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Welcome to the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2022 Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Not a good phone call to miss……
  • VBigBets – Extremely Lucky needed no luck as it bolted down the outside….
  • VBet – $100 VBET – Go Gazza at Canterbury today…
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Two group races to get around….
  • VKeeping – VRewards…
  • VFeature Racing – Anamoe building its resume….
  • VPromotions – THREE big promotions this week….
  • VFacts – Aurie’s Star, the best in the 30’s & 40’s….
  • VRefer – Mention us to Friends and Family….
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


A doctor phones a patient and says, “I have some bad news and some worse news. The bad news is that you only have 24 hours left to live.” “That is bad news,” The patient replies. “What could be worse?” The doctor answers, “I’ve been trying to reach you since yesterday…”


Last Saturday the largest winning wager with us was at Morphettville:

  • Morphettville Race 8 – Extremely Lucky $5k Fixed at $4 – Credit of $15k to the VICBET Client…..

And the largest losing wager with us was at Moonee Valley:

  • Moonee Valley Race 8 – Chief Altony $8k BOB at $2.40 (Second) Loss of $8k to the VICBET Client..

Don’t forget, we have the Daily Big Bets appearing in “Real Time” on the VICBET Home Page on the Main website, they appear as the largest wager first……


We are doing it differently now with the $100 VBET… We will ask someone on the VICBET Client list to have a pick and if the selection wins we will donate the winnings to a great cause fighting pancreatic cancerThe Pancare Foundation…. The $100 VBET is for R5 at Canterbury today $100 on Go Gazza at $8.50

VH2H – Head to Head Betting

VICBET H2H Betting is unique to us and is available every race day and night in two groups of three. It is the three Favourites (1st, 2nd and 3rd) combined in one H2H outcome and the second H2H is the 4th, 5th and 6th Favourites combined, excluding the Fav if it is Odds-on (under $2). This is a moving dynamic market so as the odds change for the actual race the odds will change for the H2H outcome. Also, you can pick your own H2H outcome, then simply go to our Live Chat or WhatsApp Tim Cleary (0433-339347) and he will price it up for you….


Not a lot of action this week but we are beginning to get to that time of the year! Only two Group races to get excited about which is the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap at Caulfield and the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick!


Stay in the game with VICBET’s new edition of the VRewards! The more bets you have, the more points you can accrue which you can redeem for bonuses. Check out the table in the VRewards section to see the rate of which you can redeem your points once logged on….


We are getting to that time of the year again! The Future Races are all online now with thirty-five races to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL is in the upcoming Winx Stakes. Anamoe has already made a name for itself and heads the market as a short $3 favourite for the race named after the superstar in Winx. This week we are offering $3.50 for the star galloper. Simply reply to the VNEWS after placing your wager or jump on Live Chat and we will amend the odds for you. Note it is $500 MAX stake and the first 25 people only, expires at midnight Friday 5th August……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


This week we are offering three MASSIVE promotions again on three different days!

Today – CANTERBURY ACTION: Have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on any runner in Canterbury Races 4-7 and if your horse runs second then we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $50! First WIN bet on each respective race only and VBoost Bet’s are not eligible.

Thursday – Fancy a bet on the dogs ? We are offering Best Tote the WIN on all races at Sandown Park.

Saturday – Same again! Simply have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on ANY race at Flemington or Randwick and if your horse runs second then we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $50! First bet on each respective race only and VBoost Bets are not eligible.


