In the old days, they would have nailed a poster of Emmet McNamara to notice boards and furlong poles across the land: "Wanted - the man who stole the Derby." And if he did not actually steal it, at the very least he found a £50 note on the road and did the more morally acceptable thing of picking it up and putting it in his pocket.
Coronavirus has turned many things on their heads, including last week's month-late Investec Derby, in which the previously unheralded jockey, aided by his very willing partner Serpentine, gave one of the best displays of front-running in recent times to come home five lengths clear of a field that was never nearer. That happens occasionally - but not in the world's greatest Flat race.
After the big story in the build-up to the race was the jocking-off of Tom Marquand on English King, the favourite, in favour of the vastly more experienced Frankie Dettori, whose 25th Derby spin it was, the irony was that it was McNamara's first ride at Epsom, let alone in the Derby.
"I'm taking my time coming down to earth," admitted the 30-year-old McNamara, who is now halfway through his 14-day self-quarantining period following his weekend trip to England and, a day later, to France for the French Derby, meaning he has not even been back into Ballydoyle to ride out since.
"I think a lot of people were blown away by the style of it but it was always my plan from when I had spoken to Aidan [O'Brien] - to go a nice even gallop to halfway, fill up and go again. He's bred to stay, he's a good-moving colt, he handled the track better than most. He was good and brave and when I gave him a squeeze he let fly down the hill and maintained the gallop all the way to the line.
"It was my first ride at Epsom, but not the first time I'd been. I was there with Giovanni Canaletto in Golden Horn's year  and walked the track with the team of jockeys and Aidan.
"I'd watched plenty of replays and when I got there on Saturday I walked it again with Seamie [Heffernan] and Pádraig [Beggy], who have both won the race. They were fantastic, and though Seamie had his own ride, he was saying, 'This is what you might want to do here'. It was the same at Chantilly - it's that wealth of experience."
The son of Limerick jump trainer, Eric, and with a minimum weight of 9st, which rules him out of more Flat races than it rules him in, one might have expected it to be the Grand National rather than the Derby in which McNamara earned his slice of racing immortality. But the Flat had always seemed the way for him to go.
"I was brought up watching Cheltenham and Aintree but I had a fascination of Mick Kinane, Frankie Dettori, Johnny Murtagh jetting off around the world and the internationalism of it."
His potential as a jockey became clear in the Irish pony racing circuit between the ages of 11 and 16. He was champion twice, riding 160 winners. His biggest achievement was to break Norman Williamson's record when he rode 65 winners in one season.
Having started out with one not-very-good pony of his own, he was soon the go-to jockey for other people. "It set me up for early adulthood," McNamara recalled of the 'amateur' sport. "I was a burden to my parents in many other ways but I was self-sufficient financially from about the age of 11!"
In his first year out of school he was apprentice to his father but moved to Ger Lyons, where he was champion in his first full season. He had two more good seasons with Lyons but, after a quiet end to a third, the trainer suggested he try England.
He went to Ralph Beckett, but that winter he travelled to Australia and Dubai and, when he came back, he was too heavy for the Flat. He returned home, had nearly 200 rides over jumps and rode out for his father, Gordon Elliott and Noel Meade.
Gradually his weight came right and although there was the job of second jockey to Colin Keane back at Lyons', six years ago the possibility of a position riding out for O'Brien came up and he decided to put all his eggs in the Ballydoyle basket.
"If you go in and ride out there are no promises, but if you work hard you're in the hat for them and if you're drawn out …" The possibilities, it seems, are endless. But it is, perhaps, no wonder McNamara got his fractions right at Epsom. He has an honours degree in finance accounting and, in evening classes, is "tipping away" at attaining a Masters. He has one exam to pass before he can become a professional chartered accountant.
"I've always enjoyed figures, but there's no master plan to sit in an office now or in the future," he explained. "It's kept me out of trouble, but there won't be any pleading ignorance if I fill in my tax return wrong this year."
Of course, he would like more. "When you don't have a Group One, one will do," he said. "As soon as you have one you want another. I've no targets but I'd like to capitalise on it. Having said that, anything I get is a bonus. If you told me before Saturday I could only have one winner and never get another, I'd have taken it."