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The might of a true champion on show

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March 09, 2018

Jim Cassidy brings Might and Power back to scale after its exciting win in the 1997 Melbourne Cup.

MIGHT and Power was rated the world’s best stayer when as a four-year-old he completed the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double in 1997.

Now, 21 years on, he is coming to the twin towns as part of the Echuca Cup on Sunday.

Might and Power is coming up as part of Living Legends, an organisation established to bring retired champion racehorses back to the public, based near Melbourne Airport.

Echuca Racing Club chief executive officer Leigh Newton said he was expecting double the turnout of last year’s cup.

‘‘It’s huge to have the winning horse of the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in 1997, and the Cox Plate the year after,’’ Newton said.

‘‘He’s only the second ever after the first in 1954 to have won both cups and a plate.

‘‘He was very exciting in his time, and won over $5 million in prizemoney. There’s certainly been a lot of interest about that — you don’t often get the chance to meet such a successful horse,’’ he said.

On the day there will be a chance for patrons to grab a photo with the famous horse — he will be in stall 10 ready for visits from fans and families alike.

‘‘We’ll also be parading him in the yard at times, and he’ll have a walk up the home straight just before the big race. Everyone will have a chance to see him,’’ Newton said.

With the announcement of Might and Power joining the festivities of race day, Newton said he expected more than 2000 people through the gates on Sunday.

‘‘As well as the Living Legends being there, we have lots of activities for everyone on the day. There will be a giant water-slide which I dare say will be popular judging by the forecast; there will be icecream, crazy cup racing, foot races, live music, and a mechanical bucking bull.

‘‘There will also be free shuttle buses to and from the races, to about five locations across the twin cities to make sure everyone gets there and back safely,’’ Newton said.

Living Legends is a charitable organisation which relies on private and corporate donations and sponsorships.

To find out more, head to www.livinglegends.org.au

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