The Favourite for the Melbourne Cup

When one thinks of the Melbourne Cup – Australia’s greatest horse race, held every year on the first Tuesday in November – one does not necessarily think of Accounting Firms, but in this year’s race that’s exactly what the general public will be thinking about.

Accounting Firms are generally associated with money, people in suits, numbers, calculators, big businesses, small businesses, medium businesses, financial plans, retirement, self managed super funds, taxation, bookkeeping, asset protection, cash flow, and everything in between.

But for this year’s biggest horse race there is a contender who was once a battler, but that has come from the clouds over the past few months to emerge as the real chance to take out the honours. ‘What is this horse’s name?’ I hear you ask. Well, it’s a simple one. It’s called Accounting, and as the reporting goes, Accounting firms as the favourite for the title. The race, as it does every year, will stop the nation, but Accounting is expected to stop all the other horses in their tracks.

Out of Cheque Mate and Dire Straits, Accounting is a three year old from New South Wales. There are a few reasons why Accounting is the favourite to take out the cup. She is excellent over long distances, and the Melbourne Cup, at 3200 metres, certainly fits into that category.

Accounting is also on a hot streak. She has won her past five races in a row, and has only dropped two in her past twenty. She is just an incredible animal who knows how to win. She could probably do it even without a jockey. And the most amazing thing is she does it all in spite of her name, which has to be one of the most ironic names ever given to a horse in the history of racing.