The Aurie’s Star Handicap, which will be run at Flemington this Saturday, is one of the highlight races of the early part of the racing season. Often the first Black Type race of the season, it is a popular target for not only off-season sprinters but also horses being set for Group 1 glory later in the Carnival and, to many, is the event that highlights just how close the Spring Racing Carnival is. But while the race is well known, not as common is knowledge regarding the sprint star after whom it is named. Aurie’s Star had claims on recognition as Australia’s fastest sprinter of the 1930s and 40s, often carting monster weights to feature-race victory in record time. Foaled in 1932, the product of a union between Stardrift and Aurie Anton, Aurie’s Star began his career in South Australia but came of age with victory in the 1937 Oakleigh Plate when he won the five-and-a-half furlong (about 1100m) event by five lengths in Australian record time. He then confirmed his star status when he completed the big sprint double of the day with victory in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. As a six-year-old, in 1939, Aurie’s Star created history when he became the first horse to win the Oakleigh Plate more than once, a feat only Dual Choice (1972/73) has been able to emulate. Aurie’s Star claimed his native state’s premier sprint as a seven-year-old in 1940 when he carted 10 stone (63.5kg) to victory and the following season achieved arguably his most well-known feat when he set the Flemington ‘straight six’ record carrying 64kg. It was a record that remained unbettered during the Imperial period and even after metric conversions stood until 1991, when finally eclipsed by Final Card in the Gadsden Stakes (now Patinack Farm Classic). The Victoria Racing Club recognised Aurie’s Star’s achievements in the 1970s when they named a stock-standard midweek event after the gelding. That event has evolved into the $200k Group 3 that will be run this weekend. Bart Cummings identified early that the 1200m contest was a suitable event to launch spring campaigns for his staying prospects and his 11th Melbourne Cup winner, Rogan Josh, had his first start for the ‘Cups King’ in the 1999 Aurie’s Star. With an increasing profile, the race moved to Sunday in 2002 and produced a stellar result with Fields Of Omagh winning an event that included Cummings’ Oaks heroine Magical Miss (fourth), who went on to win the Memsie Stakes and pushed Northerly to a long head in the Underwood Stakes. Magical Miss again resumed in the Aurie’s Star in 2003, finishing sixth, one spot behind Roman Arch, who later that spring claimed the Group 1 Toorak Handicap. Niconero, who finished his career with five Group 1 wins to his name, won in 2005, defeating Valedictum, the Emirates Stakes champion of that year. Last in the 2005 Aurie’s Star was El Segundo, who was to become a staple of the race in the late 2000s.  El Segundo ran a second to Bel Danoro in 2006, the first edition run on Saturday, when Apache Cat (third) and Zipping (fifth) were among the beaten brigade, before going on to be nosed out by Fields Of Omagh in the Cox Plate. El Segundo again launched his campaign in the Aurie’s Star in 2007, which was run at Moonee Valley with Flemington in the latter stages of being renovated, and while he finished one spot further back he went one position better in the Cox Plate.  After his final race in 1944 with the lack of horse transport it was reported that Aurie’s Star was actually walked the 68 miles from his stable at Glenelg to his owners property at Rhynie. Aurie’s Star died on April 30 1952. He had been in great health until only a few hours before his death that night and was buried on the property. His owner George Badman died the following year in September 1953 and was also known for the famous ‘Gem’ family horses including French Gem, Royal Gem, Beau Gem. etc 


Many people think we are one of those Corporate outfits but that is not the case. With an emphasis on the three codes of Horse Racing, Dogs and Trots we are the Old Fashioned type of Bookmakers (four generations going back to 1941). My Late Father Allen Cleary was a Bookmaker from 1956 – 2006, his Uncle Bob was a Bookmaker from 1941 – 1961. Today it is myself Rod and my Son Tim sharing the reins. We are very approachable, we work On Course at the Melbourne Metro Meetings on the Rails, however the vast majority of our turnover is Online. Once again your referrals are always very much appreciated and one of the main sources of us sourcing new Clients so thanks very much in advance…….Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions about any Racing/Bookmaking Matters….The best way is Live Chat or call our mobiles…….


If you are new to VICBET in recent times a big welcome, if you have had an established account and have misplaced your login details, jump on the Live Chat, reply here to the VNEWS  or FREECALL 1300-126126…… We will forward your details to you by text and email…..

Finally we are the only Bookmaker doing the Best of the Best (BOB) on all Australian Mainland Race Meetings seven days a week plus we offer a service on Overseas races through to the last overnight race…..

Good Luck and Happy Punting…….