Zenyatta confirmed in the matter of 20-odd strides what some of us had believed for a long time: that she is the superior of any horse in training in North America.

Languishing in 10th place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic midway of the turn, she catapulted into contention in the space of 20 strides (I counted), cutting through traffic faster than the holes could close and raising Trevor Denman’s blood pressure in a rousing call to the finish.

Then the situation became normal for her opposition. A view of her powerful rear end.