Might And Power was rated the world’s best stayer in 1997 when he won the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double as a four-year-old.
A free-striding, front-running style of racing made Might And Power an exciting racehorse and endeared him to racing fans across the nation. Might And Power broke course records in the Caulfield Cup, the Doomben Cup, and the Cox Plate, and won a number of races by big margins.
Might And Power had the speed to open up an early lead in a race, and the stamina to maintain it in the middle and closing stages. In the 1997 Caulfield Cup, jockey Jim Cassidy took him to the front and made the pace for the whole race, finishing seven-and-a-half lengths in front of the second horse, in a record time of 2 minutes 26.2 sec. The rest of the field was headed by 1995 winner Doriemus. Lee Freedman called it “The most amazing race I have ever seen”.
Despite a 3.5kg penalty in the 1997 Melbourne Cup, Cassidy employed the same tactics, bringing Might And Power home a winner by a short half head from Doriemus.
In the autumn of 1998, Might And Power again exerted his dominance with a crushing 10½ length victory in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He broke the course record when he won the Doomben Cup.
In the spring of 1998 he destroyed a crack field in Australia’s weight-for-age championship, the W.S. Cox Plate, taking a full two seconds off the course record set the previous year by Saintly.
Named Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999, Might And Power is the only horse to have led all the way to win both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
He became only the second horse, after Rising Fast in 1954, to win both Cups and the Cox Plate, and the first reigning Melbourne Cup winner since Phar Lap in 1931 to win the Cox Plate.
Might And Power was retired in 2000. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2002 and resides happily at Living Legends.
Foaled: 06/10/1993 (New Zealand)
Sire: Zabeel (NZ)
Dam: Benediction (IRE)
Breeder: Windsor Park Stud (NZ)
Trainer: Jack Denham
Owners: Nick Moraitis
Colours: White, Grey Sash, Pink Striped Sleeves, Grey Cap
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