Might and Power Stakes 2024 Tips, Betting, Odds, Horses & More 2024

The Might and Power Stakes is a weight-for-age race held each year at Caulfield Racecourse. In 2024, the race will be run on Saturday, October 12 and the distance is slated at 2,000m. We always see some of the best horses come to Caulfield for a crack at the $1 million in prize money that’s on offer.

Might and Power Stakes Information

We’ve got some quick facts that you need to know about the Might and Power Stakes to get you started. Check out all the details below:

📅Date:Saturday 12th October, 2024
⌚Race Time:TBA
📏Race Distance:2,000 metres
🛣️Racecourse:Caulfield Racecourse
🏅Status:Group 1
🏆Prize Money:$1,000,000
🏇2023 Winner:Alligator Blood

About the Might and Power Stakes

The Might and Power Stakes, previously known as the Caulfield Stakes, is one of Victoria’s top weight-for-age events for 3YOs+ and is run at a distance of 2,000m. First run all the way back in 1886, the Might and Power Stakes is now a central part of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. 

Many runners see the Might and Power Stakes as the perfect lead-up to the all-important Cox Plate, which is run two weeks later under the same conditions and similar distance. The Cox Plate is worth a cool $5 million, so runners who perform well in the Might and Power Stakes would certainly be thinking about heading to Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Due to the impact of being the ideal lead-up run to the Cox Plate, we almost always see a high-quality field in the Might and Power Stakes. We’ll go into detail later on this page about some of the best-ever horses that have competed and won this race. 

Along with the Might and Power Stakes, two other Group 1 races take place at Caulfield Racecourse on the same day. Those two races are the Caulfield Guineas and the Toorak Handicap. With all this racing at Caulfield, it’s no wonder many believe it to be one of the top tracks in the country.

The team here at OnlyRacing.com.au loves Group 1 racing and we cover every single Group 1 race on the calendar. For each race, including the Might and Power Stakes, we take a deep dive into all the major aspects of the event. We cover things like tips, betting and odds, as well as general information like field, form guide and results.

When it comes to prize money, there’s a cool $1 million on the line. On top of this, there’s another bonus of $1 million in prize money if a runner wins both the Might and Power Stakes along with the Cox Plate two weeks later. Check out the table below for a breakdown of the prize money for the Might and Power Stakes specifically:

Place:Prize Money:
6th, 7th & 8th$20,000

Might and Power Stakes Tips

Who would like some free horse racing tips? You do, of course! Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place. We love providing horse racing tips, so much so that we tip every Group 1 race on the calendar, on top of the general weekly tips we provide. You’ll be drowning in horse racing tips!

For the 2024 Might and Power Stakes, our tips aren’t available at this stage. Our horse racing expert is waiting until the final field is confirmed so they can properly evaluate all the live chances in the race. When the time is right our expert will provide three tips for the race, their best bet, next best and best roughie.

Seeing that you’re already here, why don’t you check out the tips our expert put together for the Might and Power Stakes in 2023? We’ll update this with the latest tips as soon as our expert has crunched the numbers. Check out our Might and Power Stakes tips below:

Might and Power Stakes Best Bet - Duais

It’s currently a three-horse race, well, according to the market anyway, with Just Fine the narrow $3.10 favourite ahead of Alligator Blood, currently listed at $3.40, with Duais also in the mix at $4.00. But for my best bet, I’m siding with Duais! I know she has been difficult for us punters over the last year, but I really think she has got it in the bag on Saturday.

She showed some good promise in the Underwood Stakes, running some nice splits in the closing stages of the race. She needs to settle in well from the jump and this is vital for her success. If she gets out of the gates well, she’ll win. If not, she’s got a bit of work on her hands, especially with my next best, who I think will be breathing down her neck!

Might and Power Stakes Next Best - Alligator Blood

So, it comes down to either Just Fine or Alligator Blood for my next best. It was a difficult decision but I think if anyone can beat Duais, it’s Alligator Blood. While Duais put in a solid performance in the Underwood Stakes, this boy won it! He went through the gears well and looked to have a bit in the tank at the end.

The thing I’m not 100% certain about is the 2,000m. Yes, he ran the Underwood Stakes well, but this is another 200m. He did run some good races last Spring behind the likes of Anamoe, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him perform well and give this a red-hot crack. Tim Clark needs to land him in the top five and then the hard work is done.

Might and Power Stakes Best Roughie - Hezashocka

Hezashocka is an interesting horse, a bit hit and miss, but if he can hit in the Might and Power Stakes, he is paying $41 at the moment! I think he lives for the tough fight and loves going up against the class horses. On his day, he could put in a great performance in a little race called the Cox Plate. But will it be his day?

