Might And Power (Image: Living Legends)
Might And Power, one of the all-time greats of the Australian turf, has died.
Living Legends confirmed the sad news via Twitter on Sunday morning after the 26-year-old was humanely euthanized at the Werribee Equine Hospital following a bout of colic.
Dr Andrew Clarke from Living Legends paid tribute to the fan favourite, who was one of the original residents when the facility opened in 2006.
“I am incredibly sad to have to let you know that Might and Power was euthanised early this morning,” Clarke said.
“Our hearts are with owner Nick Moraitis, Bob’s (Might And Power) 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 thankyou to the Werribee Equine Centre for their efforts to save his life."
A son of Zabeel owned by Nick Moraitis and trained by Jack Denham, Might And Power debuted as a two-year-old in June 1996 – little more than a year before he would complete the famous Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double as a four-year-old in 1997.
He returned to Melbourne in 1998 to create history by winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Injury prompted Might And Power’s retirement with a record of 15 wins – including seven at Group 1 level - from his 33 career starts and he was later inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
WATCH: Might And Power's devastating Caulfield Cup win in 1997.