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


TRAINER:Jack Denham

OWNERS: Nick Moraitis

RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 33 starts: 15 wins, 7 seconds, 1 third/$5,227,786

Major Wins 

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


There were no half measures with Might and Power. The horse with the high extravagant action, 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”. Twice he was voted Australia's Horse of the Year.

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 2min. 26.2sec. Lee Freedman called it "The most amazing race I have ever seen". Despite a 3.5kg penalty in the Melbourne Cup, Cassidy employed the same tactics, and brought 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 10 ½ length victory in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In the spring he destroyed a crack field in Australia's weight-for-age championship, the W.S. Cox Plate, taking a full two seconds off the record set the previous year by Saintly.

Might and Power was retired after suffering a tendon Injury in 1999.

He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame In 2002.

Image Source: Collin Bull