His efforts in Group 1s during Autumn were admirable, so I’m hoping for a little bit of luck on his side. He didn’t perform well in the Naturalism Stakes, but he drew poorly and his second-up form is poor. If there’s a little bit of rain around, that certainly wouldn’t hurt his chances either. A little bit of a throw at stumps, but worth the risk I think.

We’ll be updating the above tips as soon as our expert gives us the go-ahead, so make sure you check back again here during race week!

Might and Power Stakes Betting

If you’re planning to bet on the Might and Power Stakes, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of, especially if you’re not a regular punter. Firstly, there are several different bookies you can bet with. Secondly, there are heaps of markets available to bet on as well!

With so many bookies and markets to choose from, how could you possibly make a choice? Well, that’s where OnlyRacing can help you! We have evaluated all the top betting sites in Australia and provided our thoughts on them, just head to our bookies reviews page.

You don’t have to stick with just one bookie either if you don’t want to. Nothing is stopping you from opening up accounts with multiple bookies, in fact, it’s something that we recommend. By opening accounts with several bookies, it becomes easier to shop around for the best odds and betting promotions.

Some of the bookies that we think you’ll like include; PlayUp, PuntNow and Picklebet. These three bookies all offer something a little different, but they all provide a positive betting experience. The best betting apps in Australia aren’t hard to find, you just need to know where to look!

Along with choosing a bookie, another choice you need to know is what to bet on. Each year, all the top bookies in Australia will open up heaps of markets for the Might and Power Stakes. You are truly spoilt for choice, but remember, you should only place bets on markets that you fully understand.

If you’re new to the world of horse racing betting, it’s a good idea to stick to the simpler bets, like Fixed Win or Place bets. Then, after you’ve built up your skills and knowledge, you can try some of the more exotic type bets, like Multis, Quaddies or First Fours, etc.

Might and Power Stakes Field

The field for the Might and Power Stakes in 2024 hasn’t been confirmed just yet. We usually see the final field confirmed during race week. While we don’t know which runners will be competing in the race in 2024, if history is anything to go by, we will see a batch of top-notch runners fighting it out!

If you can’t wait until race week, you can check out the odds, if they are available. The current odds market will show you which runners are more favoured for the Might and Power Stakes and therefore more likely to pop up in the final field. We have more information on this in our “Odds” section later on this page.

While we can’t showcase the runners who will line up in the Might and Power Stakes field for 2024, we can tell you which runners took part in the race in 2023. Check out the table below:

1ALLIGATOR BLOODGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark359kg
2VOW AND DECLAREDanny O’BrienBilly Egan859kg
3NONCONFORMISGrahame BeggHarry Coffey559kg
4ALENQUER (FR)Michael MoroneyMark Zahra759kg
5HEZASHOCKA (NZ)Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Damian Lane959kg
6JUST FINE (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottJordan Childs459kg
7FORGOT YOU (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungJohn Allen659kg
8LINDERMANNChris WallerJoao Moreira158kg
9DUAISEdward CummingsBlake Shinn1057kg
10DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE)Michael KentWiremu Pinn (a)257kg

In the Might and Power Stakes for 2023, we saw a field of 10 runners line up, with no emergencies listed. It didn’t matter in the end, as there weren’t any pre-race scratchings, so all 10 runners took their place in the race to fight it out for the biggest slice of the $1 million prize.

It’s not fun to see, but scratchings do happen fairly regularly in horse racing. There are many different reasons as to why connections choose to scratch their runner and it can happen any time from when the final field is announced to right before the race is set to jump. This is why it’s important to keep an eye on things, especially if you’ve got a bet on the race.

Something else that you should focus on is the barrier draw. Certain barriers have seen more success than compared to overs over the years. On top of this, runners have different race styles that are better suited for an inside or a wider barrier, so there are certainly a lot of things to weigh up.

Might and Power Stakes Form Guide

Checking out the Might and Power Stakes form guide is critical if you want to use data and stats to help you find a winner. Those punters who prefer to bet with their hearts, you can keep scrolling! With a race like the Might and Power Stakes, that has been running for a long time now, there’s a lot of data to go through.

We’ve gone through all the recent data and found that some patterns have emerged. These key form indicators can help point you in the direction of a winner. While this isn’t foolproof, it is recommended to make choices based on the data. Check out the patterns and pieces of information we found below!

We see some of the best middle-distance runners hit the turf each year for the Might and Power Stakes. As previously touched on, the Might and Power Stakes is one of the best lead-up races to the Cox Plate, so it means we usually see a high-quality field with several already being Group 1 winners.

