Might And Power honoured with Group 1 rename
- The Caulfield Stakes will now run as The Might And Power
- This Group One will remain as a key part of the Caulfield Guineas program
- In another major change from the MRC, the Thousand Guineas will now move back to the Wednesday
Jockey Jessica Eaton aboard 'Might and Power' during the 2019 Caulfield Cup Carnival Media Launch. (Getty)
The Melbourne Racing Club have announced some key changes ahead of the 2021 Spring Carnival which will see the Neds Caulfield Stakes now run as The Might And Power.
A weight-for-age 2000m contest that was given Group One status back in 1979, this feature has many famous winners on the its honour roll including the 1998 winner, Might And Power, who saluted in what was then the Yalumba Stakes en route to winning the Cox Plate, holding the record time until Winx broke it in 2015.
The seven-time Group One winner that famously romped in with the 1997 Caulfield Cup to the tune of seven and a half lengths before a nail-biting Melbourne Cup triumph later that spring, he passed away on April 11, 2020 at the age of 26.
A bold front runner that captivated racing fans on the track, Might And Power became equally as popular in retirement, serving as the 'Lord Mayor' at Living Legends where along with receiving visits from fans, he made countless appearances at the races, parades, schools and hospitals.
Via a press release on the Melbourne Racing Club website, MRC Executive Director of Racing and Operations, Jake Norton spoke on the recent changes to Caulfield Cup Carnival.
“Throughout our racing calendar, we recognise many horses who have achieved greatness and left their mark on the Heath. It’s only befitting we add Might And Power to the honour roll and immortalise the horse in the Carnival’s fixture,” Norton said said.
Of the new scheduling of The Thousand Guineas; “Having The Thousand Guineas headline the day (Wednesday) will reinvigorate proceedings on and off track and we’re hopeful of seeing continued engagement and excitement with increased field sizes and attendance trackside.”