Might and Power

Might and Power with child at Living Legends


*Might And Power sadly passed away on Sunday 12 April 2020. 

Bob – as we knew him – will embark on a final “Lap Of Honour” where his ashes will be taken to Caulfield, Flemington & Moonee Valley on Tuesday 12 May, before being laid to rest in the memorial garden at Living Legends. He will take pride of place in the revamped garden by the lovelock bridge, joining other racing stars and former residents Better Loosen Up and Doriemus.

How to get involved:

Fans are invited to leave a tribute to Bob on this page, and help us build “Bob’s Rainbow” by making a donation in his honour. 

  • Make a $25 donation for the colour of your choice to be added to the rainbow and leave a tribute message online
  • Make a $200 donation to add all seven colours to the rainbow and leave a tribute message online
  • Leave a tribute message online (no donation required)
  • Make a separate donation of your choice and leave a tribute message online
  • Leave your message or make a donation here.

For each donation we will add your chosen colour/s to the rainbow, creating a stunning visual reminder of Bob for visitors to Living Legends in the future. Each piece of the rainbow will be individually numbered so you can find your piece of the rainbow when it’s ok to visit us again.

What is the fundraising for?

Donations are tax deductible and very gratefully received, and will be used to assist with funding of the memorial garden upgrade. If the campaign is successful in reaching its target, it will also fund a Might And Power gazebo to be built in the near future – a place for all visitors to enjoy, with wheelchair access and seating areas for reflection.


Might and Power (foaled 1993) was a New Zealand bred, Australian owned and trained Thoroughbred racehorse who was named Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999.

Might and Power was rated the world’s best stayer when in 1997 as a four-year-old he won the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double.

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 winning the Caulfield Cup, the Doomben Cup, and the Cox Plate, and won a number of races by big margins.

Might and Power demoralised and demolished his opponents. Said Les Carlyon: “The horse is a champion in the old fashioned sense of the word, a freak. He does things others can’t do”.

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 at the outset, made the pace for the whole race, and finished seven and a half lengths in front of the second horse, in a record time of 2 min. 26.2 sec. The rest of the field was headed by the 1995 winner Doriemus. Lee Freedman called it “The most amazing race I have ever seen”.

Despite a 3.5 kg penalty in the 1997 Melbourne Cup, Cassidy employed the same tactics, and brought Might and Power home a winner by a short half head from Doriemus. At the end of 1997, Might and Power was named World Champion Stayer.

In the autumn of 1998, Might and Power again exerted his dominance with a crushing 10 ½ length victory in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He broke the course record in winning 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. 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 was retired after suffering a tendon Injury in 1999. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.

Interesting Fact
Might and Power is the only horse to have led all the way to win both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Might and Power at Living Legends

Might and Power at Living Legends



Date of Birth: 06/10/1993 at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand

Sex: Gelding     Colour: Bay or Brown

Sire: Zabeel (NZ)     Dam: Benediction (IRE)
Grand Sire: Day is Done (IRE)

Trainer: Jack Denham

Owner: Nick Moraitis

Colours: White, Grey Sash, Pink Striped Sleeves, Grey Cap


Career Record

Prize Money: $5,226,286
Starts: 33       Wins: 15       2nds: 7       3rds: 1

Might and Power wining the Cox Plate 1998

Might and Power wining the Cox Plate 1998

Major Wins:

  • Caulfield Cup (1997)
  • Melbourne Cup (1997)
  • W.S. Cox Plate (1998)
  • Mercedes Classic (1998)
  • AJC and VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1998)
  • Doomben Cup (1998)
  • Caulfield Stakes (1998)
  • Yalumba Stakes (1998)


Date Venue Track Distance Race
07/11/1998 FLEM Good 2500 QUEEN ELIZ
24/10/1998 M V Good 2040 COX PLATE
10/10/1998 CAUL Slow 2000 YALUMBA
05/09/1998 RAND Heavy 1600 CHELMSFORD
23/05/1998 DOOM Good 2020 DOOM CUP
13/05/1998 GCST Good 1800 HOLLINDALE
25/04/1998 RAND Heavy 2000 QUEEN ELIZ
04/04/1998 RHIL Good 2400 MERCEDES
04/11/1997 FLEM Good 3200 MELB CUP
18/10/1997 CAUL Good 2400 CAUL CUP
23/08/1997 W FM Good 1200 SHOWCOUNTY
05/04/1997 RAND Good 2000 PACKER PLT
16/02/1997 CANT Dead 1900 3YO&UP-2MW
09/02/1997 CANT Good 1900 3YO&UPCL-3
24/07/1996 RAND Good 1400 2YO-NMW

World Champion Stayer (1997)
Australian Horse of the Year (1998, 1999)

Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2002)



Video: Might and Power — Cox Plate 1998

Video: Might and Power — Melbourne Cup 1997


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