Sprint (G3)|
|09/05/1998||Doomben||Dead||1350||Doomben 10000 (G1)|
|13/12/1997||Doomben||Good||1200||AWA Stakes (LR)|
|18/01/1997||Doomben||Slow||1615||Bernbrough Handicap (LR)|
|28/12/1996||Doomben||Good||1350||Doomben Stakes (LR)|
|27/04/1996||Doomben||Heavy||1200||Foster’s Cup (G2)|
|13/05/1995||Doomben||Dead||1350||Doomben 10000 (G1)|
|02/04/1995||Doomben||Good||1350||Courier Mail Classic (LR)|
|10/12/1994||Doomben||Dead||1350||Doomben Stakes (LR)|
|26/11/1994||Doomben||Fast||1200||AWA Stakes (LR)|
|02/05/1994||Doomben||Heavy||1200||Coca Cola Classic (G3)|
|12/03/1994||Doomben||Slow||1200||2 Year Old Handicap|
See Chief De Beers Retires — 7 News, a video showing his retirement ceremony from the Queensland Police force.