A tribute to Might and Power took place at Flemington before the champion was laid to rest at Living Legends (Image: VRC)
One month to the day since his passing, Might And Power has been honoured with a final visit to Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley before being laid to rest in a moving ceremony at the expanded memorial garden at Living Legends.
Inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame in 2002, Might And Power - also known as Bob - captured the hearts of racing fans winning the rare treble of the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup (1997) and the Cox Plate a year later. Famous for his front-running style and demolition of his opponents, Might And Power was crowned World Champion Stayer in 1997 and Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 & 1999.
Might And Power (aka Bob) passed away from colic in the early hours of 12 April 2020 after nearly 13 years as the “Lord Mayor” of Living Legends, with countless appearances at racedays, city parades, schools and hospitals.
CEO and Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said it was important to give the 26-year-old a fitting farewell and recognise the role he played in so many people’s lives.
“Might And Power was one of our first three horses here at Living Legends, and he’s been with us on our whole journey so it’s especially sad to say goodbye but we remember what a positive impact he had on people’s lives well after his racing career was over.”
“Bob was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and we’re incredibly grateful to the Melbourne Racing Club, Victoria Racing Club and the Moonee Valley Racing Club for embracing this opportunity to celebrate his career,” Dr Clarke said.
The Bob’s Rainbow tribute is well underway at Living Legends, with the public invited to make a donation and add their chosen colour to the rainbow bridge next to Bob’s memorial in his honour. Fans can also leave a personal tribute on the Bob’s Rainbow website.
“Since the huge outpouring of grief and love that we saw in the wake of his passing, we’ve been working behind the scenes to expand and rebuild our memorial garden in time to welcome our champ to his forever home and give the public a chance to be part of his legacy,” Dr Clarke said.
The website for donations and tributes is: https://www.charidy.com/bobsrainbow
Each donation will see an individually numbered colour added to the rainbow bridge, and fans can find their numbered piece when they visit, post COVID-19 restrictions.
If the fundraising campaign is successful, monies raised will also support the establishment of a Might And Power gazebo in the near future - a place for all visitors to enjoy, with wheelchair access and seating areas for reflection.