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The Chief who ruled Doomben

BY Bruce Clark - @snowyclark
2 years ago Horse Racing

Image courtesy Living Legends

He was simply known as 'The Chief' – especially in Brisbane and absolutely at Doomben.

And as they run the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on Saturday, no horse is more appropriately linked to the race than The Chief, who was known in the racebook as Chief De Beers.

Yes, Bernborough won it. Manikato and Takeover Target, too. A few won it twice, like Falvelon, Black Onyx and the popular Apache Cat, but there was no greater Doomben hero than The Chief.

Why? He won 20 races in his career and all of them were at Doomben. And no-one can explain why.

When he walked across the road to Eagle Farm, just 1.2 kilometres from winning post to winning post, seemingly built on similar soil and water supply, it was as if Superman’s kryptonite hit The Chief. He raced there eight times and was virtually treated as a scratching by the punters, never starting shorter than $9.

But when he was at Doomben, he was Superman. The record speaks for itself: 38 starts for those 20 wins. He ran in five Doomben 10,000s, winning as a three-year-old in 1995 from gate 17 for Mick Dittman, who hustled down to 51kg.

It took another three years to win it again with Da...

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