Orson Allen Retired, Out Of Nationals

BREAKING: Superstar sprinter Orson Allen has been retired immediately and will not contest the Group 1 National Sprint Final at Cannington on August 24.

Adam Dobbin

11 August 2019

SUPERSTAR sprinter Orson Allen has been retired to stud immediately.

Winner at 31 of his 61 race starts with prizemoney of $620,000, the regally bred son of Kc And All and Desalle Bale won’t take his place in August 24’s National Sprint Grand Final at Cannington after pulling up with a reoccurring knee injury from Thursday’s Victorian Sprint Final at The Meadows.

Assured of a place in the Group 1 National Sprint Grand Final regardless of his finishing position on Thursday as first in line for the coveted ‘wild-card’ slot, the Correy Grenfell-trained charge looked a shade of his brilliant best after a tardy start, finishing a well beaten fifth behind Black Opium.

A group race finalist on no less than 14 occasions, Orson Allen’s crowning glory came at Cannington in March this year when he took out the Group 1 Perth Cup in electrifying fashion, before going on to win the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson at Sandown Park in May.

Bred in the purple, Orson Allen’s two group 1 wins sit beside his group 2 Horsham Cup and Cranbourne Cup successes, while also winning at group 3 level in the Sandown Shootout last November, stopping the clock in a devastating 29.19.

Orson Allen will commence stud duties at Meticulous Lodge immediately, standing at $3,300 for his first season.

His entry into the stud ranks has been eagerly awaited by breeders.

By Kc And All, Orson Allen’s dam Desalle Bale is a litter-sister to champion sire Barcia Bale, without question the most dominant stud dog of his generation.

Their dam Princess Bale has had a profound impact on the Wheeler family’s breeding dynasty, her direct offspring winning almost 300 races and $1.6 million in prizemoney.

Group Race Performances …


WON Group 3 Sandown Shootout
Runner-up Group 2 Bendigo Cup
Runner-up Group 1 Maturity Classic
Third Group 3 Cranbourne Cup
Runner-up Group 2 Geelong Cup
Fifth Group 3 Silver Bullet


WON Group 2 Cranbourne Cup
Runner-up Group 1 Temlee
WON Group 2 Horsham Cup
WON Group 1 Perth Cup
WON Group 1 Harrison-Dawson
Sixth Group 3 Easter Gift
Runner-up Group 2 Warrnambool Cup

Orson Allen’s Best Times …

Ballarat: 450m (24.85)
Bendigo: 425m (23.69)
Cannington: 520m (29.32)
Cranbourne: 520m (29.61)
Geelong: 460m (25.30)   520m (31.04)
Hobart: 461m (25.79)
Horsham: 485m (26.87) – track record
Sale: 520m (29.41)
Sandown Park: 515m (29.14)
The Meadows: 525m (29.56)
Warragul: 460m (25.53)
Warrnambool: 450m (24.94)
Wentworth Park: 520m (29.43)