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Living legend at Echuca Cup

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March 11, 2018

Mighty moment: Jim Cassidy brings Might and Power back to scale after its exciting win in the 1997 Melbourne Cup. The champion stayer will be an exciting feature of Sunday's Echuca Cup festivities.

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

Might and Power is coming to Echuca Cup as part of Living Legends, an organisation bringing retired champion racehorses back to the public.

Echuca Racing Club chief executive Leigh Newton 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 $5million 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.

Tomorrow people can take a photo with the famous horse. He will be in stall 10 ready for visits.

‘‘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.

Newton was expecting more than 2000 people through the gates.

‘‘As well as the Living Legends being there, we have lots of activities for everyone on the day,’’ Newton said.

‘‘There will be a giant water-slide, which I dare say will be popular judging by the forecast, there will be ice-cream, 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, visit www.livinglegends.org.au

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