This one stretches back three decades to the glorious reign of Vincent O’Brien at Ballydoyle in the banner year of 1977, when Robert Sangster and company were flush with classic winners and major G1 performers, such as classic winner The Minstrel.
The stable accounted for the Derby, Irish Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Irish St Leger, and Arc de Triomphe that season, among dozens of other and lesser successes that would have brightened the year of any other stable.
And at one of the good group events at the Curragh in the late spring, Ballydoyle had an entry. The favored portion was ridden by lead jockey Lester Piggott, and the less-fancied colt went to another of the stable’s highly competent riders.
Going to the start, Piggott was taking for granted that his victory was a foregone conclusion, when the other rider informed him that “sorry, mate, but this one I’m riding can’t be touched by the likes of yours.”
It turned out the lad was right, and the colt he rode that fine afternoon was Alleged.