In terms of ideal lead-up races for the Might and Power Stakes, we usually see runners moving up in distance as they go through their preps, so some of the races to look into include the Memsie Stakes, the Makybe Diva Stakes, the Underwood Stakes and the Turnbull Stakes.

Since 2006, the most successful lead-up race has been the Underwood Stakes in particular, with 10 Might and Power Stakes winners competing in that race. Alligator Blood was the last runner to successfully complete the Underwood Stakes - Might and Power Stakes double in 2023.

Good news for all those favourite backers out there, it’s been a happy hunting ground in the Might and Power Stakes! Since 2009, we have seen seven favourites win the race. On top of this, since 2012, we have only seen one double-digit odds winner in the race.

If you’re looking for the most successful age group, you should stick with 4YOs and 5YOs. These two ages have completely dominated the honour roll since 2009, as there have only been three occasions where a runner not from those age groups has won the Might and Power Stakes.

Mares don’t usually have a lot of success in the Might and Power Stakes. Since 1986, we’ve only seen three mares win the race, which were; Probabeel (2021), Winx (2016) and Atlantic Jewel (2013). You should also look for runners who come into the race in some form. Since 2009, we have seen nine winners finish in the top two in their lead-up run.

Might and Power Stakes Horses

Each year, we see some of the best-ever horses compete in the Might and Power Stakes. With a race that has been around for as long as this one has, there are plenty of high-quality horses that have tasted victory. This section is dedicated to the best of the best Might and Power Stakes horses.

We pick the best horses and talk more about their career, honours and achievements. While we’d love to feature all the top horses, we only have room for a handful, which has meant we’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. Keep reading below to find out the horses we have picked:

Eurythmic - 1920-1922

Eurythmic won the Might and Power Stakes three years in a row, but this is not the only race he won three years in a row, he also won the Memsie Stakes from 1920 to 1922! He finished his career with an impressive record of 47:31-6-4 and he has been inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Ajax - 1938

Ajax won a whole stack of Group One races throughout his career, including the 1928 Might and Power Stakes. The Frank Musgrave-trained stallion had a career record of 46:36-7-2, which included victories in the Cox Plate, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Newmarket Handicap and the Underwood Stakes.

Kingston Town - 1981 & 1982

The 1980 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, Kingston Town won the Might and Power Stakes in both 1981 and 1982. The Australian Racing Hall of Famer has a Group 1 race named after him, the Kingston Town Classic, which is raced each year at Ascot Racecourse.

Might And Power - 1998

Of course, we’re going to talk about Might And Power, the horse the race is now named after! Might And Power was named the Australian Horse of the Year in both 1998 and 1999. The gelding won key Group 1 races like the Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Winx - 2016

If Winx won the race, you can almost guarantee that she will make the list of best-ever horses. With over $26 million in prize money, Winx was named the Australian Horse of the Year for four seasons in a row, from 2015/6 to 2018/9. She even has a Group 1 race named after her, the Winx Stakes.

Might and Power Stakes Odds

The Might and Power Stakes odds will tell you which runners are more favoured to win the race. But remember, even though a runner has short odds, it doesn’t automatically guarantee that they will win the race. Anything can happen in horse racing and longshot roughies win all the time.

As we get closer to race day, all the top Aussie bookies will open up more horse racing markets. There are always heaps of markets to bet on, so no matter what you fancy, you’ll probably find a market to bet on! It’s important to stick with markets that you understand though, you can always build up your knowledge base.

Our top bookie for Might and Power Stakes odds, PlayUp, is yet to release their odds for the race. We will keep our eyes peeled though and update you with all the latest odds information as they become available. When the odds are released, you’ll notice they are constantly changing, so if you find a good price, jump on it!

Something else we recommend is looking into what stage the market is in. If the market is listed as “Before Noms” we think this is a great time to place your bets because if your runner doesn’t make the final field, you’ll get your stake back. You’ll also potentially get better odds for your chosen runner than compared to if you bet on the day of the race.

Don’t forget to check back here regularly as we will list the Might and Power Stakes odds from PlayUp when the market is released.

Might and Power Stakes History

The Might and Power Stakes has a long and rich history. First run in 1886 when won by Isonomy, the race has grown into a massive powerhouse and key event in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, which is one of the biggest horse racing carnivals of the year and watched by millions around Australia and the world.

