There are omen bets, and there are omen bets. Queensland’s last thoroughbred racing event of the Australian financial year returned a win for The Tax Accountant for Sunshine Coast-based trainer Tom Button and jockey Brad Pengelly.

Perhaps the sustained gamble on The Tax Accountant in the TAB Tattersall’s Gold Cup Open Handicap at Rockhampton had something to do with cashed-up Australian beancounters placing bets during end-of-financial-year celebrations.

The Tax Accountant, a son of recently deceased mare Flo Jo, made steady progress throughout his 40th start to post his seventh victory after being backed into 9-5 favouritism. No Button-prepared galloper has banked more prizemoney than The Tax Accountant, which has earned $295,575 in his career.

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