Winx, unlike so many human athletes, has been able to end the journey on her terms.
McDonald expects to be in front mid-race and he expects Bowman to be back near last.
Chris Waller and Winx have combined for one last win.
McDonald knows how that burst feels.
But what of Winx, the wonder mare who goes into retirement after 33 consecutive wins. "(Winx) has captured the hearts of people all around the world".
Winx came in wide before breezing past her challengers with 200 metres to go. But my horse is really well and it looks like we might lead. I mean, she just showed you what she is capable of doing.
"I am pretty good".
Though she will be something around 1-10 favorite to give the racing public the fairy-tale farewell they are yearning for, the Queen Elizabeth should test her as much as she has been tested in recent memory. "Winx is going to become a mum now so there is a few more chapters to go with this story".
"To get that fairytale result, it was like your wedding day", Waller said in an interview on Sunrise on Channel 7. I'll be forever thankful to her.
McDonald isn't sure Verry Elleegant is a natural 2400m horse even though she is bred to stay and has slayed most of her opponents today over 2000m in a style that suggests she will add the Oaks.
Her 37 victories matched the career record of Phar Lap, while she extended the record of Group One wins she took sole possession of last month with her 23rd win.
"Purely in racing terms, I reckon it's the most anticipated race and raceday in my lifetime", he said before hosting Channel Seven's coverage.
McDonald also suggests sharp sprint colt Zousain can return to his best in the A$1 million Arrowfield Sprint, where he meets outstanding Matamata filly Avantage.
Straight after finishing Bowman was left in disbelief at the luck he had for being the man who was on the saddle throughout Winx's career.
As the Official Partner of the Australian Turf Club, prestige Swiss watchmaker Longines were official timekeepers of the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes race day.
R9: 6.30pm A$1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes: Consensus.
R8: 5.50pm A$2 million Sydney Cup: Sir Charles Road, Glory Days, Zacada, Rondinella.