Dutch model Lara Stone with 1997 Melbourne Cup winner Might and Power . . Pic: Michael Klein
Dutch model Lara Stone with 1997 Melbourne Cup winner Might and Power . . Pic: Michael Klein

Vale Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power

Might And Power, one of Australian racing's immortals, has died after suffering a colic attack.

The winner of the 1997 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and the '98 Cox Plate, Might And Power was diagnosed with colic late on Saturday.

He was rushed to the Werribee Equine Centre for emergency surgery, but was unable to be saved.

Living Legends CEO and Veterinary Director Dr Andrew Clarke said he and his team are completely heartbroken.

 

Might and Power (Jim Cassidy) stretches out to defeat Doriemus (Greg Hall) by a nose to win the 1997 Melbourne Cup. pass the post.
Might and Power (Jim Cassidy) stretches out to defeat Doriemus (Greg Hall) by a nose to win the 1997 Melbourne Cup. pass the post.

 

 

 

"I am incredibly sad to have to let you know that Might and Power was euthanised in the early hours of this morning," Dr Clarke said.

"Our hearts are with owner Nick Moraitis and 'Bob's' many fans, and also to our wonderful staff who cared for him every day.

"Living Legends will never be the same without our treasured Might And Power.

"A special thank you to Werribee Equine Centre for their efforts to save his life."

Might And Power retired in 1999.

 

 

Owner Nick Moraitis leading Might And Power with jockey Jim Cassidy aboard after winning the 1997 Melbourne Cup.
Owner Nick Moraitis leading Might And Power with jockey Jim Cassidy aboard after winning the 1997 Melbourne Cup.

 

 

 

Foaled in 1993, and trained by Jack Denham, Might And Power was lauded as Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 and '99.

The Zabeel powerhouse was rated the world's best stayer when in '97 when, as a four-year-old, he won the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double.

He is defined by a staggering Caulfield Cup victory when, in trademark front-running style, he ran his rivals ragged to win by almost eight lengths, smashing the race record.

Lee Freedman called it "The most amazing race I have ever seen".

 

 

 

Might And Power returned the following spring to monster a crack field in the Cox Plate, lowering champion Saintly's race record by two seconds.

In doing so, 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 won 15 of his 33 race starts and $5,226,286 in prize money.

Might and Power bowed out after suffering a tendon Injury in 1999. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

Originally published as Vale Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power


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