• The week’s significant milestones
26 Might And Power
Australia: Legendary front-runner Might And Power, one of Australian racing’s all-time greats, died of colic on Saturday [April 11] aged 26 at the Living Legends equine retirement facility.
Trained by Jack Denham and ridden to his most celebrated successes by Jim Cassidy, the NZ-bred gelding was a seven-time G1 winner in the 1990s. Horse of the Year in both 1997 and 1998, he is one of the few horses to win all three ‘crown jewels’ of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, namely the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.
100 Joao Moreira
Hong Kong: The Brazilian ‘Magic Man’, who has his nose in front in another fierce struggle with Zac Purton for the jockeys’ title, brought up the century with the middle leg of a treble at Sha Tin on Sunday [April 12]. The three-time champion hit the hundred on the Doug Whyte-trained handicap winner Enzemble, who landed the eighth race on the card. Moreira also won the tenth race, while a single winner on the card for Purton makes it 101-97 in their title battle.
6 Elyce Smith
Australia: Queensland apprentice Elyce Smith put her name in lights when she rode a six-timer from eight rides at the minor meeting at Emerald on Sunday [April 12]. Apprenticed to her father Fred at Rockhampton, the 22-year-old has ridden 56 winners this season. Despite her success, however, she says she is likely to be hanging up her boots next year as she is studying to be a schoolteacher.
143 Gai Waterhouse
Australia: Racing’s first lady Gai Waterhouse recorded the 143rd G1 winner of her career on Saturday [April 11] when Con Te Partiro beat hot favourite Funstar in the Coolmore Legacy Stakes on Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick. In a former life, the much travelled mare won the Sandringham at Royal Ascot for US trainer Wesley Ward. Waterhouse now trains in partnership with Adrian Bott.
193m British racing
GB: According to the Racing Post, the British racing industry faces an estimated loss of £193m in revenues if the sport is shut down until July owing to the coronavirus crisis, resulting in a net cash impact of £55m. The figures were included in a letter to trainers from the British Horseracing Authority, which is calling on various sectors of the sport to support a financial aid submission to government. In the meantime, there is still talk of a May 1 resumption of Flat racing behind closed doors.