The galloper champion Might And Power has died at the age of 26 after a fight with colic.
New Zealand was born and raised a native descendant superstar, who issued the Gr 1 Caufield Cup (2400m) and Gr 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) double in 1997, is a resident of the Living Legends retirement home near Melbourne and was rushed to the Werribee Equine Center on Saturday night but could not be saved.
Carried by the Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge, the son of champion Sire Zabeel is owned by Sydney businessman Nick Moraitis, trained by Jack Denham and gained national fame with a record of 7-1 / 2 in length which broke the previous Caulfield Cup victory record under former Kiwi racer, Jimmy Cassidy.
He supported him to lead all the way and hold another New Zealand star at Doriemus to win the Melbourne Cup.
The following year he won five other Group One races including Cox Plate (2040m) to join Rising Fast as the only other winner of the three and the Melbourne Cup winner in power since Phar Lap to win the heavyweight championship.
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He was twice named the Australian Horse of the Year.
Living Legends chief executive, Dr. Andrew Clarke, said he and his team were heartbroken because of losing one horse once in a lifetime.
“Our hearts are with owner Nick Moraitis and many of Bob’s fans, and also to our extraordinary staff who care for him every day. Living Legends will never be the same without our valuable Might And Power,” Clarke said.
The Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double from Melbourne Might And Power earned him the title of world’s best player in 1997.
The castration came from the second harvest of sensations based at Cambridge Stud, Zabeel and the first of three Melbourne Cup winners, followed by Jezabeel and Efficient.
Might And Power won 15 of 33 starts and over A $ 5.2 million.
He retired in 1999 after suffering a tendon injury and became one of the most popular horses in Living Legends which is open to the public.
Might And Power is also a regular at the Melbourne Cup annual parade and participates in many promotional activities. – NZ Race Table
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