McDonald expects to be in front mid-race and he expects Bowman to be back near last.
McDonald knows how that burst feels.
The Melbourne Cup may be the race that stops the nation, but on a sunny Saturday afternoon it was Winx who drew every eyeball in Australia.
Debbie Kepitis, a part-owner of Winx, said: "She is the most wonderful, supreme athlete I've ever seen handled by the best coach".
"So even though she is the best horse I have ridden, when people ask me who is the best horse I have ridden I automatically think Dundeel, who won this race too".
No, Hughie, she's not just a horse. Bowman had the Japanese runner measured, however, and won going away as Winx has done in virtually all of her victories. But my horse is really well and it looks like we might lead. "I reckon she stops the world". Well, I just do what I do.
"I hadn't thought about winning a race like today ever in my lifetime", Waller said.
She smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record last August when making it 26 in a row, and surpassed retired northern hemisphere jumper Hurricane Fly's then-record 22 Group 1 victories at the Chipping Norton Stakes last month.
Verry Elleegant is still part-owned in New Zealand after starting her career here unheralded last winter before being sold for big money.
"It brings the world together as one", trainer Chris Waller said after the win.
Part-owner Debbie Kepitis said: "This is a fairytale ending, we weren't sure if we'd get that, but how wonderful is that girl?" I mean, she just showed you what she is capable of doing. But the way she runs around in the straight, that is a bit of a pain.
"If she had gone overseas as a younger horse, would she be here now?"
It was her 33 consecutive win, and 37 overall - 25 of which have come at Group 1 level, including four Cox Plates - in a career that encompassed 43 starts.
"I don't think anyone is more deserving than Chris of getting his 100th Group 1 victor with the best horse that has ever gone around in the world, " he said.
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.
The dream team of Bowman and mighty mare Winx.