Alleged (horse)

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SireHoist The Flag
GrandsireTom Rolfe
DamPrincess Pout
DamsirePrince John
Foaled4 May 1974
CountryUnited States
BreederJune H. McKnight
OwnerRobert Sangster. Racing colors: Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, green spots.
TrainerVincent O'Brien
Record10: 9-1-0
Major wins
Great Voltigeur Stakes (1977)
Gallinule Stakes (1977)
Royal Whip Stakes (1977, 1978)
Prix du Prince d'Orange (1978)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1977, 1978)
Top-rated European horse (1977, 1978)
Timeform top-rated horse (1977, 1978)
Timeform rating: 138
Champion Broodmare Sire in France (1998)
Last updated on September 27, 2006

Alleged (4 May 1974 – 2000) was an American-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1977 and 1978. One of the outstanding racehorses of the 20th Century, he was only beaten once in his career, when he was 2nd in the 1977 St Leger after starting the 4/7 favourite.


Alleged was a bay horse bred by June McKnight. He was sold twice as a young horse, being sold for $34,000 as a yearling and $175,000 as a two-year-old.[1] On the second occasion he was bought by Robert Sangster and his associates and sent to be trained in Europe. He ran originally in the colours of Robert Fluor before being transferred to Sangster's colours towards the end of his 3-year-old career[2]. According to Sangster, the original intention was to race Alleged in California, but it was felt that the colt's forelegs would not stand up to the stresses of American racing.[3] Alleged was trained at Ballydoyle, in Ireland by Vincent O'Brien.

Racing career[edit]

Alleged did not appear on a racecourse until November 1976, when he won the 7-furlong Donnelly's Hollow Maiden Stakes by 8 lengths at the Curragh.

As a three-year-old he won the Ballydoyle Stakes at Leopardstown Racecourse in April in workmanlike style but then created a 33/1 upset by winning the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh, beating his stable companion Valinsky who started favourite as well as the previous year's Irish St Leger winner, Meneval. Alleged then won the Gallinule Stakes and was originally scheduled to run in the Irish Derby, but Vincent O'Brien decided to run Epsom Derby winner The Minstrel instead and rested Alleged until August when he outclassed a strong field in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. Alleged started favourite for the St. Leger Stakes, but finished second to Dunfermline. Many observers felt that jockey Lester Piggott erred in taking on Dunfermline's two pacemakers throughout the race rather than conserving Alleged's stamina and using his superior finishing speed[4]. In the 1977 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Alleged led for most of the way and won readily by one and a half lengths from Balmerino, easily reversing placings with Dunfermline who finished fourth.

At four, Alleged was unbeaten in three races. He won the Royal Whip Stakes again, but then missed the summer due to sore shins followed by a virus. He returned in the autumn to win the Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamps, breaking the course record for 10 furlongs. He then won his second Arc, winning by two lengths from the fillies Trillion and Dancing Maid.


In the inaugural International Classification, a collaboration between the official handicappers of Britain, France and Ireland, Alleged was rated the best European horse of 1977 with a rating of 138. He was again rated the best European horse in 1978 with a rating of 140.

Alleged was given a Timeform rating of 137 in 1977 and 138 in 1978. In both seasons, he was the organisation's highest rated horse.

Stud record[edit]

Retired after the 1978 racing season, he was syndicated for $16 million [5]and stood at stud at Walmac International near Lexington, Kentucky and sired a number of champions. Among them were Miss Alleged, Midway Lady, Shantou, Legal Case, Law Society, Leading Counsel and Strategic Choice. Alleged is the grandsire of 2005 Grand National winner, Hedgehunter and damsire of 2010 winner, Don't Push It.

Alleged died in 2000 from the infirmities of old age and is buried at Walmac International.


Pedigree of Alleged[6]
Hoist The Flag (USA)
Tom Rolfe (USA)
Ribot Tenerani
Pocahontas Roman
Wavy Navy (USA)
War Admiral Man o' War
Triomphe Tourbillon
Princess Pout (USA)
Prince John (USA)
Princequillo Prince Rose
Not Afraid Count Fleet
Banish Fear
Determined Lady (USA)
Determine Alibhai
Tumbling War Admiral
Up The Hill

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1999). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  2. ^ R S Reeves. Crown Jewels of Thoroughbred Racing. The Blood Horse, Kentucky, 1997, ISBN 0-939049-90-2.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2012-08-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Ivor Herbert and Jacqueline O’Brien (1984), Vincent O’Brien’s Great Horses, Pelham Books
  5. ^'Brien_Biography
  6. ^ "Alleged pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-16.