With a race that has been around since 1886, there are bound to be some changes. Over the years, we’ve seen multiple changes to the race name, as well as the race distance. Since inception, there have been five changes to the race name, which include:

  • 1886-1996: Caulfield Stakes
  • 1997-2010: Yalumba Stakes
  • 2011-2015: Caulfield Stakes
  • 2016-2020: Neds Caulfield Stakes
  • 2021-Now: Might And Power Stakes

Along with the changes to the race name, we’ve seen four changes over the years to the event’s distance. Check out all the changes below:

  • 1886-1887: 1,800 metres
  • 1888: 2,000 metres
  • 1889-1967: 1,800 metres
  • 1968-Now: 2,000 metres

From 1886 until 1978, the Might and Power Stakes was known as a Principal Race. From 1979, the race was then classified as a Group 1 and has been ever since! The Might and Power Stakes has almost always been run at Caulfield Racecourse, but it was briefly moved to Flemington Racecourse during World War II.

In 2016, we saw the smallest ever Group 1 field in the history of Australian racing when just three, yes three, runners took part in the Might and Power Stakes. Why? Because Winx was in that field and she certainly did a good job scaring off any rivals, not that it would have mattered anyway!

Might and Power Stakes Results

Straight after the Might and Power Stakes has been run, those not lucky enough to watch the race live will be searching online for the results. If that’s you, or if you’ve just come to relive all the action, our Might and Power Stakes results section is for you! We have the finishing order of all runners, plus a full race replay.

For the Might and Power Stakes in 2023, we saw the second favourite, Alligator Blood, win the race by 2L. Before winning the Might and Power Stakes, Alligator Blood was victorious in the Underwood Stakes. Vow And Declare, a $71 chance of taking out the race, finished in second place and was paying $8.00 just to place!

Duais, who was one of the more favoured runners in the race, finished in third place, 3L off the pace. There was a total of 10.35L that separated the first and last runners across the finishing line and the race was run in a time of 2:01.98.

Check out the full Might and Power Stakes results below:

11ALLIGATOR BLOODGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark-359kg
22VOW AND DECLAREDanny O’BrienBilly Egan2L859kg
39DUAISEdward CummingsBlake Shinn3L1057kg
43NONCONFORMISTGrahame BeggHarry Coffey6L559kg
54ALENQUER (FR)Michael MoroneyMark Zahra6.75L759kg
610DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE)Michael KentWiremu Pinn (a)7.25L257kg
75HEZASHOCKA (NZ)Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Damian Lane8.5L959kg
88LINDERMANNChris WallerJoao Moreira8.6L158kg
97FORGOT YOU (NZ)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungJohn Allen9.35L659kg
106JUST FINE (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottJordan Childs10.35L459kg

Might and Power Stakes Replay

You know where each runner finished in the Might and Power Stakes, now check out how the race unfolded below:

Might and Power Stakes Winners

Each year, only one can win the Might and Power Stakes (unless we see an epic dead heat!). Take a look at the table below which shows all the latest Might and Power Stakes winners:

2023Alligator Blood
2020Arcadia Queen
2019Cape Of Good Hope
2017Gailo Chop
2013Atlantic Jewel
2012Ocean Park
2010So You Think

Might and Power Stakes FAQs

Before we let you go, we’ve got one final section for you to feast your eyes on. Our Might and Power Stakes FAQs section aims to answer all the common questions people have about the race. Check out all the details below:

Where to bet on the Might and Power Stakes?

It’s an important decision to make, so you want to ensure you have all the information before making a choice. There are so many different bookies to choose from in Australia and we have reviews on all the top ones! This means you can get all the important information you need, so you can make an informed choice.

How to bet on the Might and Power Stakes?

For the Might and Power Stakes, there are plenty of markets to bet on. Our bookie reviews page can help you out again as one of the sections on the page focuses on all the different available markets with each bookie. It’s important to only bet on markets that you fully understand.

How to watch the Might and Power Stakes?

There are four main options available to you if you want to watch the Might and Power Stakes live. You can watch the race on free-to-air, Foxtel, Kayo or even through a bookie if they offer live-streaming services for domestic races.

When is the Might and Power Stakes?

The Might and Power Stakes is scheduled for Saturday 12th October 2024 and will be one of three Group 1 races to take place on the same day.

How long is the Might and Power Stakes?

The Might and Power Stakes is a middle-distance race and is slated at 2,000 metres.

Where is the Might and Power Stakes?

The Might and Power Stakes takes place each year at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

Who won the most recent edition of the Might and Power Stakes?

In 2023, we saw Alligator Blood win the Might and Power Stakes. Alligator Blood took out the Group 1 Underwood Stakes before winning the Might and Power Stakes.

What is the prize money for the Might and Power Stakes?

For the Might and Power Stakes, there is a total of $1 million in prize money on the line, with the winner walking away with a hefty $600K.

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