Might and Power was being rated the equal of immortals such as Tulloch and Kingston Town, and had proved to be probably the best horse to have raced in Australia for some time, before his untimely breakdown in March 1999. He has bowed a tendon, and it is unclear whether the horse can come back from the injury, as many horses are not able to do so. He will be given a long spell, and then assessed at a suitable time. We are unlikely to see the horse for at least 12 months, but we all hope that he will avoid the fate of Saintly, who was retired without racing again after a similar injury and a long recouperation period.
He is the reigning Australian Horse of the Year, and although he did not race in the Autumn of 1999, he is still a chance to be voted Horse of the Year again this year on his efforts in the Spring of 1998, where he won the Caulfield Stakes and Cox Plate. Might and Power is by Zabeel, present Australasian Champion Sire. Zabeel is also the sire of the champion Octagonal, his full brother Mouawad, Zonda, Dignity Dancer, Champagne, Jezabeel, Bezeal Bay, and Sky Heights.
Might and Power's has won 7 Group 1 races. They were the 1997 Caulfield Cup (by 7 lengths), the 1997 Melbourne Cup, the 1998 Mercedes-Classic (by five lengths), the 1998 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (by 10 lengths), the 1998 Doomben Cup, the 1998 Caulfield Stakes, and the 1998 Cox Plate, which he won in record time.
His free, front running style makes him an exciting horse, and he has been taken to heart by the Australian people. He is particularly popular in Melbourne. He was invited to complete in the 1998 Japan Cup, but his connections elected to bypass the Cup, and the horse went for a well deserved spell. He looked set to win the Japan Cup after an effortless win in the G2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington, but his connections were concerned about the effects of the trip to Japan, and put the interests of the horse first.
Might and Power is trained by Jack Denham, owned by Nick Moraitis, and has been ridden by Jimmy Cassidy in most of his wins. Brian York was reunited with the horse for some of his 1998 victories.