On debut for the Chris Waller stable, Arcadia Queen lined up off a lengthy break (280 days) and while lacking top shelf opposition she again stamped herself as a genuine top liner.
Can she win The Everest? That's the question we will all get answered on October 19th, but where's the fun in waiting until then.
She rounded out her 3YO preparation rated 121 by Timeform, having taken a big step forward in the Kingston Town Classic off her dominant success in the WA Guineas [1600m].
Improving with each performance, she arguably should be unbeaten and hit her peaks at a mile and beyond.
That appears to be the main anchor in everyone questioning her chances in the Everest.
She won't be at her peak over that shorter trip, she'll be far better suited over a mile and beyond.
On current evidence that appears true, however a key characteristic of ratings is opportunity.
Yes her peaks were over further, however she's never been given the opportunity to run a high rating over a shorter trip, until Saturday.
The only time we have seen her over 1200m was on debut when racing clearly inferior horses.
Some will argue, well why then didn't she just beat them by further, but again the way the race was run, she simply didn't have the opportunity to, she can't defy physics.
In other words, they went so slowly early it reduces her opportunity to really put a margin on them, it would be like racing Usain Bolt over 20m as opposed to 100m, you are going to get a lot closer over 20m.
On Saturday we saw her line up short of a mile and produce a career peak performance, rated 121 by Timeform.
Yes she had all the favours, however she did it first up with obvious big targets to come.
While there are anomalies, the Chris Waller stable rarely produces their horses at their peak first up.
This is also highlighted in his win strike rate: first up> second up> third up (12%, 12%, 16%).
This suggests that her rating of 121 is unlikely to be her peak (this preparation) and hence it puts her right in the ballpark of winning an Everest.
Once factoring in the mares' allowance her rating of 121 = 125, she's already a strong chance of running top four in the feature.
If she can build on that further, then all of a sudden she's a serious threat in the big dance.
However you would be a brave man to suggest she doesn't have more to come, if that's the case, she is to be taken very seriously.
She may find the 1200m too short and she is likely to be better over further, however I am certainly enamoured with Arcadia Queen.