Arrogate Better Than Winx? How is That Possible

We do not claim to be the world’s foremost authorities when it comes to thoroughbred rankings, but we still feel compelled to ask – How does a horse that has made nine starts rank ahead of one that has made 27?

That is the comparison that leaps out when we look at the careers of Longines number one Arrogate of the U.S. and compare him with Winx, the current number two.

Arrogate has made just nine starts. He has brought in far more than Winx in earnings – over $US17 million – whereas Winx currently stands at $AUD 12.75.

Winx has run three times as many races. It is not any deficiency on her part that she competes in a country where the prizemoney is not equal.

She could take over the number one ranking if she should win the Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Randwick this weekend, provided that Arrogate does not rebound and win the Pacific Classic at Del Mar racecourse half a day later.

Winx is one of 11 horses nominated for the Warwick Stakes. She currently carries a TAB Fixed Odds quote of $1.10. The next closest is Invincible Gem at $13, but her trainer Kris Lees is on record as saying that Invincible Gem will not contest the Warwick Stakes, at the risk of discovering that she is entirely vincible.

We say that if Arrogate is ahead of Winx on prize money alone, that it is an egregious miscarriage of justice. Ignoring the era for a moment, it is like saying that Adam Scott is a greater golfer than Jack Nicklaus was, since the Golden Bear earned about $5.7 million to Scott’s $46.8 million.

Nicklaus and Scott have competed in the same tournament at different times. Winx and Arrogate have never run in the same races.

For our part, we would rather pay our $99.99 pay-per-view fee to see Winx and Arrogate go head-to-head on neutral ground, say, Britain’s Royal Ascot, than we would squander that amount on the Conor McGregor – Floyd Mayweather farce.

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